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The answer is yes, you need to apply or put thermal pad/grease when installing processor/cpu in your computer.
Please check this link for the manual ; http://dell.to/I1J5AE
Also, I was thinking about replacing the motherboard and heat sink of my studio 1555 to get the ati 4570M gpu. Would it be as simple as replacing those two components? Or is there more to it?
Before replacing Motherboard and heatsink, make sure that it will fit and will be compatible for your computer. You can get more details when you buy the board to our Sales Team. Just a heads up, replacing a board requires a certified technician to to that. Since it is a major part and it requires removing multiple parts in your computer. See this manual for your reference ; http://dell.to/HuNBaa
If you have not done anything about replacing a motherboard, I recommend not to do it. Steps are complicated and like I mentioned, it requires an experienced and certified technician to do it.
I talked to dell. The guy at first sounded unsure, so I asked him where I could find this information out. Then he changed his stance and said it was impossible to upgrade the graphics card because the graphics controller is incompatible.
If it is simply a software issue, then I don't see why it's impossible. At worst I would have to reinstall the OS such that I could install the correct graphics card driver. Most graphics card at least have some functionality until you install the correct drivers. Do you know another place where I could check to see if the the different motherboard/heat sink will fit into the same bezzel?
Let me start off by saying I am new here to this Dell Community.
I'm having an issue with my Dell Studio 1555 and I'm currently experiencing an issue with the laptop
overheating & touch pad area gets very hot as well as a lot of hot air comes out of the laptop vent
located on the rear in upper left corner where the cpu chip and heatsink are located.
This post is referencing a previous post from 4 years ago. Where on 4 Apr 2012 10:30 PM you replied
to a post by Hormel regarding "Studio 1555 reapplying heat sink". In your reply you indicated that
yes, you need to apply or put thermal pad/grease when installing processor/cpu in your computer and
then made reference to a link to a manual at http://dell.to/I1J5AE.
Well after following that link, it does not mention anything about the proceedure in the manual or
any other subsequent links on that page. Nor is it even for the Studio 1555.
Now the issue I'm experiencing is that my Studio 1555 turns off constantly while in the middle of
doing anything. I have run the diagnostics on each hardware component with the exception of the
memory because the system shuts down in the middle of the test, but everything else passes. So, I'm
thinking that it is the heatsink or possibly some memory, which rarely goes bad.(Do you think?) And
if it is the heatsink my question is this.....
1- Would I need to replace the heatsink and fan assembly?
2- Is there any documentation on doing this proceedure of using the thermal pad and if it needs to
be adhered with an adhesive to the underside of the heatsink between the cpu or just applying the
thermal grease itself without a pad between the heatsink and cpu chip on/for the Studio 1555?
3- Is there a specific type or grade of thermal pad &/or grease or adhesive that needs to be used on
the heatsink assembly between the cpu chip and heatsink? If so, please advise me in what & where I
can secure and purchase these items. As I have not found any available new or used heatsink parts
etc on Dell.com. But I did find some used heatsink and fan assemblys on ebay. Do you know if there
are any new ones out there?
forum community because this is the only machine I presently have and the constant system shutting
down on me a a moments notice.
Thanks for your assistance.