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18 June 2008 @ 10:24 pm
thermal paste  
I installed the replacement motherboard and it seems like it's fixed the problem. I need to burn in the computer a bit more before I completely rejoice, but so far, yay!

I learned how to install a processor and it's paste today, which is something I was super afraid to do and technically it was on their dime, so maybe all the pain was worth something after all.
the coproduct of doomoonh on June 19th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
I have a shuttle xpc (ss51g I think is the exact model number), and it's the second revision of the machine -- the power supply for the first machine of this type I had exploded -- releasing magic smoke and all.

I had hoped that the memory and disk was okay -- it was. I was worried that there wouldn't be enough thermal paste on the processor by the time that I moved it into its new home, but what little remained appeared to be fine.
bdeakinbdeakin on June 19th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
I'm reluctant to ask since you already have it all together, but one thing I learned the hard way was that the procedure for applying thermal paste varies from processor to processor. For instance, Intel's Core Duo's and Quad Core's call for a horizontal line between the cores (e.g. when the tower is sitting upright, the "line" of paste is pointing up and down), whereas I believe AMD processors want a dollop in the middle about the size of an uncooked grain of rice...

I only bring it up because I cooked a processor and I think applying the paste the wrong was was a significant causal factor.
(Anonymous) on June 19th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
The intel help video we saw called for a intel provided sheet, rather than gel, so we spread the gel as evenly and thinly as possible across the fan/heatsink contact. It seemed to be what had been there when we took the old stuff off.

It's a duo, but we didn't find any instructions on that. I'm a little mad at cyberpower for 1) not giving me more guidance 2) not providing more gel.

Hopefully it will all be happy, but yes, I was super worried about frying it.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on June 19th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
that was me.