My finger nail scratched the thermal tape on the bottom of the Intel stock fan. It went right across it. Is this a major problem ? Does not seem like it would be but I wanted to check first. The scratch is not very wide but it shows through the black to silver.
Nah, it's ok, I've done worse. While I was first seating my HSF on my P4, it wasn't rested properly. I took the HSF off and there was thermal paste on the CPU but it didn't hurt anything when I put the HSF back on.
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I recently took apart my dad's computer. I'm not sure what kind of interfacing material was used between the heat sink and the processor, but it was sorta custy. So some of it came off with the heat sink and some stayed stuck to the processor. Anyways, I had the same fear about turning the computer back on, but I'm using it right now, and it's been a few days since I did this, so I'm betting that you'll be ok aswell. By the way, my dad's computer is using a 433 Mhz celeron ( ok, don't burst out laughing please ) and the heat sink didn't have a fan ( I didn't design the computer ok ).
I've also taken the heatsink off of a p4 2.0 Ghz (willamette core?) from an oem compueter (gateway) and there wasn't even ANY interfacing material. It still works just fine (minus that virus, windows;) ), if that'll make you even more confident.
There's nothing worse than a computer discussion gone personal...
thermal tape and grease is just a method to help cool down the cpu, it fills the groovs between the heatsink and the cpu die, using or even speaking about using thermal tape on a cpu is FORBIDDEN!!! spend ten bucks and get a tube of arctic silver 3 grease. for gods sake
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