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cleaning a processor
waddy Jul-17-01 02:28 PM
I just threw my ABIT board in the bin, and now have an ASUS....

The processor has heat sink compound paste on it (from the previous heat sink)..... how can I remove this safely ? its all around the edges....

Also how do i remove the compound which is on the bottom of my new heatsink ?

as I want to use artic silver paste and a new heat sink.......

1. RE: cleaning a processor
lbyard Jul-17-01 03:30 PM
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2. RE: cleaning a processor
waddy Jul-18-01 01:44 PM
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i tried everywhere to get rubbing alchahol ...
none here

can i use white spirits ?

3. RE: cleaning a processor
lbyard Jul-18-01 07:28 PM
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You can't find a drug store? Larry

4. RE: cleaning a processor
waddy Jul-18-01 09:52 PM
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Larry i live on a small island in the middle of the Irish sea

and the 2 drugs stores we do have , dont have it


5. RE: cleaning a processor
deerslayer Jul-19-01 11:12 AM
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wow. Small island. what are white spirits??

Pentium 3 1000 @ 1195, Abit bx-133, 256 Mb Mushkin Rev.3 cas 2-2-2, Leadtek GeForce 3 Air Cooled.
AMD Thunderbird 1.33 @ 1.5 (24/7) IWILL KK266R , Corsairs pc 150 cl2, Leadtek GeForce 3

6. RE: cleaning a processor
waddy Jul-19-01 03:02 PM
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in UK they dont sell "rubbing alcohol"

so use "Isoprpyl alcohol"

it works great


7. RE: cleaning a processor
lbyard Jul-19-01 03:39 PM
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Ok, ok, the bottle of “rubbing alcohol” I bought here in the U.S. is labeled “Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol.” It may also be know as “denatured” or “medicinal” alcohol (but I really don’t know the difference, off-hand). As I understand it, “denatured” means it has been made unfit for human consumption (poisoned). That may have come from “Prohibition,” the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which in 1920 banned the importing, exporting, transporting, selling, and manufacturing of intoxicating liquor. During prohibition, sales of “medicinal” alcohol increased 400%. I understand that Radio Shack carries isopropyl alcohol. I found that “All Purpose Degreaser & Wash” manufactured by Philips ECG worked somewhat better for cleaning thermal grease off a Socket A Athlon than “Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol.” The Degreaser & Wash I have is rather old and comes in a spray can. The can also says “ultra-Pure HCFC-Based Solvent” on it. It goes on to say “NO CFCs or 1,1,1-Trichloroethane.” Radio Shack may have something like that also. I’ll give 409 a try the next time. Larry

8. RE: cleaning a processor with WD40
Computman Jul-20-01 10:44 PM
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You may try with WD40 if you have it. I've tried and it works.

9. RE: cleaning a processor
donkey Aug-07-01 01:00 PM
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white spirit or lighter fluid should do the trick!!!and a very wet sponge

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