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Old 04-02-2007, 02:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Installing a processor with heatsink attached?

Okay, I'm in need of help...serious help. I was cleaning a friend's computer out and I somehow moved the cpu while cleaning it's fan. The processor is now out and I can't figure out how to get it back in.

The problem is that the heatsink is attached to the processor. I can't put the processor in because the heat sink pushes the zif bar down before it even reaches the processor. Like I said I'm in need of desperate help, this is not my computer and I need to get it fixed in next few hours. What should I do?

Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-02-2007, 03:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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remove the heatsink, install processor, apply thermal paste, then install heatsink. should be simple...

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Default Re: Installing a processor with heatsink attached?

Yes, as mentioned you need to CAREFULLY remove the CPU from the heatsink. After that, you need to clean BOTH the CPU heat spreader and the bottom of the heat sink with Q-tips and high purity isopropyl alcohol (that means look for the label with the highest % of isopropyl alcohol.) You can find isopropyl alcohol at your local grocery store near the rubbing alcohol & Hydrogen Peroxide, for about $1.00 or less.

I put a bit of the iso. alcohol into a small plastic dixie cpu, and clean that way so that I am not getting junk into the entire bottle.

Once it is clean, put on new thermal paste, and simply re-apply the heatsink.

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Old 04-03-2007, 11:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Installing a processor with heatsink attached?

Thanks guys.

I was really worried because I tried putting it in while the zif bar was down and I bent a bunch of pins. I put the pins back in place, and then used a hair dryer to loosen up the stuff and used a twisting motion to get it off. I tried pulling at first, but that didn't work. Anyways I got it all fixed in time and the computer works better than ever. It was overheating due to tons of dust.

Again thanks a million.
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