That’s the processor that has been powering me since almost 6.5 years now. :)
& I nearly lost it…
Let’s start from the start. Today was my PC clean-up day.
I have to do it regularly (every few months) because the CPU fan is actually more effective than a vacuum cleaner.
It collects all the dust found in my house…
Literally sucks them in – that’s dust collected next to air vent holes.
Not even the floppy drive is spared.
But imagine my horrification when I opened up the CPU heatsink to find this…
I think horrified is still not a strong enough word to describe what I felt.
That’s called living life on the edge. A few more days/months & my processor would have melted down.
After cleaning up the “mud,” there was still the thermal paste stuck to the core.
Luckily, the processor seems unblemished on the pins.
Pentium 4 Northwood 3.06Ghz HT – you’re a legend! Few processors could last being run at 73ºC while its safe max temperature is 69ºC.
After added a semi-drop of thermal paste, I reassembled everything & now the PC is all fine. CPU temp is around 48ºC, with the max temp at 55ºC (20ºC drop!). Although it makes twice more noise than before!? o_O
PS. The better looking pics are from my camera, while the less better ones are from E72 (with the LED flash messing up the colour).