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    Can a processor be cleaned

    This has nothing to do with my carputer but i was wondering if i can clean a processor. My notebook has been overheating and i think its as a result of fingerprints on the cpu. Can i clean it with rubbin alcohol or will that ruin it? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02
    This has nothing to do with my carputer but i was wondering if i can clean a processor. My notebook has been overheating and i think its as a result of fingerprints on the cpu. Can i clean it with rubbin alcohol or will that ruin it? Thanks.
    May I ask how you got fingerprints on the CPU inside the notebook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    May I ask how you got fingerprints on the CPU inside the notebook?
    By not wearing gloves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laidback
    By not wearing gloves?
    Basically he says that he opened up his notebook (laptop) and touched his CPU. I just find that weird.

    Anyway, he would need to clean the CPU and the heatsink with rubbing alcohol and then apply some thermal paste (arctic silver) very conservitavely (the less the better).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    Basically he says that he opened up his notebook (laptop) and touched his CPU. I just find that weird.
    Hey, people have different needs!

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    Sounds like you got more problems that just an overheating CPU if you got fingerprints on your CPU.

    Hmmmm, well you can clean electric components with WATER as long as its either DISTILLED. Cuz water doesnt short out stuff, water with salts in it does, soooooo blech.

    You can wet down circuits all you want, as long as its not powered on and dry when you do turn it on.

    Not useful i know but useful to know.

    Alkeeehol is good too i guess. But you shouldnt be cleaning circuitry anyway, just dusting it is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    Basically he says that he opened up his notebook (laptop) and touched his CPU. I just find that weird.
    You're not geeky enough if you find it weird to fondle your CPU....
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by sdashiki
    Sounds like you got more problems that just an overheating CPU if you got fingerprints on your CPU.
    Like what?? What have you people got against people touching their cpu's - it's not against the law!

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    lol @ jokes. Nah something is overheating and has been for the last month or so. I get random crashes and the like when the computer has been in use. I'm in the midst of determining what it is exactly, but as for temp fixes ive been removing my heatsink and cooling it. That works everytime but overtime the cpu has received some fingerprints. I actually had this problem before and ended up replacing a mobo/processor because of it (damn dell laptops!) I'm open to any ideas of what may be causing the overheat but i know the processor needs cleaned in the meantime.

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    Some laptops are poorly designed from the get go.

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