Subject: Thermal Pad on CPU??
By: Louis (IP: 151.204.237.*)
Written on: 22-01-2005 05:19

I have a 2.5 yr. old laptop (HP Pavilion zt1180, P III m 1.2Ghz) that has recently started shutting down in the middle of CPU intensive operations. This happens about 2 to 3 minutes after I hear the fan go to max. speed. I checked the heatsink and found that the thermal pad is attached directly onto the CPU. Is it normal that the thermal pad is attached to the CPU itself instead of the heatsink plate? I keep reading that the thermal pad is supposed to be attached to the heatsink. At any rate, the thermal pad did not look so good. Any tips on how I might remove the thermal pad safely? Thanks

By: Tillmann (IP: 83.121.1.*)
Written on: 22-01-2005 14:29


well, the thermal material should be between cpu and heatsink, so when you uninstall the heatsink, it may stick either to the CPU or to the heatsink. You can simply scratch it off with your fingernail; rubbing alcohol helps to make it easier. Replace it with a thin layer of good thermal compound.

By: Louis (IP: 18.38.6.*)
Written on: 22-01-2005 16:26

Thanks. I'd rather it got stuck to the heatsink so I wouldn't need to be too careful removing it.
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