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Thermal compound behind PCI slot

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December 6, 2011 2:33:08 AM

Hello. Recently, while putting together a new desktop computer, I noticed that a small amount of Thermal compound (silver based) got on several metal contacts both around and behind the PCI slot of the motherboard. Some of the compound so far behind the PCI slot that you cannot see it. As of yet I have not tried to turn on the computer because I fear that the compound may cause a short and potentially damage the components.

My question is: How do I effectively remove the thermal compound that is resting directly between the plastic portion of the PCI slot and the motherboard?



December 6, 2011 2:42:45 AM

my vote goes for a little bit of rubbing alcohol and a soft bristle tooth brush
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December 6, 2011 2:43:57 AM

I like to use rubbing alcohol and a small stiff bristled paint brush for that sort of thing. Just make sure everything is turned off and unplugged.
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December 6, 2011 2:44:46 AM

slhpss said:
my vote goes for a little bit of rubbing alcohol and a soft bristle tooth brush


Jinx... Lol!
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December 6, 2011 10:03:06 PM

Best answer selected by tofusurprise.
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December 6, 2011 10:04:01 PM

Thank you for your advice, it worked like a charm. I am very relieved and grateful for your help. TomsHardware.com is the best!
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