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Computer won't start, no action at all.

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OH Smeg

You only have to worry once the CPU Temp starts getting up above 75 C.

But it has to have a Heatsink but depending on the type of CPU this could be part of the actual CPU. Intel made the Original Pentiums with the Heat Sink/Fan as part of the CPU with the Fan held on by 2 clips to the CPU. The old Z80 may not have needed a Heat Sink but everything after that has however it wasn't till the P2 came out that Intel got serious about decent Heat sinks prior to that they where small and not overly noticeable with several being glued to the CPU.

Col