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CPU Stuck to Heatsink

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February 9, 2004 7:36:39 AM

Ok, I opened up a PC at work and took the heatsink out - the CPU (PIV 2.4) is completely stuck to it using some sort of thermal pad.

I can't think of any way of getting it back in without risking damaging all the pins. How the hell can I get it off the heatsink?!?!?

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February 9, 2004 7:42:45 AM

Didjoo try freezing it? The way it goes is like this I think, you put it into a ziplock, then squeeze out the air. Pop it into the freezer, & wait a couple hours, then take it out & try removing it.

February 9, 2004 7:55:56 AM

Ummm, sounds uber-risky!
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February 9, 2004 7:57:46 AM

For future reference, it is better to take the hsf out with a twisting motion, rather than a straight pull. It is harder with th P4s so a few back and forth twists to start will help.
February 9, 2004 7:59:45 AM

Not at all all; woodman is right. put it in the freezer,there is no risk. After all, what do you think those vapochilled cases do to the cpu ?

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February 9, 2004 8:00:23 AM

Not too risky. Just be careful with the pins. Heating also works, but that is scarey.
February 9, 2004 2:58:42 PM

put it in the microwave 5min

PS:D ont do this

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February 9, 2004 4:35:49 PM

It's only happened once to me & I used a hairdryer. It worked.
February 9, 2004 4:42:19 PM

turn on your computer and run aquamark for 30mins.
shutdown your computer, switch PS off.
wait for 2-3minutes then try remove ur HS.

A fine day!