Introduction

How to replace the thermal paste into your laptop.

Parts

No parts required.

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.
  • 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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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. You should now be able to pull the battery out.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Carefully pull out the white electrical strip.
  • 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.
  • 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. Remove the two 4mm Phillips screws in the center of the computer located on each side of the copper electrical strip.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Remove the blue and red fan power cords.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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