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October 20, 2011 5:34:52 PM

did you try a hammer? j/k.
October 20, 2011 5:39:50 PM

The heatsinks may have thermal epoxy on them and be unremovable without damaging the board or component? You can try warming the heatsinks or board but if they heatsinks don't move, I'd expect they are epoxied.
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October 20, 2011 5:39:51 PM

the thermal paste has got a really good grip on it--try using a twisting motion to break the seal rather

than a pulling upwards motion
October 20, 2011 5:42:08 PM

like i said...a hammer. lol

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October 20, 2011 6:05:19 PM

Get a hair dryer and blast the heatsink for a minute or so. Then try and remove the heatsink, and as has already been said, a twisting motion will help. Some TIM will set when cool, but it becomes pliable again when it is heated.
November 12, 2012 6:24:05 PM

Best answer selected by no0bi1.nnif you don't want to heat the system by external means, keeping the system running will eventually warm the epoxy enough to budge
November 12, 2012 6:49:14 PM

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