A friend of mine has a Toshiba Satellite C55T-5300 on which the keyboard has begun to go wonky. So, I thought, sure, I'll replace the keyboard for you.
Researched a number of the Toshiba C50 series machines to see what was required to replace the keyboard and thought it would be easy. Well, to my amazement, the island keyboard (while having the replacement part readily available) is held in to the case via a metal plate as well as several plastic posts that come through the keyboard itself that are "melt-riveted" on. That is, it's clear that heat is applied to a bunch of plastic posts that stick up through the keyboard itself (there are multiple holes in it) and the metal plate and heat is applied to make the post tips mushroom out and hold it all in place. There is absolutely no practical way to remove this thing and replace it! To add insult to injury one must remove the motherboard to find out that this is the situation!
I intend to put the thing back together just in case she wants to have it as a backup to use with an external keyboard. But, since I had to remove the motherboard I had to separate the heat sink from the processor, which means I have to repaste the thing.
I'm looking for recommendations for both thermal paste cleaners and thermal paste itself. I haven't had to deal with either in ages and I have no idea if there is any real quality difference between all the brands or not.
[And, no, I couldn't think of the perfect place to vent or to ask what I've asked about.]