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Hi,
I was cleaning my computer today and I was going to replace my TIM. When I was going to take of my heatsink, it was stuck. The stock TIM that I had left on from when I got the heatsink had caked right on to my Cpu. So, what should I do now?

I tried to raise the lever to release the Cpu, however the mounitng brackets are in the way to raise it though. So now, I am not sure what to do.

Thanks in advance,
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Edited by Build It Fast - 8/7/11 at 11:57am
    
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Run the computer for some time maybe load prime95 and then quickly turn it off and take off the cooler. It may be a bit hot and you should twist it instead of lifting it.
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post #3 of 13
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Run the computer for some time maybe load prime95 and then quickly turn it off and take off the cooler. It may be a bit hot and you should twist it instead of lifting it.
Well, I already took out the ram, and unplugged my gpu. It was a pretty major cleaning project. My computer was pretty dusty.
    
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post #4 of 13
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Run the computer for some time maybe load prime95 and then quickly turn it off and take off the cooler. It may be a bit hot and you should twist it instead of lifting it.
This. Get your CPU hot for a bit, then immediately shut down and go about removing the heatsink.
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Well, I already took out the ram, and unplugged my gpu. It was a pretty major cleaning project. My computer was pretty dusty.
Sounds like you unbuilt it fast. Doing as he said would be the safest way to get it done.
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post #6 of 13
Well, reinstall the ram and video card and let it run for a few minutes to heat up.

or

Pull really hard and hope for the best?

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post #7 of 13
twist it side to side if you can. If that does not work take a cotton swab, dip it in alcohol, and rub that around the edges of the CPU where the heatsink contacts it. eventually the seal will break.
 
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Twist and shout?
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post #9 of 13
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Well, reinstall the ram and video card and let it run for a few minutes to heat up.

or

Pull really hard and hope for the best?

Well, house. I went and did this just to make sure it was really stuck, and by a miracle it came off. Before I posted this thread it wasn't moving at all. If I tried to twist or anything. It just suddenly came off.

I have no clue why it wouldn't move all of 10 minutes ago, however it did now so.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
I will rep you all for coming to help so quickly.
    
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post #10 of 13
For future reference, you can achieve the same effect as a stress test, for this purpose, without having to power the system on; just use a hair dryer.
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