Dell XPS M1330 - nVidia GeForce 8400M GS - Copper Mod

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  1. Hep!

    Hep! sees beauty in everything

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    I'd like to point out that it's easier to do this if you put the copper sheet on the cooling assembly, then put that back on. Then you don't have to worry about mis-aligning the sheet with the two raised "L's". Also, why no liquids for cleaning the thermal paste?
     
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    Placing the Copper Sheet either way works. Trust me there won't be any misalignment. Liquids can corrode or cause pits in the metals. Further, accidental spillage of liquids on the circuits can lead to new problems. It is better to clean using a few paper napkins although it will take some time.
     
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    Regarding the liquids thing, using paper towels alone could leave behind pieces of it or particles of it on the heatsink and cpu making the contact much worse. People typically use alcohol to get them really clean.
     
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    Yeah that's a misconception that paper is a good thing to clean with for the reason johnny said. A cotton cloth or cotton ball with some acetone or isopropyl alcohol is the safest way to clean thermal grease, as they are both non conductive liquids.
     
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    All right. I am including your ideas in the guide with due credits.
     
  6. MexicanSnake

    MexicanSnake I'm back!

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    What about using carefully a sharp blade to help remove the gpu thermal pad?.
     
  7. Hep!

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    The GPU thermal pad is easily removed with just your fingers (or it was for me), putting a razor underneath would probably work fine.
     
  8. traveller

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    Hey Sinstoic,

    good guide! But what's this obsession of yours to add polls to every other thread, lol ;)

    Please add RivaTuner to your list of tools. Among other reasons, it's the only one that has an OSD feature :cool:
     
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    Alcohol (or similar) is the best, but for the record, you can never get out the original thermal paste that has found it's way into the micro-porous surface of heatsinks, particularly after it has gone through a heating-cooling cycle.

    That's why it's best to remove the supplied thermal grease prior to using one of Intel's stock heat sinks (when buying a so-called "boxed" CPU).
     
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    There is no obsession but just collecting data. :D

    I have added RivaTuner to the list of utilities. Thanks.
     
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