Introduction

How to replace the thermal paste into your laptop.

Parts

No parts required.

  1. Turn the laptop upside down
    • Turn the laptop upside down

    • The battery is located on the front right side of the laptop; the opposite side from the floppy disk drive.

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  2. As shown by the arrow, slide the plastic cover up and then pull out and downwards.
    • As shown by the arrow, slide the plastic cover up and then pull out and downwards.

    • You should now be able to pull the battery out.

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    • Remove the four 16mm Phillips screws bordering the edge of the laptop, indicated here.

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    • Remove the 4mm Phillips screw on the right rear side of the laptop next to the audio ports.

    • This will release the speaker grille.

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    • Flip the computer back over and open the screen.

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    • Slide the blue speaker grille (located above the keyboard) to the right and gently pull upward. The grille will still be connected by a white electrical strip.

    • Carefully pull out the white electrical strip.

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    • Remove the 4mm Phillips screw in the center (located to the left of the green strip).

    • Carefully pull the green strip straight up to disconnect it.

    • The keyboard can now be removed.

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    • Remove the two 4mm Phillips screws in the center of the computer located on each side of the copper electrical strip.

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    • Remove the four 4mm Phillips screws around the hard drive cage.

    • WARNING: DVD drive is now loose as well.

    • Lift hard drive cage straight up.

    • Carefully disconnect the copper strip to pull out the hard drive.

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    • With the hard drive removed, unscrew the four 6mm brass colored, Phillips screws under the hard drive cage

    • This will allow you to remove the hard drive mounting bracket

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    • Remove the three 6mm brass colored, Phillips screws that hold the fan cage in place.

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    • Remove the two 4mm black Phillips screws shown here.

    • Remove the 18mm silver Phillips screw shown here.

    • Now remove the silver tab.

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    • Remove the blue and red fan power cords.

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    • Carefully pull up and out on the metal heat sink and fan bracket.

    • You should be able to see the thermal paste.

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    • To remove thermal paste thoroughly, put isopropyl alcohol (70% or greater) on a paper towel and wipe thermal paste off. Some force may be required.

    • Apply new thermal paste to CPU.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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