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I have a Vantech Tip Magnet heatsink for my 3200xp and getting some hot readings lateley, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835110007 (heatsink) and how would i go about getting the dust out of the heatisnk, well its more of getting the heatsink out of the dust, the blades are brown and so are the fins, would taking a can of air to it mess up the mobo around it or idk never cleaned a heatsink while in the case still because i don't have any thermalpaste and my mobo was terribly designed to get heatsinks on so i'm fearing taking it off ( large capaciters right next to hooks on the side of zif socket) soo can i just q-tip and can of air it with no problems ?
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just blast the crap outta it with a can of air....or a compressor...

Try tweezers. If there's that much dust...it should stick together, and you can grab some big chunks.
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Well first, you need to use periods and complete sentences. I'm only posting because your avatar rocks

Just take a can of compressed air and blow it into it, that should get everything out. If not, you should take the heatsink off the board and blow at it from the bottom of the fins, that way it'll come out through the fan. And also take some tissue and wipe the fan blades so they are clean and balanced.
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Seems like you can remove the top fan from it...that might make things easier
    
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Seems like you can remove the top fan from it...that might make things easier
oh ya...I also meant to mention that. Take the fan off and clean it separately..with toilet paper or something....then do what I said with the heatsink...fingers and tweezers should work fine.
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When my WU is done i'll get on that lol, off topic but can i shut off FOlding at home and have it pick up from were it left off with no problem ?
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It should pick up at the last checkpoint....
I usually shut it down right after it completes a step.

(I am using the console.. not sure about the graphical client - should be the same though)
    
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