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poured isopropyl alcohol into cpu socket

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Posted · Original PosterOP

i poured 70% isopropyl alcohol into my cpu socket to dissolve some thermal paste that i got in the socket. how long should i wait before booting the pc?

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depends on how warm the ambient air is and what humidity.

evaporation can be quick, but when in a puddle, or sitting under a cap/mosfet or CPU socket, kinda takes some time.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

is it possible for the alcohol to go behind the socket onto the motherboard? btw im in a warm and humid environment (31 celcius 68% humidity)

 

i dont see any alcohol in the socket but im scared that it leaked through onto the motherboard

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Just squirt the alcohol on and invert the board while keeping the socket safe. Evaporation should only take a few minutes. 


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5 minutes ago, campy said:

 Isopropyl alcohol is extremely conductive

What? Neither pure water nor alcohol is conductive so that's not really true.

 

Now the water portion of a 70% mixture picking up particles is another story, but that's not exactly likely in this scenario.


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22 minutes ago, campy said:

isopropyl alcohol is a polar liquid, its very, very conductive

with water, especially the stuff you find like 30% water content, isnt AS conductive, and the stuff is almost never truly isopropyl alcohol from its definition of purity, but its still conductive enough where it can for example, drain small capacitors

 

around a cpu socket, that is a concern if you were to try and power on the machine

Pure ispropyl alcohol is not at all conductive (or rather a very poor conductor) , just like water. The contaminates it picks up cause it to be. 
Say you take like distilled water and add salt. The free ions from the salt will make it more conductive.



 


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Just use a hair dryer on the motherboard for few minutes, even 70% isopropyl evaperates at around 80c completly


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