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    Cleaning the Heatsink and CPU...

    What should i use to do this ? Is the stuff easy to buy localy?

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    Use the cheapest nail varnish you can find, stuff without moisturisers etc alternatively if you can get dome rubbing alcohol use that. Personally I use isopropyl alcohol or ethanol, both of which I "liberated" from work.
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    I killed a XP2000 a while back using Nail Varnish remover.....

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    gad i dont want to kill a brand new FX53 :<

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noxis
    I killed a XP2000 a while back using Nail Varnish remover.....
    how hard did you rub it!

    Possibly you left some of the thermal compound on the chip, if it gets between the wells it is possible to damage the CPU. As long as you clean the chip thoroughly abd only have compound on the die when you re-apply you will be fine.
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    I think there was a tiny crack near the core and the nail varnish leaked into it. Runny stuff (viscous?)

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    If you get any thermal compound on the packaging of a CPU and a lint free cloth/isopropyll alcohol won't remove it, try a pencil eraser. I find they're great - just lightly rub then wipe away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trox
    What should i use to do this ? Is the stuff easy to buy localy?
    you should find that with a bit of gentle rubbing (no pun intended) with tissue paper will get it off fine without any risk of using solvents - but if you want to use solvents (which are quicker to clean with) then I'd use pure ethanol and not nail varnish remover as this may have other chemicals that you might not want to be using on your chip's die !

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    White spirit seems to work fine for me, just make sure you dont leave any fibres on the core
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    I use ear cleaners to clean around the core, not sure if i should mind since they ain anti-static. For the HS i take it off and dunk it under a hot tap and wash the dust out of the groves:d then i get an oven glove and hold it over the hob to dry it. I dont hold it that close mind . Thats my mothod. Things are still working.

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