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Fan baffle and processor installation movie - ThinkCentre A51, A52, M52, M52e

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Fan baffle and processor removal movie


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To install the fan baffle and processor:

  1. If the dust cover is installed, Rotate the processor release lever to the open position.
  2. Open the processor retainer. Remove the dust cover from the processor socket.
  3. Lift the processor up and carefully remove the protective cover.
  4. Use care not to touch the contacts on the processor as any contamination may damage them.
  5. Using the vacuum tool place the processor in position over the socket, using the slots on the processor and the keys in the socket for alignment.
  6. Close the processor retainer. Rotate processor release leaver to the locked position. Here is a closer look at the notches on the processor and the alignment arrow. Note when installing a new heat sink, you must remove the protective cover over the preapplied thermal layer. Do not add any additional thermal grease.
  7. Position the heat sink over the heat sink retention bracket using the beveled edge for alignment.
  8. Insert the bottom edge of the heat sink under the lip on the heat sink retention bracket and then rotate the top edge down until the heat sink is seated in the bracket.
  9. Rotate the heat sink release leaver to the locked position.
  10. Here is a closer look at the beveled edge on the heat sink and the lip on the heat sink retention bracket.
  11. Install the Fan baffle. Position the fan baffle using the tabs on the baffle and the cutouts in the chassis as a guide. Press down on the fan duct assembly until it locks into place. Note that when you replace a processor you must return the processor replacement tool along with the replaced processor in the packaging provided. The replaced heat sink should be disposed of locally.
  12. Install the side cover. Position the bottom of the cover over the edge of the chassis.
  13. Rotate the cover down while aligning the tabs on the cover with the slots in the chassis.
  14. Slide the cover forward until it is secured in place.
  15. Here is a closer look at the cover tab and a slot in the chassis.
  16. Return the system to its operational position.
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