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Cleaning HTC of an XP cpu - what cleaning fluid to use?

Discussion in 'AMD Overclocking' started by Bill L, May 3, 2004.

  1. Bill L

    Bill L Guest

    Hi all

    I've got an old XP2000+ lying around which I actually pronounced dead some
    time ago. To explain, I was attempting to put a tiny spot of thermal paste
    on the CPU die - when I "sneezed & squeezed". The result was thermal gloop
    all over the CPU. I tried to clean it off the best I could but the CPU was a
    no go from them.

    So I guess there's two questions I need to ask: -

    1. Could I use white spirit/meths to clean the gunk off the CPU or do I need
    a specialist cleaner?
    2. How slim are the chances that after the gloop is removed that the CPU
    will work as normal?

    TIA

    BillL
     
    Bill L, May 3, 2004
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    CroW Guest

    I don't know what kind of thermal paste you have but you can wash your CPU
    in water (warm maybe) and then later dry it with hairdrier. It should work
    normal. Just be sure CPU is completely dry when you put it in the computer.
     
    CroW, May 3, 2004
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  3. AMD recommends using alcohol. Look here on the AMD website; there are movies
    detailing how to clean the CPU and heatsink.
    http://tinyurl.com/mv3c

    It should work fine as long as no grease remains on the pins. Only breaking
    the die, pins or overheating would do any permanent damage.


    Too_Much_Coffee ®
     
    Too_Much_Coffee ®, May 3, 2004
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    Wes Newell Guest

    If was standard thermal compound, you don,t need anything special. Hot
    soap and water works fine with a soft bristol brush. That's also how I
    claen the MB's. Submerge and soak for best results. Rinse wery good with
    hot water. dry.
    Unless you used some conductive paste, there shouldn't be any damage at
    all.
     
    Wes Newell, May 4, 2004
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  5. Bill L

    Bill L Guest

    Cheers for the input folks - i think I'll try and get hold of some alcohol I
    just don't like the sound of sticking water on the CPU, just doesn't sound
    *right*.

    BillL
     
    Bill L, May 4, 2004
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  6. I used acetone on some Artic Silver 5. It cleaned up real fast and nice.
    If you can't find it, it is just fingernail polish remover.

    Pete
     
    Peter Harrington, May 5, 2004
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    fred Guest

    naptha lighter fluid
     
    fred, May 6, 2004
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