Originally Posted by ChocoCake
It is possible that I have accidently kicked my PC, it is definitely worth a shot.
Though, unfortunately, I can not check it yet because I haven't got the screwdrivers, which is driving me nuts!
I will get them tomorrow. When I do have them, I take off my side-board. Carefully take off the heatsink, get some nailstuffyremover and get the paste off, reapply paste (evenly spread out with a q-tip) and reattach the heatsink?
Pull off the heatsink, clean both the heatsink and cpu(make sure whatever you clean it with doesn't leave behind residue or any particles from a rag or anything), apply one drop of thermal paste in the middle of the cpu about the size of a grain of rice, re-attach heatsink. Using more than a grain of rice is not necessary and spreading around manually before attaching heatsink can cause air pockets to form. The pressure of the heatsink against the cpu is good enough to spread the thermal paste.
Edit: Some people do it a little different, but I personally find this to be the most favorable method. Also, I use this
to clean off old thermal paste and use a lint free cloth. I'm not sure how available it is in your location, but if not you can use w/e is available that was talked about earlier in the thread.Edited by HWI - 8/18/11 at 1:54pm