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Failed reapplying thermal paste, help!

Last response: in CPUs
November 23, 2013 3:27:21 PM

I took off the heatsink, cleaned the old paste with paper towel and dropped a pea of AS5 in the middle, now the CPU idles at 90C, what did I do wrong and how to fix???

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a c 159 à CPUs
November 23, 2013 3:38:14 PM

You need to use lint free material (such as coffee filters) and rubbing alcohol to clean the surfaces completely. I'm guessing the paste you applied is now full of lint from that towel or you didn't get it all cleaned off the cpu and cooler. Might also be a failed reseat of the heatsink :) 

So try again.
a b à CPUs
November 23, 2013 3:42:27 PM

Maybe your stock cooler is not properly fit.
remove heatsink and install it again properly.