So, I was trying to change my CPU cooler and some stock AMD Wraith cooler thermal paste get stuck in my mobo cpu socket. Can I still use my main board or I need to clean it all out first?
When you say "in my mobo cpu socket", do you mean in the pin holes? If so you need to clean it as best you can with a needle and magnifying glass, no chemicals.
Is using needle gonna be harmful to the pin holes? I tried to brush it out with a dry toothbrush bus some are still left in the holes.
I also had this misfortune whilst building my MSI B350M Tomahawk, whilst fault diagnosing a RAM boot issue, l clean out as much as l could and re-assembled.
It booted fine and all was ok upto a failed BIOS flash (Nothing to do with the thermal paste, and happened weeks later)
As long as the pins get some contact, you should be good.
So now I get it all out (maybe) and I can start the system now. Hope that all is ok in the future...........
TIM isn't (supposed to be) electrically conductive, so the chances of a short are small. How did you manage to get it in the socket anyway?
Well, it was all my carelessness. I was trying to change wraith cooler to CM V8 Gts. While removing wraith, all that excessive TIM got smeared and some got to the side of CPU so I tried to clean it out of the CPU. But when I take the CPU out some TIM got in to the pins socket. I don't even know how I did it really. lol
Look up a product called "Arcticlean", same company makes it that does Arctic Silver 5 and their other TIMs, it's a two step TIM remover that makes cleaning effortless, beats 90% alcohol and elbow grease and smells much better too. Best $10 you'll ever spend.
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