View Full Version : Cleaning CPU's

10-24-01, 12:25 AM
I'm reinstalling my CPU and HSF. The old gunk from the thermal pad on the old HSF is still on the CPU. How do I remove this safely? Can I use rubbing alcohol instead of buying that other "special" alcohol?
Also I'd really appreciate any other tips on the installation...........Thanks

10-24-01, 12:30 AM
I heard rubbing alchol has oils in it, and it leaves a thin film of the oil on the processor.

I personally use just a lint free cloth, wipe it off good, and then get like a q-tip to get any leftover stuff. I dipped the q-tip in water too, no problems....used a little plastic bit to rub the new thermal grease on, my best application yet, nice and thin and smooth.

10-24-01, 12:51 AM
Isopropal alcohol leaves no oil at all. Go ahead and use it. For just a test pour it on your hand over a sink and watch it suck every bit of oil out of your skin.

10-24-01, 02:12 AM

thats what i use...

10-24-01, 11:20 AM
I also here Kerosene is good for cleaning the gunk of, is this true?

10-24-01, 10:21 PM
I would use the rubbing alchol, Then wipe it off with a litle bit of water then do as was just suggested. Apply thin layer of the thermal grease on. As far as kerosene, I would not think it is oily. Would really have to look into that before I would try it. GoodLuck;)

10-24-01, 11:27 PM

10-24-01, 11:45 PM
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