Applying thermal compound

  marty03321 17:22 17 Feb 11

I have just bought some Atrix thermal compound because I have to replace the chip set fan on my motherboard. The instructions say that I have to use isopropyl to clean the old compound off.

What is this?

Can I use anything else?

Thanks in advance.

  Diemmess 17:35 17 Feb 11

Iso Propyl Alcohol can be bought at most chemists and has the virtue of dissolving the gunge to give a clean metal surface without the risk of attacking plastics and other sunstamces around the motherboard.

Cellulose thinners is an excellent example of what NOT to use

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:47 17 Feb 11

Last time I did one I Think I nicked the daughters nail varnish remover.

  Confab 19:12 17 Feb 11

I buy mine from here click here

Don't be tempted to use anything else

  User-312386 19:22 17 Feb 11

As crossbow has said, i nicked my wifes nail varnish. Only apply a small blob in the middle, the thermal compound will then squeeze outwards.

  Belatucadrus 20:07 17 Feb 11

If tempted to use nail varnish remover do ensure it's a pure alcohol based one and not one with Lanolin in it, rather counter-productive that way.

  marty03321 21:10 17 Feb 11


  paddyjack 23:31 17 Feb 11

Baby wipes do the job as well

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