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Alpha 6035PAL Assembly Instructions

Alpha 6035PAL Assembly Instructions

Contributed by Lee Penrod

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Prepare the heatsink:
1. The first thing that needs to be done is to clean bottom of the heatsink. First take the paper/plastic off the thermal pad (if it is still present). Now, get some nail polish remover or isopropyl alcohol and apply it to the bottom of the heatsink using paper towel. If you let the cleaner sit for a couple of seconds on the pad it will usually soften up. Get an old credit card and scrape off the pad. After you remove the pad get some more nail polish and paper towel, and scrub the bottom of the heatsink. This should remove any remaining junk on the copper inlay. Let the heatsink air dry before continuing.

2. Take the 4 washers and place them on the four screws.

3. Take the heatsink and place it such that the copper (bottom) is facing down, and the text side is facing you. Now take the retention clip,
and place it such that the V's on it are facing down and the side of clip with the movable part is facing away from you. Push the clip in between the pins of the heatsink, such that if you count the number of pins from the edge of the heatsink to the metal clip you get 4 on each side. Make sure that the movable latch is on the same side as small the step shown on the right side of picture 1.

4. Place the white duct on top of the pins of the heatsink. The slits/air intakes on the sides of the white duct should be opposite the stair step on the bottom of the heatsink.

5. Take the 60mm fan and place it on top of the fan duct, lining up the screw holes in the fan with the holes in the duct. The fan should be set to suck heat off the heatsink, not blow air on it. There should be arrows on the fan's side indicating airflow (it should be pointing up away from the heatsink.)

6. Take the four screws you setup earlier and put them through the 4 holes in the fan. Screw them into the heatsink making sure that you do not screw down so far that you bend the duct or damage the fan. You ideally want each screw, screwed in the same amount. You can roughly check how far each screw is screwed in by looking at the screw holes at the bottom of the heatsink. - Never screw the screws in further than the base of the heatsink.

Install the processor:
Pull the lever away a tiny bit so that it isn't impeded by the locking tab. Pull the lever up so that it is perpendicular with the socket. Insert the cpu with the correct orientation. The notched corner of the processor should point towards the hinge of the lever; the AMD logo will be upside down. The processor will slip right into place with no force. Put the lever back how it was. Tip: The lever will be stiffer with the processor in then without it.

IMPORTANT: Always ground yourself by touching the metal chassis before touching the processor or motherboard. If available use an antistatic wrist-strap.

Apply Thermal Compound:
Apply a drop of arctic silver II or other thermal compound on the core of the processor. Smooth the compound into a paper-thin layer using the edge of an old credit card. You may also use a razor blade if you have a really steady hand..
You only need a drop about the size of half a grain of rice in order to do a Thunderbird or Duron core. Applying too much will degrade performance.

Mount The Heatsink:
1. Take the fully assembled heatsink and press the clip so that more of the part without the movable piece sticks out the side of the heatsink, than the movable piece side.

2. Now, carefully place the heatsink on top of the processor. The side of the heatsink with the movable part should be over the part of the socket with Socket 462 writing on it.

3. With your hand on top of the fan, keeping it steady, press down and in on the latch without the movable part to secure it on the middle tab of the socket. Make sure you keep your hand on the top edges of the fan for the next step.

4. Now the tricky part. With either a flat head screw driver, or an unsharpened pencil press down on the movable latch until the edge of it is touching the socket. With your finger, flip the little ledge on it out a bit, and press down, hooking the center tab on the other side.

5. Take the 3-pin connector coming from the fan and hook it into the fan header on the motherboard usually labeled CPU_FAN. If the fan is 4-pin plug it into a lead from the power supply.

Tips/Trouble Shooting:
If the alpha makes a lot of noise during operation, try remounting it. If you screw down unevenly you can put unequal pressure on the duct making it vibrate, which amplifies the sound of the fan. Be careful not to scrape the tracings of the motherboard when mounting the alpha, scraping the tracings under the center tab by pressing too hard can seriously damage the motherboard. An unsharpened pencil used on step 5 is less likely to damage the motherboard if you slip, but it is also harder to mount the alpha with it.

Do not press down on the center of the fan during steps 4 &5. Only hold the heat sink on with slight pressure on the edges of the fan by the screws. It may help to have a second person hold it down, as it can be a bit awkward. If you are going to use the thermal pad do not add thermal compound, or remove the pad. If your processor does not have feet, then add them using the ones supplied with the heatsink.

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