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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:47 pm 
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I'm working to restore my newly acquired QS Dual 1GHz. I've read that many, older graphics cards can benefit from a fresh coat of thermal paste; but, the vid card in the QS is a GeForce4 MX – and the small, square heatsink is strongly attached to the board. Wanting to be careful, I'm wishing to know if that kind of card can be successfully repasted? Thanks!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:33 pm 
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Not sure, but check this site out…

http://www.jcsenterprises.com/Japamacs_ ... s_PPC.html


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:06 pm 
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Thanks, BDAqua.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:58 pm 
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If the heatsink is secured with a 2 or 4 posts that run through the motherboard to the other side (with OEM parts they're usually plastic pins) then you can remove it. After removing the pins, try carefully turning it left and right in clockwise/counterclockwise motions. Slowly ramp up the pressure as you switch between left and right and don't just mongo twist it right off the bat. It should, slowly, start giving and come loose.

If it's affixed without posts then the heatsink is affixed with thermal epoxy, which means the component is glued to the heatsink. You're just as likely to remove the surface mounted component as the heatsink at that point.

FWIW the GeForce 4MX is basically just a rebadged GeForce 2MX. It'll work as a display card but don't expect a whole lot of 3D performance out of it.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:34 am 
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Oh. And if you remove the plastic pins, be very careful not to damage them if you want to re-use them. I usually carefully squeeze the tip of the pin together and push it back through the hole.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:17 am 
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I apologize for the tardiness of my reply. Thanks for the additional thoughts, MonkeyBoy!

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