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Gently lift the fan and heatsink assembly straight up and out so you do not smear the thermal paste.

Thermal paste is a heat conductive gel applied to the underside of the heatsinks. Be careful not to wipe any off or else the components within the laptop will not cool properly and could become damaged. It also makes a big sticky mess if it smears or gets on any other components.

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