>I don't see how the pad,
>etc. could produce an inaccurate
>temperature reading. The sensor
>on most motherboards is in
>the center of the CPU
>socket and should touch the
>bottom of the processor.
Oooh yeah... now that you mention this, I did intend somewhere along the line to pull the CPU and check whether this sensor was positioned right. Forgot, of course.
>From what have
>I read grease is a
>more effective thermal compound then
>the kind that melts, and
>that could account for the
I've read the same, and expected the results described.
>However, I would
>not remove the pad and
>apply grease because removing the
>pad would probably reduce the
>spring tension on the heatsink.
That may have happened; it was somewhat easier to rinstall the heatsink this time around, although I could just as easily ascribe that to experience this time around. OTOH, I now have CPU readings that are more within the expected range and it has't fried, so...
> I think I would
>do the same as you
>did if it were my
>computer only because I tend
>to be a perfectionist (somewhat
>mellowed with age).
Well, I'm on the wrong side of 50 myself, but basically just wanted to resolve this with finality.
>the other hand, I would
>still recommend that others not
>try to fix something that
>ainít broke. Larry
Good point. IMHO, heatsink installation was the hardest part of this upgrade and is undoubtedly the most problematic aspect of AMD processor usage, so I'd agree with you on this. I would certainly have left well enough alone if I hadn't felt confident that I could do this without making matters worse.