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Is it bad if I touched the thermal paste?


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#1 taylert123

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:16 AM

i have a dell inspiron 1525 and I removed the bottom cover and then the Processor Thermal-Cooling Assembly and cleaned a place between the fan and the grille the fan pushes air out (it was really sick..)

Anyway, when I lifted it out curiousity killed the cat and i touched the top of the processor (where it has the thermal paste/glue/whatever) and then I kind of realized it wasn't that smart...so then I googled it and sure enough it said it on another page of dell's website...

So anyway, is there anything I should worry about as of now? I don't really think it's going to over heat because it's working fine so far, and I still have a warranty for a couple months, but I wanted to make sure.

The fan seems to be turning on a lot more, but it couldhave just been muffled by all the nasty lint and I didn't realize it before.

http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs...l.htm#wp1179839 (idk if it matters but I'm not from Europe...)

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 03:46 PM

IMO when in doubt go to "Best Buy" or a similar store most stock the CPU paste in a convenient syringe, I like to see a tiny bit push out when the clips/screws are seated to insure good conductivity.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 04:12 PM

If you did not remove any of the paste, then there should not be a problem.
Otherwise you may have to recover/redo such?

Personally, I always set new paste.

Watch for problems, otherwise leave it alone?

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 12:59 PM

anytime I remove a heatsink I clean out the old paste and add new paste to it. As far as touching it, as long as you didnt really remove any, that shouldnt cause any problems. I use my fingers to spread new paste (the paste I have is really thick and next to impossible to spread with a credit card) and have had no issues. It just needs to be equally spread across the top of the CPU, not to thick and not to thin.

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