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    Default OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    Ok I'm officialy freaking out here, I got this Q9550 a month ago and installed it into new MB but the MB was defective so I had to take everything out again. While uninstalling the CPU I got some thermal compound on the bottom of the CPU on 2 of the little contacts close to the edge! Is my CPU salvagable, can I get it off some how and it be ok? Cause I know you are not supposed to even touch the bottom of CPU ><

    I am really freaking out I'm sorry, but I just dont want to buy another CPU, I spent 220 bucks on this thing ; ; please help

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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    You didn't try to boot with that like that did you?

    Even if you did just clean it really really good With a lent free cloth. Use thermal paste remover or alcohol, till you cant clean it any more. Nothing else you really can do. . Till you see the cloth completely clean.
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    I went to the auto parts store and bought a can of brake clean then used rubbing alcohol and a can of air. I could have caught the house on fire when I was done with all those fumes.
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    No I didnt try and boot with the paste on the bottom or install it back in the MB or anything, right now it is in its protective case that it came in. I have the ArctiClean 1 & 2 removal kit would that work to remove it from the bottom of the cpu?

    I just hope this did not damage the cpu for good and be out 120 buck 8(

    thanx for support again ^^
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    Some have had success putting them in a washing machine on the gentle cycle. Only use a liquid detergent as the dry can be too abrasive. No need for bleach or fabric softner. Tumble dry on low heat with a dryer sheet to cut down static charge. CPU should be nice and clean and work great.
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    Funny stuff!

    Honestly Briggs I don't think you really have a problem. Gently clean the contacts off with a very small amount of your cleaning solution of choice. Don't bend anything and be careful not to create any static discharge.
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    My choice of thermal disolving solution is CO Contact Cleaner, leaves basicly no residue, disolves TIM really effectively and evaporates very quickly.

    You may follow this advice if you wish.

    take the mobo out of your case.
    take the battery out of the mobo.
    spray the heck out of the LGA with contact cleaner (be sure the nozzle isnt too close to the zpins though, so they dont bend.
    then leave the motherboard with the battery out somewhere sunny for about 20 minutes.
    clean down the cpu with the contact cleaner and leave it in a sunny area for about 20 minutes.
    put everything back together and voila
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    It sounds to me like the paste got on the CPU not the motherboard. "I got some thermal compound on the bottom of the CPU" are the words that were used.
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    the non oil based contact cleaners would still do an execellent job, that or isopropyl.
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    Default Re: OMG got thermalpaste on bottom of CPU!

    I'd find a lump hammer as soon as possible! If you don't have oine borrow one from a friend/neighbour. Strike the top of the CPU HARD. That should help the thermal compound fall off. Better to let it dry and go hard first. If the TIM's still wet, just hit it harder, it'll be fine.

    On a serious note, as long as you're electrostatically grounded,you're fine. Just clean the contacts off with TIM cleaner or alcohol of a decent purity (90%+).

    The only risk of damage is from static. I once cleaned up a Celleron 775 CPU when an electrolytic capacitor went pop and electrolyte stained the contacts underneath. I wore my anti static wrist strap and used brasso to actually polish/cut the staining electrolyte before wiping with alcohol. I'm not recommending you try brasso, but it did no harm in that situation.
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