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Soultribunal March 12, 2009 05:50 PM

When it Rains....it Pours... What should I Do?
Well, with my VC on RMA Right now, my Main is obviously Down (HIS Fan went in case anyone doesn't know).
So, in my boredom I decided that since I'm doing this new Diamond IC7 TIM, I would prep my Chip and HSF for the arrival of the good stuff.
THat way, I could do a clean run through on Fresh stuff from both.

This, is where It becomes an Epic fail everyone.
So, I was cleaning off the TIM from my Chip, and I placed it on my Anti-static Mat, and then I proceeded to clean the HSF..

Well, I knocked over the bloodly bottle of Iso Alcohol right onto the chip...and in my haste to pick the :censored: thing up, dropped it right on the ground because I couldn't get a grip.

Here is where the question comes.
I know this stuff (the ISO Alcohol Evaps right quick in air) but do I risk attempting to put this Chip Back into my RIg and Seeing if it runs? Will I cook my MB?
Or, do I try and find the Recipt and hope to RMA it not knowing if it works or not?
I am at a real loss here everyone.
And, for being so :censored::censored: safety oriented in my day to day life...I really dropped the ball on this one.

My only consolation is I have a Core 2 E4700 in my Bench...
But a RIg with that , and Onboard Graphics is not worth it.
As it stands, I've been running off my Test system since my Card went south...

THanks guys
Bad day today...

Best Regards,

CTA March 12, 2009 06:02 PM

i THINK it should be okay if its completely drying... i hope alcohol didnt get inside the cpu chip...

JD March 12, 2009 06:08 PM

I'd let it sit for a good 24h, then clean the chip and contacts with alcohol just to make sure there's no floor dirt stuck to it.

Then it should be good to go IMO.

Realityshift March 12, 2009 06:35 PM

Yeah I agree that ISO should have evaporated pretty quickly I should think, im not sure if it leaves much of a residue once its dry, you should ask braineater I bet hes got some experience with it =P

3.0charlie March 12, 2009 06:37 PM

It should be fine, if there's no physical damage.

aviduser March 12, 2009 07:01 PM

well I think the cap on most processors is airtight or dam close to it. I think it should be alright, I'm guessing you checked the pins or see if they weren't bent?

Soultribunal March 12, 2009 07:01 PM


Originally Posted by 3.0charlie (Post 162559)
It should be fine, if there's no physical damage.

I'm praying Charlie...I've cleaned soooo many damn Chips/HSF's and Never has this happened.
It was, approx a 3ft drop from workbench to floor.
I'm gonna take my special cloth and clean it all (light white residue) , and plug it in and hope for the best..

Thanks for the posts guys..


3.0charlie March 12, 2009 07:08 PM

Just make sure the base is not cracked, or the edges are not damaged.

Soultribunal March 13, 2009 04:55 AM

She's Dead Jim.... :sad::sad::sad::sad:
Tried 3 different Seats , took over two hours to clean the damn thing up.
No Dice, No CPU Detected...

I'm down to onboard Video and my E4700 now.



chrisk March 13, 2009 07:33 AM

Crap ST...happens to all of us at some point...might be an opportunity to upgrade??

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