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07-03-2012 10:38 PM
I was looking to upgrade the processor on my Pavilion p6-2100 (Win7 64-bit),and I have already decided upon the AMD A6-3650, but when I opened the case up today, I found not an AMD heatsink, but instead what looked like a stock Intel heatsink. I guess that I have no choice but to keep the heatsink, as it doesn't mount at all like an AMD one, but I have no idea how to remove it , let alone reinstall it. I would greatly appreciate a link or description with instruction on how to (un)install this heatsink.
07-04-2012 05:54 PM
Thanks for the reply, Big Dave!
Here is the product number character-for-character from the side of my PC:
I can't get you a pic of the inside of my case right now, but I can tell you that the fan looks just like this guy's, which is strange because he has an Intel CPU and I have an AMD Llano, which normally uses an AM3 heatsink.
Thanks in advance,
07-04-2012 06:07 PM - edited 07-04-2012 06:10 PM
Many heat sinks will work on different CPUs. As an example, this heat sink will work on both AMD and Intel CPUs.
The heat sink in your PC is used on more than 200 products.
07-04-2012 06:32 PM
I know that any heatsink can work on any CPU, the only problem is its mounting method. I can already see that the socket AM3 heatsink that came with my A6-3650 will not mount on the motherboard, and I am fine with getting some thermal compound and reapplying it to the old cooler. I haven't even attempted to remove the HP heatsink yet; all I need is some instruction on how to properly remove and then reinstall it. Do I have to take the whole motherboard out of the case, or what do I need to do?
07-04-2012 08:05 PM - edited 07-04-2012 08:06 PM
So what is wrong with using the HP heat sink? It's the only one listed for spare parts.
Why would you buy a replacement CPU without knowing the installation instructions before hand?
07-04-2012 09:13 PM
I guess I should have been more specific with my question. All I want to know before I begin swapping the CPUs out is if there is anything else that has to be done to remove the heatsink. All I need to do is remove all four spring loaded screws, right? The only reason I am asking this is because I bought the CPU knowing that it came with an AM2/AM3 cooler and figuring that the cooler in the computer was the same thing. I have had experience in the past with the standard cam-locking mechanism, but none with anything else.
Hopefully this clears up what I want to know.