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I was cleaning up the dust in my computer earlier and i wanted to take my noctua out to fully clean the dust build up. I took it off and found to my amazement that i didn't have a cpu confused.gif at first i thought that it fell somewhere in my case or something, but i looked for about 5 min with no use.

Then i finally looked at the bottom of my heatsink and bam.. there it was.
It felt like it was super-glued to the bottom of my heatsink, even though i warmed up my computer for about an hour before i took it apart. I am using the noctua thermal paste...

Is this normal? and the next time i want to replace my heatsink, or cpu what can i do to prevent this from happening?

BTW i used a small razor to unhinge my cpu from the heatsink... so far it doesn't seem to be damaged... if this happens again is there any other method in which i can take them apart that does not include a sharp razor?
Edited by badatgames18 - 3/1/11 at 6:30pm
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post #2 of 12
perhaps you used too much TIM?
post #3 of 12
LOL you looked for your cpu for 5 minutes?

anyways, I've had this happen before. All I did was rotate the cpu towards the edge gently and it came off after a few minutes
post #4 of 12
It's normal for 4-year-old P4 heatsinks, wouldn't think it would happen to something relatively new. tongue.gif

Next time, you'll need to twist the heatsink rather than pull it straight out. It probably won't happen again.
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That happens to AMD cpu's a lot, they aren't connected all that tight.
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post #6 of 12
Look for bent pins
I once found a s478 heatsink in a trash bin full of awesome parts that I took home. Once i got home, it had a P4 2.4Ghz S478 stuck on it. So many bent pins... lachen.gif
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Shane1244;12576282 
That happens to AMD cpu's a lot, they aren't connected all that tight.

Ya I had that problem with my 1055t only after like 20 mins after I applied thermal paste.
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Originally Posted by badatgames18;12576205 
BTW i used a small razor to unhinge my cpu from the heatsink... so far it doesn't seem to be damaged... if this happens again is there any other method in which i can take them apart that does not include a sharp razor?

Use a old Credit Card and wedge it in between the HS and CPU. It pops right off. Be ready though lol
     
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LOL

I always do the gentle wiggle back-and-forth method to loosen the TIM. That way I never have to pull up, the air just works into the grease and in short order lets go on its own.
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use a heat gun
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