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Windows 7: Help cleaning thermal paste out of CPU socket

31 Jul 2013   #11

Windows 7 home premium x64

Does anyone have any ideas what liquids I should try? Should I just go to a computer store and buy a few cleaners. Should I order the arctic silver remover? What should I be trying?

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31 Jul 2013   #12

Windows 7 home premium x64

I also have no way of taking any good pictures. You can't see anything with my phone camera. Basically there is just some paste around the base of a few holes. I can't get it out with a paint brush or a tooth brush or a tooth pic or anything. I got most of the stuff with 91% isopropyl and an air compressor, but the last of this stuff just won't come out.
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31 Jul 2013   #13

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Just attaching your pic...

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31 Jul 2013   #14

Windows 7 home premium x64

Sorry guys but I can't get anything better than that ^
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01 Aug 2013   #15

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If you used Artic Silver, and they make a remover, than yes, use that!

Keep in mind that you are just trying to avoid two problems:
  • Short circuit: the conductive compound forming an electrical bridge from one pin socket to another. As long as the surface of the socket table is clean this will be avoided.
  • Electrical contact fault: if the non-conductive part of the compound forms a barrier that does not allow the ball to make good electrical contact to the socket surface. You just need to get enough of it off to allow metal to metal contact.
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01 Aug 2013   #16

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Mate for my two cents worth try Arctic Silver cleaning solution and I know it sounds daft but apply a fair bit then let have time to dissolve the compound and then apply some high vacuum to the area.

A Dyson /cyclone type cleaner would do.

Any excess a tiny piece of cotton around the end of a toothpick or just push the cotton into the pin holes - tedious but can work..

Arctic Silver Incorporated - ArctiClean we do use some solvents in health work to remove sticking plaster etc but unless you know someone with access to some.....
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