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Pavilion dv6 thermal paste replacement?

So ive had my hp pavilion dv6 for abouy 6 ish years now and the thing gets crazy hot. I did some reasearch on thermal paste and i suspect that the throttling and (almost the entire computer) getting super hot is because the thermal paste has worn down so the heat from the cpu is spreading throughout the entire computer. Anyone else have this problem?

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Yes. Some thousands do.

It's a common procedure in the shop. But let's get this article up so you don't get lost over what paste to use.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/thermal-compound-charts/benchmarks,155.html

And how to apply. (Applies to laptops too.)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thermal-paste-heat-sink-heat-spreader,3600-5.html


So there it is. A common issue as laptops age. I hope you were keeping up with your monthly 1st of the canned air to the vent routine but as you replace the compound, you can do a deep clean. There are plenty of youtubes on this work but I want to repeat the following. DO NOT spin the fans with the canned air to high RPMs.

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It;s true and it works,but be careful.

I just went through this procedure on an HP DV7-7000t that has virtually the same motherboard. There are a multitude of YouTubes that describe how to. It worked for me but the thing to watch out for is disconnecting and reconnecting the keyboard cables, especially the little power cable for the backlighting. Having said that do not attempt this unless you have some skill, an anti-static work area, a ant-static strap and a magnetic screwdriver. Make sure to keep the little screws sorted and returned to their proper places as they are different lengths.
I used this Thermal grease. You don't need very much.

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