So yesterday I finally replaced the thermal paste in my old Dell 17″ Studio laptop. It’s several years old now and has gotten a good deal slower so I thought some internal cleaning would help it out. I’ve recently been taking adventures into good laptop care, and am slowly becoming my own computer tech person. I’ve been enjoying these projects. I first cleaned my fan, then went into replacing my hard drive in my other laptop. I wouldn’t have ever tried this when younger, but I think as a young adult now, it’s important that girl get comfortable with their technology 🙂
So I did research online and found Newegg’s video on replacing a heat sink and an Instructable guide, which both gave me a good walk-through of what I should do. So following Newegg’s advice I bought Arctic Silver Thermal Compound as well as ArctiClean 60 Ml Kit, which assured me I would have a smooth replacement.
And so, here’s how it went:
1) First I unplugged my laptop and took the battery out. Then I unscrewed the back to open.
2) I unscrewed the heatsink from it’s anchor and took it out. If you look at the picture you can see the old smeared paste.
3) Then I put on the Cleaning compound Labeled 1, waited a minute then wiped off the old paste and then used the purifier to finish the job. I used coffee filters as used in the Neweggs video to wipe off the paste and it was super easy.
4) I then cleaned the heatsink in the same way. You can see how clean it is.
5) Then for the moment I was waiting for: I took the paste and gently squeezed out just enough that I thought would make a thin layer as recommended. It was like a droplet. I used an old piece of plastic to spread it out and I was done! But in my rush to get the heat sink in place I forgot to take of picture of it before. So you see it after I pressed the heat sink back on, but it was still a lot less messy than the original.
6) I then made sure the squares matched up and I then screwed everything back in place according to the numbers that were on the screws (I read somewhere that’s what there for). And everything works nicely. I didn’t actually measure the heat output before going in so I can’t say how much it helped, but I know it didn’t make it worse! I typed this post up with the computer and it feels a little cooler. Of course could all just be in my head but I’m very proud of myself either way.