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Help please (burnt thermal paste) (problem resolved)

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so, long story short, stock heatsink came on board. (using a prebuilt's motherboard, cpu, ram, HDD, and ODD.) it has never been removed until now

i was getting weird temperatures, cpu was really hot, noticed that the heatsink wasnt hot. figured id poke around a bit.

AMD's stock thermal paste was burnt. and it refuses to come off the heatsink. its coming off very slowly. any household chemicals a good idea?

409? wd40? brasso? any of these a good idea. ill keep scrubbing while i wait for a reply.

thanks in advance to anyone willing to help.




thanks again to anyone who helped in a quick and informative manner. smile.gif
Edited by t45457523 - 11/1/12 at 3:06pm
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Isopropyl alcohol. 70% will work if that's all you have, but 91% is prefereable.
Apply that to lint-free cloth (coffee filters work great) to get the used paste off before you reapply any new TIM.
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I would avoid household cleaners...

do you have any high concentration Isopropyl alcohol? 90%+ That's what I use to clean all my electronic components.

Are you cleaning off both cooler and CPU? the former isn't so important - the latter is extremely sensitive... if there's any residue left on the pins and you power up... expect bad things to happen.

Iso is good, just leave it for a few minutes after cleaning - wipe off any excess - and it will all evaporate away with no residue.
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Originally Posted by candy_van View Post

Isopropyl alcohol. 70% will work if that's all you have, but 91% is prefereable.
Apply that to lint-free cloth (coffee filters work great) to get the used paste off before you reapply any new TIM.

ill go see if i have any. i know i have coffee filters. thank you for the advice
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problem has been resolved. thank you all for your quick and informative answers
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