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Windows 7: Want to change laptop thermal paste

08 Jul 2011   #11

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivan the SoSo View Post
One side note sometimes they don't use thermal paste...they use a thermal adhesive....
Thats true but I don't think thats likely in this case. I wouldn't think you'd use it on a laptop processor. In the ones I've opened the fan and heat sink are one unit, similar to whats on a video card. If you glued it on you would never be able to replace it if the fan quit. You wouldn't be able to remove the processor either even if it was in a socket. You wouldn't be able to raise the release lever with the heat sink still on top. I've seen the adhesive used on some video card heat sinks that didn't have a fan. Those are throw away items anyway if they fail. If you don't see any screws or clips it's likey held on with thermal adhesive and you won't have to worry about changing it.

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08 Jul 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Many times the transfer of heat to the sink is not the problem. It's the transfer of heat to the air.
A laptop cooler may be a better bet.
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10 Jul 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hey Guys (and gals)

I did not replace the wifi card nor the paste, the heatsink was not adhesive but paste, wow there was alot of dust underneath of it. Probally the reason the fan was so loud before. I would like to say thanks for all your help,
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10 Jul 2011   #14

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Great job on the full laptop exploration and cleaning. My laptop is so old as I'm hoping it will just pass away but when I replace it it's good to now with help and patience I can get deep into it and clean.....if and when needed.
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