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Join Date: May 2009
10-19-2009, 07:41 PM
Around the elevated square of the middle big chip, the dark surface is a foil that you can take of. Carefully. Feel first where there's something underneath first. On my mini, there were several tiny smds under it, causing an air gap between the chip body and the foil.
It thus goes, gpu -> air/smds -> foil -> thermal pad -> heat spreader -> plastic film -> metal plate under keyboard -> [plastic ->] air
Update: the new pads were these with 6 W/mK.
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southern New Jersey, USA
Food for thought. - 10-20-2009, 04:34 PM
Former Inspiron Mini 9 Owner, Modder, Enthusiast
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: United States
10-20-2009, 05:02 PM
From my experience, thermal paste will become hard if applied incorrectly... meaning too thick or exposed to a lot of airflow. It is best to apply the thermal grease in a thin (almost transparent) layer between a CPU and heatsink. Obviously I understand that this is not the application you are looking for and that this is general knowledge information and will probably not be of use to you.
But, I do not think a think layer of thermal paste will be beneficial. This could turn messy and will most likely end up caking onto your components when it becomes hard (easily cleaned off with isopropyl alcohol)
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