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How to remove athlon xp heatsink/fan for heatsink cleaning

By chunkstyle
Jan 29, 2005
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  1. hey

    i noticed yesterday that the fan & heatsink on my athlon xp (2100+) processor is pretty full of dust. can anyone please tell me how to go about
    detatching that clip that holds them to the mobo socket so i can clean them out? i built the pc, but have kinda forgotten exactly how the clip latches down & i don't want to exert too much force on anything in that area.
    is it correct that i'll also need to regrease the bottom of the sink with thermal grease? is this grease available at places like best buy or circ. city?

    thank you!
  2. truptik

    truptik Newcomer, in training

    Forgive me, but I find it hard to believe that if you put that machine together once, you forgot how to take it apart now.
    It is human nature to never forget something that you did on your own.
    That hold's true for computers also.
    Maybe it will suffice if you just unscrew the fan from the heatsink and clean the fan and heatsink fins with a 1/4 - 1/2 inch paintbrush.
  3. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595


    Depending on the model of heatsink you have on it, there should be a flat insert on one end of the retaining clip designed for a flathead screwdriver. You apply pressure there with a screwdriver that lets you safely slide it away from the plastic clip holding it to the motherboard.

    Then you can easily remove it. Remember to properly apply thermal compound after you are finished.
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