Cleaning the paste off my CPU.

  Mev 17:37 13 May 2004

I need to clean the thermal paste off my Athlon CPU. I have read several posts on the board on the best methods for doing this. Apparently i need to use a certain type of cleaner for this, 99% Isopropanol. Can i pick this up from a shop? I know they don't sell it at PC World. Can anyone suggest any shops in the UK where i can get this stuff from?

  Mev 17:56 13 May 2004

....or anything that will do the job?

  TomJerry 18:00 13 May 2004

Akasa CPU & Heatsink Cleaner £5.58 click here

You can be themal paste from there as well.

  Diemmess 18:06 13 May 2004

You only need to clear the excess, a smear is essential to give rapid heat transfer.

If you really want to start from scratch then almost any chemist (called pharmacy these days) will sell what you want.

I had to buy 500ml recently and can't remember what I paid, probably £3.50 or so, and too much anyway. it is a first class cleaner for many surfaces, mainly because it is safe on most plastics, and is the base for the really expensive spectacle cleaner from an optician.

  €dstowe 18:13 13 May 2004

Petrol - the grade used for refilling cigarette lighters is clean and leaves no residues.

Works well for cleaning thermal transfer paste from CPUs and heatsinks.


  Rayuk 18:14 13 May 2004

Or if youre a cheapskate like me use nail varnish remover.

  Mev 18:36 13 May 2004

Lighter fluid? Like i put in my Zippo lighter?

  €dstowe 18:41 13 May 2004

The stuff I know is called Ronsonol. Make sure it's not lighter gas.

  €dstowe 18:43 13 May 2004

N.B. nail varnish remover isn't particularly cheap neither is it free from containing residues. there is usually an oily component which remains behind as an oily film - not very much but it is there.

  Mev 19:51 13 May 2004

Ok, thanks guys.

  Dan the Confused 20:04 13 May 2004

It's tape head cleaner I think. If I run out of it vodka makes a good substitute.


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