Somewhere on teh interweb jack typed:
> Does anyone know if the stock fan/heatsink has a clear plastic film
> covering the thermal compound at the base? If it does, I didn't remove
> it prior to installtion on the cpu. If it is there, did I damage the
> cpu running it this way? There was no mention of this in the sparse
> install doc that came with the cpu. But now I'm reading online threads
> that say it is attached. Also, whenever the heatsink is removed does
> it require a new thermal pad to be installed or can I just reuse what
> thermal compound is stuck to the base.
I've never seen a plastic film on a C2D HS but then again I've only seen a
couple. I think that, if one was on yours you would have seen it?
You can't re-use the TIM if you pull the CPU. You'll need to remove the old
stuff (meths and a rag will do it) and use some after-market thermal paste.