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Windows 7: Rather messy thermal paste issue =/

26 Dec 2011   #11

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Be particularly careful with the CPU socket on the motherboard. Touch one of those little hair-thin pins inside and it's had it. The socket cover which came with the motherboard should be used during the cleanup process. :)
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomha View Post
Hmmm...I'm begging to think it may be an idea to redo this.
I don't have this any there something I can use instead? I didn't realise it was that sensitive (I have never actually seen under the CPU).
I can't think of anything I'd recommend. It's nothing but a flat piece of plastic, but the problem is that it is made to be the exact size to cover the delicate pins underneath. A tiny amount too big and it wouldn't fit; too small and it would crush the pins you are trying to protect.

Got a friend you can borrow one from? I should also mention that I have been assuming that a lot of the excess goo had seeped around the edge of the CPU and onto the socket itself. (We've probably all done this, by the way, so don't feel too bad.) If the socket itself is not particularly cruddy I would just leave the CPU safely where it is and let it perform the job the CPU socket cover would be doing. The rub comes when you've gotten paste underneath it and need to remove the CPU to get at it.

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26 Dec 2011   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Ah yes, now you mention it I do have a friend who recently built a new computer and should still have a socket 1155 cover from his motherboard, its the same manufacturer too. Tbh, I didn't look at it too closely, I was very stressed, worried and reluctant to look at my messy problem I was creating ha ha, we shall find out soon though.
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28 Dec 2011   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I opened 'er up to have a look at reversing the fans (I cant actually do anything about re doing the paste untill shops reopen so I can get some new thermal paste), unfortunately the rubber dampeners that help keep noise at a minimum are stuck strongly over the screws, so until I also find something to replace them, due to the fact removing them will wreck them, I cant remove the screws so I cant reverse the fan.
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29 Dec 2011   #14

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Ok, tripple post :). I couldnt be bothered waiting for stores to open for me to get new thermal paste, so I just used what was already on and cleaned around it kind of thing. It had made quite a mess and I can see a tiny smidge of paste up against the pins at the bottom of the cpu, I have no idea what kind of contact it is making. Obviously that would be very hard/risky to clean, so I didnt. This is what it looked like after about 10 minutes careful cleaning:

Sorry for it looking so bad, our good camera is away with other people on holiday, so I had to use my ipod. Just before I put the cooler on I put a tiny bit more paste on in the middle, like the size a 3mm ball, very small. All seems well now, temperatures are nice (no real noticeable temperature change.). Problem solved for now, let me know though if any of you see a problem in anything.

Thanks guys :)
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