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CPU stick to radiator, can't separate them.

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I can't separate CPU from radiator, they stick together to hard, is there any way to separate them?
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nobus

8/22/2022 - Mon
Lee W, MVP

Sometimes they are made that way by the computer vendors.  Just buy a new Fan and heatsink.  They aren't terribly expensive.
aguess

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ok, I need to put my cpu socket 478a back in motherboard, but cpu stick to radiator, and I have to separate them, to install cpu back in MB.
Lee W, MVP

How do you figure?  You took it out that way, didn't you?
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yes, when I was taking CPU from MB, it's came out together - CPU and radiator, now i can't put it back in.
Lee W, MVP

Did you bend any of the pins on the CPU?  Look CAREFULLY.  Is the lever up?
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No, i did not bend any pins on the CPU, and lever is up on the MB, I just need to separate CPU from radiator
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aguess

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CPU came out together with radiator, in one piece.
Lee W, MVP

I don't see why - can you take some pictures and post them?  I have NEVER had to separate the heatsink from the CPU to insert it if it came out with it on.  I suspect your missing something.
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ok, i have a pic, where can i send it, cuz i dont see an option to post it here
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xmmm...so how can I warm up CPU?
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Lee W, MVP

Ok... I don't see why you need to remove it from the heat sink... what's the motherboard look like?  I still say, put it back the same way you removed it.
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there is a leverage on the MB, for cpu, when u lift that leverage, panel with holes for the pins on cpu moves, then  u put in cpu, and push down a leverage to lock cpu in the socket
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So how did you remove it?  Did you pry it off?
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I just unlocked metall clips, they keep radiator tie to CPU, then pulled up radiator, it came out in one piece CPU and radiator
nobus

>>  so how can I warm up CPU?  <<  in most cases  they do it when the cpu is still in the socket, and let it run for some minutes.  Now you can try a hair dryer to heat up the heatsink
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ok thx
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Chris B

You definitely won't get it back in with the h/s attached. No way to have the lever up. A utility knife blade (or even a table knife) between the heatsink and the foil, tapped in with a screwdriver and something to hit it with (firmly but gently) should get it apart.

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Nobus thank you, i warmed up heatsink with hairdryer, and separated them :)
nobus

ok; glad it worked. Do not forget to apply heatpaste when putting it back; Arctic Silver is the best :
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