CPU fan is a important component to dissipate the heat generated by the Processor. But in long run, it becomes clogged with dust and efficiency of heat dissipation becomes less. This often leads to over heating of processor, which may cause freezing problems and even lead to random shut down.
By removing and cleaning the CPU Heat sink and the CPU fan, CPU over heating problems can be avoided.
In this tutorial, we will show how to remove CPU Heat Sink and CPU Fan and clean it thoroughly.
1. Screw Driver to remove the screws.
2. Heat Sink Compound. To apply between the Processor and the Heat Sink.
2. Remove the connections from the Motherboard. Check Cleaning Inside Computer till step 4 for removing the connections from the Motherboard.
You can continue without removing the RAM from the Motherboard. But it is strongly recommended to remove the RAM before continuing.
3. Identify the screws the hold the Motherboard to the computer case. May be 4 to 5 screws used to hold the Motherboard.
Look out for the screws in the positions as given in the image. Depending upon the manufacturer, these screw positions may change.
4. After removing the screws, just slide the motherboard little to the right before pulling it out from the computer case. As motherboard may be attached by the connector on the left side, it is best to slide the motherboard little to right before pulling it out from the computer case.
5. Now remove the CPU fan from the Processor by rotating the knobs in the CPU fan clockwise as shown in the image.
Once you turned it, you can feel that the knob is moving freely. Turn all the knobs such a way that all the knobs move up and down freely.
6. Turn the Motherboard upside down, and press the white clip and at the same time pull the knob to release that leg from the motherboard.
In the image the bottom right side leg is pushed down and the remaining legs need to be pushed down. Push down all the legs to release CPU fan from the Motherboard.