Removing the processor fan
and heat-sink assembly
WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the
safety information that shipped with your computer and
follow the steps in Before working inside your computer.
After working inside your computer, follow the instructions
in After working inside your computer. For more safety best
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WARNING: The heat sink may become hot during normal
operation. Allow sufficient time for the heat sink to cool
before you touch it.
CAUTION: For maximum cooling of the processor, do not
touch the heat transfer areas on the heat sink. The oils in
your skin can reduce the heat transfer capability of the
thermal grease.
1 Remove the left-side cover.
2 Follow the procedure from step 1 to step 4 in "Removing the power-supply
1 Disconnect the processor-fan cable from the system board.
2 Loosen the captive screws that secure the processor fan and heat-sink
assembly to the system board.