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Q: PB thermal buttons


I have a Packard Bell notebook, which has these thermal buttons for enabling/disabling wifi and the touchpad.

However, after upgrading from vista to 7, the wifi button lights up when it's disabled (instead of when it's enabled) and the disabling of the touchpad fails to work now.

I checked the PB support site, but they don't offer drivers for this, also checked the recovery partition, but I was not able to find a driver for this.

Preferred Solution: PB thermal buttons

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: PB thermal buttons

Quote: Originally Posted by Mustek


I have a Packard Bell notebook, which has these thermal buttons for enabling/disabling wifi and the touchpad.

However, after upgrading from vista to 7, the wifi button lights up when it's disabled (instead of when it's enabled) and the disabling of the touchpad fails to work now.

I checked the PB support site, but they don't offer drivers for this, also checked the recovery partition, but I was not able to find a driver for this.

Im sure that now that win 7 is out they will have drivers for it. In the mean time you an use the vista drivers. Just install them in compatibility mode


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Z370 Lenovo ideapad has started cycling through sound and thermal management automatically without me touching them.  Is there any way to stop that or disable them completely? 

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Hello I have an idea pad Z570 with windows 7 64 bit. Recently the thermal management, one key theater, mute and volume dedicated buttons stopped working. I have tried updating from the drivers and software from the drivers page unstalling and reinstaling from the drivers in the webpage and and from lenovo unit D. I do not have a restore point that can be old enough to restore the the system. Do you have any ideas of how can I enable the dedicated buttons again? Thank you very much for your help in advance.  

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I gone to service center to replace thermal paste and thermal strip but after that my laptop still have high temperature (over 70 ° C) on GPU and chipset under no load. What can I do with this?

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Have scouted around in the forums & don't see this topic, so here goes. Would appreciate some guidance on the optimal placement for thermal pads & thermal paste on an AMD FirePro M6100 graphics card in a Precision m6600. I am upgrading the stock FirePro M8900 to the M6100. The cards are similiar, but not identical. I know I need to put thermal paste on the GPU itself, so I've secured some IC Diamond 7 Carat to do just that. However, the VRAM's & other raised surfaces on the card most likely need thermal pads or paste & the vendor just put a big light blue/green thermal pad in w/ the card & doesn't have any guides on where it is to be put, exactly. I have plenty of pad material to use from the M8900 & heatsink currently in the notebook, as well, & have re-purposed many of them, but temp still spikes to 90 degrees & climbing when it's pushed w/ high-end graphics in various applications, so I'm looking to stop that. Greatly appreciate any pointers you can provide. Have contacted AMD re: this & they said I need to ping Dell. Have reached out on several forums as well & still no go. Thanks again!

A:Precision m6600, AMD ATI FirePro M6100 FireGL graphics card installation, thermal pads and thermal paste

Hi there... I know the post is old but would like to share my experience on the topic. I have the M6600 with 2820QM processor and AMD M6100. When adding thermal pads over the GPU there is a potential for the GPU card to bend so I did not risk it - I simply added thermal paste. The GPU sits perfectly flush on the heatsink body, the supporting hardware modules around the card also sits flush on the segments within heatsink body. My unit is happy at 47 celsius when idling, and will not go over 85 celsius when pushed to the limit. I suggest that you keep it simple and and just strip the pads out.

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This is all about the chronic heat problem on HP consumer-grade laptops. I need an opinion on thermal paste vs. thermal pad on a dv5-1002nr, before I start tearing the whole thing down. Prior to that, I had no problems - I was running VM's, multiple browsers with several tabs as well as streaming music/video, with temps ranging from 40-85*C on Power Saving Mode (maxes out to 54-72 when used in conjuntion w/a custom laptop cooler; and set to High Performance Mode). I haven't really opened the unit for cleaning since purchasing it back on 2008, save for a whiff of CO2 spray at them vents for those dust bunnies. But this time, it seems that the average temperature of my unit has risen to a steady 60-82*C, even on PS mode. Having not visually checked the CPU as well as the cooling elements - esp. thermal pad (?), maybe it's time to tear the laptop apart for inspection. My questions:

- Does the AMD core use a thermal pad, or a paste?
- If it uses a thermal pad, can I use thermal paste instead?
- Any (good or bad) consequences in using a paste or pad, for that matter?

*AFAIK thermal pads shrink from heat over time; same thing with thermal pastes that dry over time. All translate to head, as I have seen on desktops. But for laptops.....not seen yet

A:Needs opinion on thermal paste vs. thermal pad before I tear my dv5-1002nr!

I think you will see in this forum that BOTH are recommended ......

I prefer paste - but then I only make a couple of machines .....

you may find that the cleanup does the Job without having to remove the heatsink - and its only a couple of years old at most.

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Hi.I would like to replace my thermal paste and thermal pads and I need to know what size(thicknes etc.) does exatly Lenovo uses for y50-70 thermal pads so i can buy the right ones.Thanks for reading and I need a 100% sure answer

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First of all hi everyone, great to join such a good forum.

I was looking a bit of advice on what would be the best to use, thermal paste or thermal pads. I'm currently using a thermal pad that was already on my arctic freezer pro and it seems to be doing a good job, sitting around 36c.
Would it be better to use the paste or just use another pad as i have never had to apply the paste before and am a bit dubious about doing it if i don't have to. Also if applying the paste would you say it's better to apply it to the heatsink or to the cpu itself.
Many thanks in advance.

A:Thermal Pads v Thermal Paste

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With regards to your question, apply thermal paste to the cpu directly, the paste should come with instructions. The paste i have says that you should rub a small amount of it into the base of the heatsink but do whatever the specific product tells you to do.

If you don't think that you need to replace your paste then don't worry about it, 36C is a pretty good temp.

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Is there any real difference between the two? The pads are so much easier, I have trouble getting a unified layer of paste to apply properly. I know the differences in manufactures. The reason I ask is I have an AMD64 3700+ with a Zalman CNPS7000B cooler and my temps are +50 under load. This seems too high for me, especially since I am not even overclocking her yet. Thanks for all your help.

A:Thermal pads vs thermal paste

paste is waaay better. Artic silver 5 over a pad will probably drops temps 7 degrees.

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If anyone has acces to the connections/schematics for the M4600 touchpad/button assembly, I'd love to see them! For some reason both the right buttons have stopped working. Tried to disconnect/reconnect  the 14 pin "touchpad cable from the mainboard, but unfortunately this did not do the trick. Need to look a bit deeper - so would love to see the schematics or at least the pinout of the connector(s)... (It's a button - how hard can it be to fix... ;-)
Thanks and best regards,

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Several times now, when I start my computer, everything seems normal. But when I try and click on the start button, a quick launch button or a task bar button - NOTHING HAPPENS. I just get a ping sound from my speakers.
Sometimes a restart fixes the problem and sometimes I have to turn the computer off and then on again to get it to work correctly.

Does anyone know what could be wrong and what I can do to fix it.


A:Start button / Quick launch buttons / Task bar Buttons - Problem

Is everything fully loaded when you are doing this?

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Hi, im just in the process of building my brothers computer. I bought some artci silver thermal paste and planned on using it, but reading the AMD instructon booklet that came with the AM2 3700+ X2, it says that the heatsink provided already has thermal paste applied to it, and it does. i was wondering if that is enough, and that i should just slap it on the processor with that stuff on, or should i add teh artic silever (do you put it on the processor surface) as well and have them both? I heard that too much is just as bad as too little, so what should i do?

A:Applying thermal paste to heatsink 'pre-loaded' with Thermal Paste?

All I've ever run in my computers are AMD chips. The pre applied thermal paste is enough. You don't need to add any more. I overclock my chips and I haven't run into any problems as of yet with overheating.

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hello Im having an issue with my laptop , two days ago i turned it on and i dont know what did i pressed but a dailouge box appeared with two options ( yes\ no ) and i was in a hurry i think i cilcked on yes or maybe no i dont remmber but  since then my brightness keys f2 and f3 and my volume control keys f6 and f7 and f8 none of them are working i tried every single soultion in the internet now the screen is too bright and i cant control it i wish u could help me asap thank you

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Hello i was wanting to get rid of the thermal pad on the heatsink and replace it with thermal paste to see if i can get the temperture down of the processor. I was looking at amd's web site and they say using thermal paste/grease is for testing purposes and thermal pads are for long term use. Goto http://www.amd.com/us-en/assets/content_type/DownloadableAssets/section5-high.wmv and watch the video. Are they right or is this just for companies building pcs. I am now confussed because the heatsink on my server has themal paste.

A:Thermal Paste or Keep Thermal Pad

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not sure if this is in the right spot or not. i have read a few other posts about this. but my problem seems that even with arctic alumina the temp goes way up to 200 degress only doing one thing. so would paste be better then a pad or still go with paste that just melts away and doesnt do anything.

A:Thermal paste vs thermal pad

Sounds like you are just applying it too heavily or not getting the heatsink properly fastened down. There should be a very thin layer over the processor.

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Which is better?

A:Thermal paste vs thermal pad?

paste is better by 1000 milies. paste wins 100 to 0, hands down.

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Don't all Heatsink's come with a Thermal Pad(s)? If so why would anyone who keep their CPU's in for large amounts of time, or do not alter them want to bother with Thermal Gel? I say this because apparantly Thermal Gel is only for tests and quick use, according to AMD. They also specificly say do not apply Thermal Gel in conjuction with a Thermal Pad, is that just AMD?

A:Heatsink - Thermal Pad/Thermal Gel

Some heatsinks don't come with a thermal pad, ones that come with the processor do, but many aftermarket ones don't. Also, thermal pads aren't as good as thermal paste for dissipating heat, which is why many people who push their CPU's past their limits (overclocking) use thermal paste, to help keep the processor as cool as possible. Combining a thermal pad with thermal paste makes the distance between the CPU and the heatsink too big, so the processor stays hotter.

I don't know why they say thermal gel is only for quick use, unless thermal gel is something other than thermal paste....Arctic Silver takes at least 24 hours or so to get to its' optimal state, so you wouldn't want to use that for a quick test.

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I want to get rid of the thermal pad that is caked on top of my processor. What is the best thing to use?? Any house hold items do the trick?


A:Getting rid of thermal pad

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how much is enuf?
last night i attached a new thermalright sp 97 to my proc ( AMD 2800 ) i applied the thermal paste that came with it.
the manual says to place a thin layer on the CPU DIE as well as the base of the heat sink. i did as instructed and now my CPU temp is at 41c at itel (from the BIOS) and acording to the software that came with my mobo ( ASUS A7N8X-E deluxe) pc probe it puts the CPU temp at around 40c.
im using a thermaltake smart case fan 2, 80mm and its running at max flow of 4800 rpm. its blowing down on the heat sink as per intructons of the heatsink manufactures website.
my question is what exactly is a "thin layer"? semi transparent so you can kinda see the die?
is 40c a lot for an un over clocked AMD barton 2800?
should i rip it all out and get the 8 bucks an ouce artic silver stuff? and do over?

thanx for your help

A:how much thermal goo?

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Lenovo's docs say that M.2 drives in a P70 require a "ThinkPad P70 NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive Thermal Insulation Pad". Anyone know how to obtain one of these? 

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I have a Heatsink with a slightly used thermal pad on the bottom
it appears to be in excellent shape it was only used for about a week b4 my buddy got a bigger & better heatsink im planning on usin this heatsink i just wanna know if it would b wise to just take it off the heatsink or use the same thermal pad

A:Used Thermal Pad help

If its still in good condition I personally see no reason not to use it.

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My E7440 is overheating, so I opened it to clean up the heat sink/fan assembly but I found out that this was stitched to the CPU (?) with some gray paste. Yes, I can put the sink back in place with the four screws, but I don't like it, I think the proper way to do this once the heat sink is removed is to also remove and replace the grayish paste with new one.
Is that gray paste what is known as thermal compound?
Should I just follow the instructions here? (It's the PDF that matches my i3 CPU)
EDIT: It's a unit refurbished by GENCO, about 1 year old.

A:Is this the thermal compound?

Yes, that is the remainder of the heatsink pad.
You can replace it with a thin layer of heatsink compound on top of just the heat slug (the rectangular portion atop the CPU die).

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am writing this on behalf of my father.
He is running Windows XP pro on a Packard Bell. Since last summer when the temperatures where pretty high(I'm in the UK), after being on his PC for about an hour the monitor screen goes blank and the orange Stand-by(power save) light is lit, The PC's on/off light and Hard Disk Drive lights remain on and fans still going, but no power seems to get to the monitor and other external sources. After it does this He turn's the PC off and tries to start up again, it get's to the point where it ask's for System Password and then maybe within 10-30 seconds it resumes the almost totally idle state as stated above. Almost like a Thermal Cut out.
This has happened 3 or 4 times and sometimes it's been about 3 weeks before it boots up correctly again.

I'm sorry if this sounds a bix mixed up but trying to word what someone tells you over the phone is hard..LOL..So I hope someone can give us any indication of the problem.

NB:~He has even changed the Power Pack before today but it made no difference, he has a brand new HardDrive too and it's not just happened on this XP system but previously he had ME, so it's not an operating System problem.
The below System specs are my PC's not my fathers btw!

A:Thermal CutOut..maybe..help please!!

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at the time booting showing that system thermal heating occured system will be shut down. system temparature (90D). 

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I've been wondering about this for a while.

I build PCs a lot, and When I put the heatsink/fan on the of the CPU, on the bottom of the heatsink is usually some kind of a thermal dissipation pad, or sometimes just a large copper base.

Is thermal paste really necessary on top of this? I've never noticed any overheating ever.

The heatsink/fans I use on the AMD XP CPUs are AMD heatsink fans that came in the retail package, or premium fans.

Should thermal paste be put between the cpu and heatsink even if the heatsink has a large copper base? (which should be enough already for heat dissipation)


A:thermal paste for CPU, is it necessary?

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I am sure that this has been ask and answered a lot, but here goes...

Is there a significant difference between types of thermal paste, and what is the best?

A:Thermal Paste?

There is about a 1-8C differance between thermal pastes. Arctic silver 5 is the best thermal paste and is moderately priced.

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do you apply the compund to cpu and the heatsike

A:thermal counpound help

see here


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I am going for an overclocking self record to see if I can beet my max speed of 2.5GHz on a 2.2Ghz cpu. I have a high performance zalman cooler but no decent thermal paste. Which ones would you suggest.

Thanking in advanced


A:Best thermal paste

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First of all I want to sat hi everyone because im new here

Now here is my problem:

I have been having problems playing wow and upon comments from techspot and official wow tech forums fistly i updated my all drivers and tested my ram sticks by swapping them. Then used memtest and come out %100 no errors..Then upon told that i need to check my temperature and finding it a bit high i opened up my laptop and cleaned both fans and that made my laptop work better than it used to be...

but the problem is that whwn i try to play wow or any other game my pc freeze and i need to push the power button to turn it off. Before doing the fan clean it used to work good at any game like battlefield CS etc except wow... Now it freezes even at a smallest game like crimson land..

1)the thing that makes me worry is that when i removed the sink that hold two fans i was able to see my cpu on which there is a dried paste which i think is the connection between the fans case and the cpu... That paste is dried and broken ...being not much into hardware of computers i need to know is that the cause of my problem or something else...

2) another thing is that when i try to check my bios settings the pc also freezes after 5 seconds...... And im not able to see any switch or battery which may let me to reset it....

3) Another thing is that when i try to format my pc it also freezes and this makes me think that its not a software but a hardware issue

finally my system is:

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A:Cpu thermal Paste??


Your PC is shutting down because it's overheating! If you don't stop you will destroy your CPU (precessor) Thermal compound is NOT reusable. The processor MUST be cleaned and new thermal compound MUST be installed before continuing to attempt using the machine. Visit www.articsilver.com for more information about thermal compounds and cleaners. I repeat, stop using your PC until you replace the thermal compound.

*edit: please quote with parsimony*

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Just built a new pc, the Barton retail comes with this square of something on the bottom of the HSF, I left that on for the install but I really like to use paste, will that pad thing be alright or should I scape it off and use paste instead.

A:Thermal pad or grease?

If you have some good thermal paste, IE Arctic silver 5. Then yeah use that. But unless you are going to be doing heavy gaming or video encoding I don't think you'll "need" it. I used the thermal pad and it was fine. I had the retail HS\F and that thermal pad, and my temp never went above 50 C. So if you want to stick some paste on it then by all means do it, you may see a little drop in the temp. But it is not necissary.

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Hi Guys.. I have a quick question, why is it when I am monitoring my computer's CPU Core Temp.. (1 CPU) Why Does It Not Update the program on temp changes? I have to put the computer to sleep, and turn the computer back on in order for it to update.. How Come? Thanks. Btw, It Does Not Update Any Program that provides me with this info, so its not the program itself.

A:Thermal Sensor

thermal sensor 64 bit download - freeware, shareware - X 64-bit Download (go to this link and download something)
Is your computer overheating?

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What is the best thermal paste out there? Ive used arctic silver 5 but i just saw arctic silver ceramique(sp). Whats good for a Zalman 9500 on a Phenom 9950BE?

A:Thermal paste

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After reading some good reports on Shin Etsu thermal paste, I bought some, but am having a lot of problems with getting it to spread properly. It tends to clump together, and when forcing it out, it leaves such a thin covering that the lettering on the CPU is still plainly visible.

I'm about to wipe it off, and return to AS5, but before doing so, I wanted to see if I'm doing something wrong, or if this paste is over rated?

A:Thermal Paste

I think that the tube of paste is either getting old or its not been stored at a proper tempature or even maby a manufacturing defect. After looking online it seems that there is not much difference between as5 and the shin etsu as there are both the best pastes on the market. Hope this helps

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I am giving my old P3,935 hp to a friend. Will it help if I replace thermal pad it came with to artic silver. I'm trying to keep it running as best I can because its for her daughter. Thank you, Kirk

A:Changing Thermal Pad, will it help?

Yes, replacing non-Arctic-Silver thermal compound/pad with Arctic Silver5 always helps

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I just bought an Intel Celeron D. It came with those big metal things and a fan. But I'm not sure if there is any thermal paste - There is this grey-ish solid smeared over the bottom of the heatsink thing, is that the thermal paste? I thought it would be a paste, not a solid!

Also, is this particular processor supposed to come with any documentation? In my box I got the Processor chip and the fan+heatsink thing. Something sounds fishy hey.

Any ideas?


A:Thermal paste

What you`ve got there is a thermal pad. Removing it may void the warranty.

Just insert the cpu into it`s socket on the mobo, and attatch the heatsink and fan.

As to your other question regarding documentation, I`m afraid I don`t really know.

Regards Howard :grinthumb

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I apologize for the length of this, but I want to give as much info as possible as this problem has been ongoing for quite some time. Thanks in advance for any advice you may offer. First, my system specs:

Epox 4PDA2+ Motherboard
Intel Pentium 4 2.6 GHz proc
Thermaltake Silent<something> 480W PSU
1 GB PC3200 RAM
MSI Nvidia 6600GT Video (previously All-In-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro)
Thermaltake CPU Heatsink & Fan (previously stock heatsink & fan)
1 SATA hard drive, 1 IDE hard drive, 1 DVD-R drive, 1 CD drive
Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer card

Ok, for about the past 6 months to a year, this system has had problems cold booting. It produces an alternating high-low beeping for approximately 30 seconds, but eventually boots. Once the machine was up and running it ran -perfectly-, which is why I've probably let the problem drag on for so long. Well, the problem has been worsening recently and finally came to a head when I decided to shut down the system (my big mistake) to install a new power strip. Of course the same problem occurred so I decided to look into it further. However, most recently after booting and while playing a game, the system had some kind of failure and after some electrical 'whining' noises, shut down. So finally I decided to look at this seriously.

I began with the RAM, seeing as the post code that occurs the longest during the beeping phase is 'C1' which I believe indicates some kind of RAM problem. I t... Read more

A:Bad CPU thermal sensor?

I would guess that the mobo is bad, but I don't know. If the mobo was bad I think it could read temps wrong or fry a graphics card, and have boot problems. I think your cpu would be fried at those temps, so I doubt it actually is that hot.
I think the mobo is the most likely candidate.

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i built a computer a while back, that didnt work. i sent the mobo back, they just now sent a new one. but the thing is, i dont have any thermal paste or whatever to put on the cpu to try it. if i dont put that stuff on it, will it mess it up?

A:thermal paste?

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What is it and what does it do?

Shuttle An35n Ultra 400, XP3200

37.5C? 50C?

Don't know how to set this because I don't know what I am setting. No explanation in manual.

Any help appreciated


A:CPU Thermal Throttling

Not sure my self but I would like to know. :hotouch:

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hi everyone . i have a lenovo g50 30. i want to change the thermal paste due to overheating issues, but just to make sure i don't break the laptop, i want to know which parts of the laptop needs thermal past? and how much themal i should use on each part ?

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Hey all.. Just asking, for thermal paste (for CPUs), if I separate the CPU from the heat sink, do I have to re-apply the thermal paste? Thanks..

A:Thermal paste

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is thermal paste suppose to dry up or just be a liquid/solid

A:thermal paste

Paste like arctic silver stays tacky after use. A thermal pad does dry out and get hard.

You cannot ever reuse thermal compound. It must be replaced if the hsf is removed.

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Hello, i'mbuilding my first self-made comp

I am going to buy thermal gell for my Athlon 3000+ and would like to know what the best brand of gell is and how i install the gell..

Can anyone tell me a good tutorial site for applying thermal gell?

Thank you very much in advanced,

A:Thermal Gell

Arctic Silver is the best that is available to the general public. http://www.arcticsilver.com/


Be aware of immitations, only accept the real thing http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_fraud.htm

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29 November 2005.
0136 Hrs. U.S. Central time.

FM: Rumba352.

SUBJECT: Which thermal compound do I use?

I just bought an ABIT motherboard, intel P4 CPU,
and a thermaltake heat sink.

I need to purchase a silver thermal compound?

Which brand name is the better?

After doing a froogle search I came up with seven candidates.

1. Startech silver based thermal heatsink grease.

2. Artic silver cermique premium high density compound.

3. Antec thermal paste.

4. OCZ Ultra 5+ siver thermal compound.

5. Akasa thermal compound.

6. Shin-etsu G-765 thermal paste.

7. Spire STARS-700 silver grease thermal cooling paste for heat sink.

Which one do you recommend?

Thank You.

awaiting your response.


A:Which thermal compound do I use?

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Well I Just Purchased A 3.0 Prescott CPU and well the thing is im kind of new on the thermal paste...

Please someone give me some tips on applying it...do i put the whole tube???

and like please i seriously dont know..thanks guys

A:Thermal Paste Help Please

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I'm new to this. Can someone tell me what "thermal failure" is? A friend has an old computer that won't stay on. I noticed that at the very beginning of booting, it says "Alert! Thermal Failure" and soon afterwards turns itself off.

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I have a case that has 2 thermal sensor leads from the front. Temp display in front.
it shows one lead taped to the harddrive and the other one tapped to
the cpu heatsink. or if I want too I can place one on the gpu.
the instructions recommend thermal tape to keep the sensors from falling off.
I looked on line. Newegg has both tape and thermal adhesive.
would the tape be better? adhesive sounds kind of permanent.
also can I get the tape in a store? I didn't really want to wait a few days for it
to come in the mail from Newegg. I looked at electrical tape and its only
rated to a temp of 80c something that could take the heat and I could find
locally would be great.

with asus probeII set to shut the computer down at 75c would electrical tape
still melt under normal operation---surfing and gaming???

A:thermal tape, do I need it, where to buy it?

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