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#1 qosu

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 02:23 PM

I recently built a new system and in the process of doing this, I got some of my thermal paste on the mobo itself...It doesn't say what to do on the AC5 website, so does anyone here have a suggestion on what I should use//do to remove it?

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 02:46 PM

You can try and blow such off with compressed air.
But if you have tried a start up otherwise, it's probably too late.
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Posted 08 February 2009 - 08:03 PM

if its just on the board itself (a flat surface) and you havet started it up yet, u can try gently wiping it off with a dry non-static cloth, but if its close to or on any capacitors I would avoid doing that at all costs, dont want any pressure on those. Id try the compressed air as well.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:43 AM

i think it got on there after i took the processor fan off...it didn't turn on, so the computer was off before it got on it, I'm fairly sure.

compressed air, or non static cloth are my best bet?

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:49 AM

I would remove the board. Wipe it very carefully. Being careful not to smear the paste about.
My personal Tech says to use Q-tips.
(He then uses alcohol dipped swabs also. But doesn't recommend such usage for the novice. and leave the board to dry for a day.)
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Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:53 AM

I would remove the board. Wipe it very carefully. Being careful not to smear the paste about.
My personal Tech says to use Q-tips.
(He then uses alcohol dipped swabs also. But doesn't recommend such usage for the novice. and leave the board to dry for a day.)





I'll do that for sure, thanks for the info.

how bad would it be if i started it up with ac5 on the mobo? we talkin fire? lol

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:56 AM

Probably short it out.

That paste is a conductor....
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Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:57 AM

when I get my cpu returned and everything, i guess i'll find out then :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 10:23 AM

I would remove the board. Wipe it very carefully. Being careful not to smear the paste about.
My personal Tech says to use Q-tips.
(He then uses alcohol dipped swabs also. But doesn't recommend such usage for the novice. and leave the board to dry for a day.)



would it be better if I used the arctic cleaner or alcohol?

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 10:28 AM

I wasn't aware of an Artic Cleaner. So I guess I'd use that? Follow the directions?
My Tech only mentioned the alcohol use he does as an aside and said the novice shouldn't do such normally.
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Posted 09 February 2009 - 03:13 PM

Alcohol and Q-tips is all I've ever used
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Posted 17 February 2009 - 10:21 AM

Alcohol and Q-tips is all I've ever used




I'm gonna do this later today, thanks for all the feed back. Anyone else with more info feel free to post.



bah...you have to take out all the memory and cards before cleaning right?

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 10:23 AM

Use the alcohol and Q-tips.

My suggestion to use the air will just spread it around I'm told.
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Posted 17 February 2009 - 12:44 PM

bah...you have to take out all the memory and cards before cleaning right?

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:59 PM

well, I cleaned it up. It ends up, it wasn't even really on the motherboard(a tiny bit was) it was mostly on the cpu socket.




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