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Heatsink Removal How do I remove the Heatsink Fan Cooler from a P4 Processor?

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Re: Heatsink Removal

This is an easy one. :)

I am assuming that you're asking about removing your typical P4 HSF.

Direct from Intel's very own website! :)

Good luck and please be careful. *nods*


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Heatsink louse (spring clip ****) could i use a metal shim or something like that

You could shim it if you're careful, but don't shim between the processor and the heatsink, put it between the spring clip and the top of the heatsink. Also as this a universal heat sink, are you using the correct mounting attachments? normally these are very tight and difficult to get on rather than loose.
Hope this helps.

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Why does the Fan make louder noises when you run certain programs, and is there a way to prevent it from making these loud sounds?

If this has Smart fan technology on the mobo, it will do this as the fan speed is increasing to compensate for the increase in the temperature of the CPU.
You could , if the noise irritates you, purchase a better cooler, one with copper heatpipes and a larger fan..

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A noisey or ineffcient Fan.
The fan can some times be replaced, consult your computer shop. This CPU cooler is for a AMD socket 462 if I am not mistaken.
Remove the fan from the heatsink.
Clean it with a paintbrush and dust it out.
Carefully peel back the sticker containing the fan information, this is the sticker that would otherwise be invisable when it was installed on the CPU cooler.
Using light oil, Q20 and the red nozel, spray a drop on the exposed sharft.
Then put the sticker back on the fan.
Please remember to clean the heatsink and to apply the thermal interface paste correctly as these processors can burn out in less than 5 seconds.
Reassemble the CPU cooler.

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If heatsink is very hot then apply thermal grease between the processor and the heatsink or you can test if it's cooling problem by cooling with an external, powerful cooler.

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That's not an honest question; are you somehow going to use both the new heatsink and the old one together, so they have to be compatible?  Since you're not, I suggest looking for heatsinks compatible with P4 on a shopping or trade site, which totally have you covered.  There's nothing to fix here.

That system is a little old though.  For your electricity dollar and your time, you will get more use out of a nice 6-core CPU, DDR3, etc.  Bon chance.

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The bracket clip that holds the fan down broke. Is there a fix or do I buy a new fan?

If you are innovative enough one can improvise by simply hold the fan to the heat sink with copper wire in case only one bracket is broken. The fan only requires to be on the heat sink to remove heat from the processor. Otherwise the fan & heat sink as one sealed unit only. Else try out the junk yard and see if you can hunt for one where PC's are dumped !

However if you want your PC to last for 2-3 yrs more, trouble-free, then my recommendation would be to replace the fan+heat sink unit, 'cos if the heat conducting paste between the processor & heat sink, if disturbed cannot be replaced to its original capacity & the processor will overheat and the PC will auto shut down repeatedly, till the processor is damaged permanently! .............................sodeep

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IF you trust yourself, take apart the laptop and apply a thin coat of thermal paste to the processor, and put it abck together. This should help.

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Replacing the heatsink fan on a PC is not a difficult job, but it pays to be thorough, especially with cleaning the top of the CPU die before replacing the fan.

Don't be mean with money when choosing a new cooler either. With CPU coolers you get what you pay for. I personally always use coolers from a company called Zalman.

Ok ..with that out of the way ..the basics are ...remove old cooler..

They are either held on by a sprung clip that fits across the cooler and locates in lugs on the cpu socket surround, or they are held by screws that go through the motherboard.

Clean the top face of the cpu die carefully making sure to use a blunt implement ..... scratches on the machined face will lead to premature failure due to overheating.

If the cooler you buy has a "thermal pad" stuck to the face of the heatsink, then remove this too and clean up the heatsink face. Use good quality thermal paste on the top face of the CPU die, then fit the new cooler. Getting the right amount of thermal paste is a bit of an art .... too much is a bad as too little. The paste is NOT a glue. The paste simply fills in any imperfections on the machined surfaces of the cpu die and the heatsink to aid heat transfer.

Does this sound complicated? It isn't really. The key is not to rush it and make sure the surfaces are completley clean and the thermal paste applied correctly.

Here is a link to one tutorial on fitting cpu coolers that you might find useful:

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Hi, you shouldnt even switch on the PC if its running at that temperature, machine will be restarting and shutting down on you.
If you just bought it, you should take it back to the shop.
Otherwise you need to remove the old heatsink and fan and apply new thermal paste to the cpu and resit the heatsink, if its still running very hot over 50c you will probably find the cpu has been damaged.

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