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Thanks a lot for this guide! I used this guide to install new thermal paste. By far one of the more difficult operations i've done so far. My advise is to really take your time for this one and not rush anything at all. This model is now almost 10 years old but it still runs!
Sadly that is not possible. In order to remove the Heat Sink, you have to remove the Logic Board first. Also the speaker system and other parts are in between the Heat Sink and the Logic board, and you can't just pop the Heat Sink in with the Logic Board attached due to the port slots on the right side. To be honest with you, the fact that they reballed your board and shipped it with the Heat Sink attached, is very unusual? Especially for this model. It would work for other Logic Boards where the Heat Sink is actually screwed directly onto the Logic Board. If they assured you that it can be done, ask them to show you how to do it.
Many thanks for this very detailed and simple step by step guide! Just repaired my friends machine (dirt was stuck in the fan), runs now smooth again!
Many thanks for this awesome teardown!
Including the Backlight? That'd be crazy awesome!