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#1 EEclips3

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 12:17 AM

Well you know I wouldn't come to you guys bugging you with silly solutions to easily solved questions, but google has failed me several times now and quite frankly. . . I'm bored with it :thumbsup:

I was installing some new ram memory when i came across a troublesome problem. My fan is coated with a centimeter of dust! Not only that the interior under the first panel of the fan on top of the mobo has literally an inch of dust lining it as well. The thing is there is a contraption holding it in place preventing me from removing the under layer after removing the fan. Looks like a clip from a tool box of some sort. Anyways here is probably what you'll need to know to help me a little further.

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2 Fans the one I'm not talking about is facing the back of the computer.

Also I'd like to know if its safe to just hose down everything inside the computer with duster spray :flowers: I'm cleaning fans thoroughly with soft tooth brush.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 12:21 AM

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 01:33 AM

Wow that helped alot thanks m8 :thumbsup: I just got a greater understanding in computer cleaning. But the real question is how do I clean that silver layer under and after I take the top fan off and unplug it from the mobo? The CPU fan and heatsink.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 01:39 AM

I'd try blowing out the dust with a can of compressed air.
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Posted 25 August 2008 - 01:46 AM

If I understand correctly, you removed the fan/heatsink from the processor?
That was not required.
That silver layer under the heatsink is the thermal paste, which is used to increase heat transfer from the processor, to the heatsink.

To clean it off, use rubbing alcohol.
After the old paste is removed, and the heatsink and processor have been cleaned, you will have to re-apply more paste, or run the risk of frying your processor.
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Posted 25 August 2008 - 02:08 AM

If I understand correctly, you removed the fan/heatsink from the processor?
That was not required.
That silver layer under the heatsink is the thermal paste, which is used to increase heat transfer from the processor, to the heatsink.

To clean it off, use rubbing alcohol.
After the old paste is removed, and the heatsink and processor have been cleaned, you will have to re-apply more paste, or run the risk of frying your processor.


No I haven't done anything to it yet I just needed a professional opinion on what I should do :thumbsup: Thanks for helping btw I've been up all night just staring at drives and wires >.< Basically there is a ton of dust build up on the heatsink and if you seen it you would probably say this needs to be cleaned asap. Could i just air dust the majority away or use a hosed vacuum to get most of it off preserving the paste?

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 03:18 AM

i would be afraid of static with a vaccuum. But if its what you want to do go for it.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 03:50 AM

i would be afraid of static with a vaccuum. But if its what you want to do go for it.


Won't be touching the computer while vacuuming, Using a vacuum to suck up excess dust/dirt is very common. Thanks for looking out though :thumbsup:




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