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Dell Inspiron 6000 Heat Sink connection

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I'm having a problem with another overheating Dell laptop. I installed a fan driver utility that seemed to help a bit, but the CPU still reaches temperatures of 82 C.
After taking apart the unit to apply some arctic silver thermal compound, I noticed that the heat-sink was connected to the board by solder. A
After cleaning the fan, etc., I'm having trouble soldering the 5 vault connector back to the board.
I'm using a 15 watt soldering point and have a Digital Multimeter but the connectivity issue is still not resolved.
Any suggestions on how to resolve this issue would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Stephen
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by:jamietoner
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"I noticed that the heat-sink was connected to the board by solder" the cpu heatsink would have been held on by 4 screws (http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins6000/en/sm/thermal0.htm#wp1000001) and the video card heatsink by 2 screws (http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins6000/en/sm/video0.htm#wp1006368). Where is this other piece that was soldered on? If possible post a pic on www.ee-stuff.com.
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by:WolfeTone32
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Thanks for the reply, but I wasn't specific enough with my initial post:

The fan itself is connected to the M.B. via a soldered joint. I'm having trouble re-connecting the power cord for the fan to the board. I am trying to de-solder the area, clean it and apply some Deoxit to the connections.
Not very good with soldering as of yet.

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The 1 fan in the system is connected by 2 screws and small 3-pin cable that unplugs from the motherboard for easy replacement. If you ripped the fan port off the motherboard it would be extremely difficult if not impossible to solder back on even for a pro. Heres a link to the fan removal part of the teardown for the I6000
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins6000/en/sm/fan0.htm#wp1000550
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by:WolfeTone32
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Thanks again, but when I received the laptop, the cable that plugs to the MB was soldered. I attempted to desolder the area and apply a de-oxidation compound to connectivity points.
The arctic silver thermal compound has the unit going no higher than 66 degrees C and has stayed powered up for over 13 hours; and this is without aid of the fan! The only additional option that I would recommend would be getting a cooling fan.
Since you were the only one who replied to my initial inquiry, I'll allot you the points for your helpful and thoughtful input.


Thanks,

Stephen
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