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Windows 7: Acer Aspire thermal paste

08 Jul 2012   #1
Quick Grey Fox

Windows 7
Acer Aspire thermal paste

Recently I took my fan and heat sink out. After cleaning them I put them back. I am a novice (obviously) and never heard of heat paste until I was warned that I should have used it. I never saw any traces of any when I dismantled it so that thought never occurred to me.

I do have "CORE TEMP" installed and my laptop is running well well within the cool range. Should I go back in after purchasing some heat paste and apply it?

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08 Jul 2012   #2


hello quick, welcome to the forums

Did you remove the CPU fan and heatsink or the chassis fan?

CoreTemp is measuring the processor temps so I doubt you pulled that apart. If you notice the laptop getting hotter than normal on your lap then you might take a second look at what you did have apart; it could have had a thermal pad instead of the paste.
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08 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Quick Grey Fox View Post
Should I go back in after purchasing some heat paste and apply it?
You can use a different brand but have a look here (Artic Silver is a good product)
Arctic Silver, Inc. - Intel® Application Methods
Don't apply too much!!!

You will need to clean the top of your CPU and heatsink Cooler. Use an Artic Silver type cleaner or high purity isopropyl alcohol (I think drug stores in the US sell it). ~99.5%+ purity. Paper coffee filters are excellent lint free cleaners.
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08 Jul 2012   #4
Quick Grey Fox

Windows 7

Thanks guys...I know as much about hardware as I do my 3 exwives ...
that's why I'm divorced 3 times LOL

all I know is I took out a small fan and an "L" shaped heat sink with fins.

It was only a matter of a dozen or so screws altogether, so I guess I'll take
a better look. If I send u a pic will it help?
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09 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

OK I didn't realize it was a laptop so I have not actually performed the exercise of reapplying thermal paste to the laptop just the Acer Aspire desktop. This service manual may assist:

I think the basic principles apply but a dozen screws seems on the high side. I would have thought the heatsink and fan assembly would come out as one piece.

Send a pic.
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09 Jul 2012   #6
Quick Grey Fox

Windows 7

a dozen included those holding the back cover on LOL there were 3 for the fan and 5 for the "heat sink" do I send you a pic? I looked quickly thru the service manual but it doesn't seem to put any emphasis on the fan and heat sink.
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09 Jul 2012   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I would use this.
Arctic Silver Incorporated - Route to Product Instructions for Arctic Silver 5
Then pick what laptop processor you have and do it there way.
To much compound can also make it overheat.
Artic Silver has been do this sense Mosses was wearing dippers.
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09 Jul 2012   #9
Quick Grey Fox

Windows 7

Thank you. Thanks to you and others the job is now complete.

Quite a little education for me.

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09 Jul 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP


Glad to hear it's a success Chet. I'm about to do an older Compaq laptop myself. You've given me motivation.
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