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post #1 of 8 Old 12-26-2010, 09:41 PM - Thread Starter
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A while back I used some arctic silver thermal adhesive to glue a heatsink to my sound card, as I thought overheating was causing issues. Tomorrow I am doing a computer overhaul, and I figure while I'm at it I might as well remove said heatsink (since it didn't do anything) and put the nice aluminum cover back on my sound card. Any suggestions on how to remove it without damaging the sound card?

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-26-2010, 09:44 PM
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Leave it on. That stuff is designed to where heat won't remove it. And any solvent could damage the mb if you're not careful

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EDIT: dude ^ it's not on the board

to remove the heat sink, don't pull it off, twist it, thus it won't pull out the sound card chip

just twist and it should 'pop' then fall off

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Dude he used thermal ADHESIVE not cooling paste. He's more likely to rip the chip off then to remove the heatsink by twisting

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Adhesive... leave it on. It's adhesive for a reason.

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You could try sanding, but that's probably more trouble than it's worth. What soundest BTW?

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Like Fear said, just gently twist the heatsink off. Use a little gentle force and make sure to keep the card straight when twisting.

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