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    Household substitute for thermal paste?

    Strange question, I know, but is there one? Mail takes forever here and I'm dealing with someone really impatient. I hate to re-use the rubber pads that came on the stock heatsink of the Acer Aspire One. The only thing I could think is that someone here has tried to use toothpaste or something as a substitute. Do you know of anything?

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    u can use mustard but it drys and becomes non thermally conductive rather quickly
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewZorn View Post
    Strange question, I know, but is there one? Mail takes forever here and I'm dealing with someone really impatient. I hate to re-use the rubber pads that came on the stock heatsink of the Acer Aspire One. The only thing I could think is that someone here has tried to use toothpaste or something as a substitute. Do you know of anything?

    Also, right now liquid cooling has almost as many people on as News and Intel... wow (both in the 70s).
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    Better use nothing.
    Just mount the heatsink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eponymous View Post
    American cheese slice :P This was done on a review site once - can't remember where though....
    HardOCP used cheese in their recent paste shootout
    Last edited by nemesisrobot; 08-18-2009 at 03:36 AM.

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    Silicone gel is okay...almost everything else has too short of a lifespan to be viable

    If you want to run for a few hours, toothpaste and ketchup aren't bad.

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    Funny you would mention it, hardware.no made a recent test of a lot of house hold items:
    http://www.hardware.no/artikler/det_...nomgaa/71296/1

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    Tanning Lotion
    Tooth paste
    Banana
    (don't know, my Norwegian is not that good)
    Artic Ceramique
    Lip gloss
    (don't know, my Norwegian is not that good)
    Aluminium Foil
    Polish
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    Deodorant
    Brown Cheese
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    Paper
    Yellow Cheese
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    yeah toothpaste will be ok for a day or 2 :/
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    Butter seems lke a good idea. Prepare for the smell off fried eggs when you fire up the rig though. LOL
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    Toothpaste will last 2-3 days, if it's that urgent, use it

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    Bacon Grease... so even if it doesn't work, at least you aren't thinking about your CPU burning up, you are just hungry.

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    Make them wait. Seriously, if they can't wait a day or 2 for some thermal paste to come, they shouldn't be playing with build_your_own type of PCs. They don't want to be inconvenienced by having to wait, but they inconvenience you by making you break down their heatsink 2x

    Or just tell them their PC is broken, and to buy a new one lol
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    Hahaha this thread is hilarious... Cheese and bacon between a CPU and a heatsink? You can fry it that way!
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    Lol ASC owned by butter

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    It has to be permanent, so what do you think... NOTHING or re-using the semi-sticky rubbery pads?

    EDIT a lot of people are suggesting foods and whatnot but I meant more along the lines of materials. Like carefully folded aluminum foil, maybe only 3 layers thick...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewZorn View Post
    It has to be permanent, so what do you think... NOTHING or re-using the semi-sticky rubbery pads?
    Nothing. And that won't be permanent either. Try to tighten the heat sink a bit more to form better contact (as much as it can be good considering that you are connecting two really imperfect surfaces).

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    how could nothing be much worse later than it is at the start? i dont see anything being more permanent than nothing. i know even real paste isnt permanent but i accept the fact that this guy isnt going to open his netbook every 2yrs to replace the paste.
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    put to goey pad back on there... push it back around so that it is slightly thicker than it was and it'll work fine... hell... my EEEpc doesnt even have a real heatsink, its uses the keyboard backplate
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    ketchup

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    automotive antisize for thread. It have copper or aluminium in it. i think this can work.

    + it wont dry fast.
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