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When I replaced the fan for my old Pentium 3 the bond with the heatsink broke. The thermal paste is some kind of thin, white gunk I don't recognize. What would be the best way to clean that gunk off? And then I'm assuming a dab of arctic silver will do the trick for the remount...?

Thanks!

Pentium 3.jpg 2710k .jpg file
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PS - Anyone know of a free program that will run on Windows 2000 that will give me the core temp? Is that even possible for an old pentium III?
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When I replaced the fan for my old Pentium 3 the bond with the heatsink broke. The thermal paste is some kind of thin, white gunk I don't recognize. What would be the best way to clean that gunk off? And then I'm assuming a dab of arctic silver will do the trick for the remount...?

Thanks!

Pentium 3.jpg 2710k .jpg file
What I usually do is just try to get it of with some dry paper, for then to remove the rest with some rubbing compound.
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PS - Anyone know of a free program that will run on Windows 2000 that will give me the core temp? Is that even possible for an old pentium III?
Check out speefan, it seems it should work on 2000.
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Depending on the thickness of the old thermal paste, you may want to scrape off much of the excess using a new flat blade razor (don't use the blade on the cpu core - just the heatsink). Once you've got it down to a manageable thickness (or if it wasn't real thick to begin with) you can use 91% or higher content Isopropyl Alcohol.

Alternatively (and this is what I use to break down old thermal paste) = Ronsonol Lighter Fluid. This stuff works a treat and leaves zero residue when properly cleaned.
Edited by wevsspot - 10/23/13 at 8:20am
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Rub off as much as you can with a cloth or paper towel, then wipe it down with some rubbing alcohol with a fine cloth.

If you really wanna buff it out... clean the majority off using a washcloth, get a different washcloth that has really fine thread, spray MAF Sensor cleaner (pick it up at an auto parts store, it's basically high strength electronics cleaner) on the cloth and wipe the die (area covered by the paste) off... Then use rubbing alcohol to purify the die. Avoid getting anything on the PCB (the green part)
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When I replaced the fan for my old Pentium 3 the bond with the heatsink broke. The thermal paste is some kind of thin, white gunk I don't recognize. What would be the best way to clean that gunk off? And then I'm assuming a dab of arctic silver will do the trick for the remount...?

Thanks!

Pentium 3.jpg 2710k .jpg file

that is what they used to put on every heatsink instead of TIM up until core2duo.

i am surprised it melted though. it is removable but it will not be like a TIM removal.
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