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  1. Polaris573

    Polaris573 Senior Moderator

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    well, I thought I would put some arctic silver on my processor today. So I opened up the the computer, unfastened the heatsink, pulled it out, and (wouldn't you know it) the processor came out with the heatsink :eek:. I gasped, looked at the processor and it looks okay (Zero insertion force sockets should also be called zero extraction force). Except now I understand why the processor came too. I had put some cheap thermal junk (its all I can find where I live) on as a temporary solution. The junk is not an adhesive but I can't seperate the processor from the heatsink. I, of course, would like to seperate them so I could make sure my processor still works :rolleyes:.

    Any suggestions for seperating them? I know if I've done it someone else is guilty too :eek:.
    Live and learn eh?
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    That can't be good. :eek: Hmm, maybe try putting it back in the socket and very gently twist the cooler a bit and see if it losens it at all. You have to be really careful so you don't break a pin. Then try and take the hsf off and hopefully leave the cpu in its socket :p

    -Dan
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    Polaris573 Senior Moderator

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    I don't know how I would get the processor back in with the ZIF socket closed. The heatsink is so large that is presses down on the socket's arm when I try to put it back in.
    I feel physically ill :(. I can't afford 200+ dollars for a new processor.
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    O ya i forgot about that sorry. Jeez you are in a mess. I don't know maybe try and see if you can gently knock it lose with a peice of wood or something. I don't know, but I do know how you feel, with the sick feeling. It probably just needs a little bump to losen it, I can't see if being on there that hard. Its the pins you have to be careful of.

    -Dan
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    this happened to me before. I heated up the heatsink with a blowdryer and a used a qtip with alcohol to dissolve some of the thermal paste. then i used my fingers to try and push around the processor till it came loose.
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    Maybe if you put a drop of acetone between the hsf and the cpu it will losen it a bit.

    -Dan
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    Got it, It finally twisted off. My fingers are still sore from the edges. now to see if its still alive :eek:.
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    Nice...hope its still good.

    -Dan
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    Lucky you. In case others have the same problem heat the CPU up with a föhn and it'll come off very easily.
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    föhn :D
    my friend solved this with a screwdriver around the cpu and it worked after thst the cooler was crap
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    oh my, these horror stories will give me nightmares :p
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    That happened to me several times using AS5. I just put a thin butter knife between the CPU and heatsink and pry just a bit then twist the CPU with my fingers and it comes loose.
    Last edited: May 27, 2005
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    Yeah no kidding. Is the CPU ok after all?
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    Dont feel stupid, its a common problem. Good luck removing the gunk though.
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    Polaris573 Senior Moderator

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    The gunk was a pain to remove, it was rock solid and sticky :mad:. Processor is OK :D!
    The processor god (or whatever processor deity you believe in) has indeed smiled upon me today.

    Let us kneel in prayer, for Gigahertz is the one true god and Processor is his profit!
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    Lol, glad it still works ;)

    -Dan
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    haha.. good reading this thread is. :)
    happened to me b4 too. i then tried to gently pry the cpu off the heatsink with a screwdriver when the cpu just flew right off. it landed a few feet away with a few bent pins. i straightened the pins and lo and behold. still works. hehe.
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    :D i think cpus arent that weak as they seme to are

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