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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by jont, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. jont

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    Anyone any advice on the best way to clean the thermal-heatsink-grease-stuff from the top of a northbridge chip ... I need to replace the noisy old fan with a silent aluminium heatsink but not sure best way to take old gunk off ?

    thanks

    Jon
     
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    I do not believe this is the recommended route, but I have cleaned off thermal grease from a CPU before using just some lint free cloth. That was quite fresh though (I seated it wrong in the first place)

    Assuming that the grease is still "greasy" then you could try this if you get no other more intelligent posts.
     
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    Use an aerosol of isopropyl from maplins. Make sure you are grounded with an earth strap while you are poking about in there...
     
  4. Mr.D

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    If its sill gloopy scrape it off with the side of a credit card.
    If its baked I'd soak it a little with some IPA (Isopropyl alcohol ...not a pint of bitter) applied using a paintbrush then have another go with the credit card.
     
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    ....and to clear any confusion, IPA is available in aerosol and bottle form. Only ever used the aerosol stuff myself (about £5 from Maplin)

    It's an excellent cleaner, lots of uses, not just with PCs.
     
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    Cotton wool and good old nail varnish remover :smashin:
    I've used/re-used it for over 8 years on CPU's GPU's and NB's does not smear, evaporates rapidly, no problems whatsoever :)

    Regards
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    Watch out this stuff also melts some plastics.....
     
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    I use acetone to clean my CPU and NB, available from high street chemists for less than a quid a bottle. Nail varnish remover is acetone with a trade name and a dafty price. Acetone may interact with some plastics but I've found no such plastic in my PC and I've used the stuff to clear gunk from all sorts of things and paint from a plastic drive cover.

    Go for it.
     
  9. jont

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    Thanks for all your help folks ... went with the nail varnish remover 'borrowed' from mrs t and all cleaned up fine ... had to use an adhesive with the heatsink as no mounting holes so I guess that'll be staying put now ...

    cheers

    Jon
     

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