Changing Thermal Paste on QuickSilver

Altemose

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Since I am replacing all of the thermal pastes on my computers older than 2010, I am going to do my QuickSilver. Is there anything really different than doing it on my MDD? It is an original QuickSilver, dual 800 MHz, 1.5 GB RAM.
 

bunnspecial

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The Quicksilver uses a pair of clips that clip onto the underside of the processor card to hold the heat sink in place, unlike the screws on the MDD. You will need a pair of needle nose pliers to to get them off.

Aside from that, you shouldn't find it much different from an MDD.
 

Altemose

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The Quicksilver uses a pair of clips that clip onto the underside of the processor card to hold the heat sink in place, unlike the screws on the MDD. You will need a pair of needle nose pliers to to get them off.



Aside from that, you shouldn't find it much different from an MDD.

Once I get my PowerBook together I will begin that fun task. Do I ever need to remove the processor card?
 

bunnspecial

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Once I get my PowerBook together I will begin that fun task. Do I ever need to remove the processor card?
No, you should be fine to leave it in place.


At some point in the process, I would suggest removing the CPU fan and cleaning the dust out of it. As I recall, it's two screws accessible from the back panel. I'd probably take it off before trying to remove the heatsink, as it give you more clearance to access the clips.
 

Altemose

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No, you should be fine to leave it in place.


At some point in the process, I would suggest removing the CPU fan and cleaning the dust out of it. As I recall, it's two screws accessible from the back panel. I'd probably take it off before trying to remove the heatsink, as it give you more clearance to access the clips.
These don't look like the clips I am used to on Dells and other PCs. Am I physically taking pliers and bending it off the card? There is no easy release latch on these as far as I can see.
 

bunnspecial

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They have a narrow lip on each end that "hooks" under the edge of the processor card. Use the pliers to pull one end out and up. You should then be able to manipulate the other end free.
 

Altemose

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They have a narrow lip on each end that "hooks" under the edge of the processor card. Use the pliers to pull one end out and up. You should then be able to manipulate the other end free.
Thanks. Dealing with the PowerBook right now but I will get it done by tomorrow.
 
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