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Cleaned fan and now computer shuts off >1 min

I decided to clean CPU fan after I did my son's. All went well until I turned it back on. Less than a minute it shut off so I tried over and over and each time it shut down quicker. I never took motherboard out and did mine the same as my son's, Any clues?

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  • tinkertoo Nov 18, 2007

    Daniel,

    I tried cleaning it w/o taking it off but finally had to take it off to get all the dust. On CPU and bottom of fan there is a discolored silver circle on top. I can scrap it off with my nail. If it is silicon where would I go to find it?



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Hi Tinkertoo,

I had a few question that I wanted to ask you:

Did you separate the CPU fan from the CPU to clean it?

If so you need then you will need to put on a new coat of silicon in between the CPU and the fan.

Reason being is because the silicon becomes uneven when you separate it from the CPU.

Let me know how I can assist you further!

-Daniel.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007

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    daniel dao Nov 19, 2007

    There are many different types of silicon that you can buy. Many come in different shapes and sizes, Myself i prefer the stick on silicon which is just like the ones that come with brand new CPU's (which is a square shaped sticker of silicon.)

    I'm pretty sure you can get it at your local computer store like Fry's Electronics, Comp USA, Micro Center. Ask one of the employee's they will point you in the right direction.

    Best Buy, Circuity City, and other retailers that don't specialize in computer accessories wont carry it.

    I hope your able to find what you need and that everything works out!
    -Daniel

  • daniel dao
    daniel dao Nov 19, 2007

    P.S:

    That discolored silver stuff is the silicon.

    Make sure also that you wipe off all the silicon from the top of the CPU prior to slapping on the new layer.

    and clean your hands all the way through, you can get sick off that stuff.

    -Daniel.

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