Solved Is this a thermal compound/pad/nlock and should it be here?

October 9, 2014 at 14:21:11
Specs: Windows 8
Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to my post.

I am opening my sony vaio for the first time to clean out the dust. When I opened it I saw a piece of grey substance, my first guess is that it was a thermal compound. I think it was left in at the factory by accident? I've scoured the internet for pics of inside a sony vaio and have not found this block of clay in any other laptop. I'm almost sure it was by mistake but would like some experienced help with this before I throw it out. It has so much dust it would be nearly impossible to remove every piece of dust and lint from it.

What is it? Was it left in by mistake at the factory?

The measurements of the clay like structure is 4.5 x 1 x 1 cm

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October 10, 2014 at 18:57:16
A miscellaneous block of a possibly organic compound found concealed inside a laptop.
My suggestion would be don't smoke it. There would be no logical reason for such a thing to have been placed there by the manufacturer.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)



#1
October 9, 2014 at 14:24:40
Never seen anything similar. Looks like polystyrene packing but that wouldn't be clay like. Most likely fell in at the factory but see what others make of it.

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October 9, 2014 at 14:29:10
Thanks - it feels more like a hard putty... and it also feels cool to the touch which is why I was thinking something thermal based.

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October 9, 2014 at 19:30:36

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#4
October 9, 2014 at 21:10:52
Looks like it's stuck on the copper heatsink strip that's part of the cpu cooling assembly. You discovered it when you opened it up. So does the cover you removed rest against it when installed? It might just be a spacer to keep the heat of the copper away from the plastic cover.

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October 9, 2014 at 23:46:50
I tend to agree with Dave. Although I don't recall seeing a "clay" thing, I do recall seeing several different foam things (they were very dense) in a similar position. I'd leave it in place...not there by accident.

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#6
October 10, 2014 at 14:46:25
Hi RedBull, it could be important, for reasons suggested above.
I would NOT throw it away.

a) have you raised this matter with Sony Support?

b) in your photos, the block appears to be in different positions - if so, why?

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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#7
October 10, 2014 at 15:01:35
I'm with DAVE and Skip here too.

I think it belongs there although I haven't come across it before either.

The spacer, if not for thermal purposes, could act as an insulator for circuitry.

Have a look at the laptop chasis underside where the copper piping might sit directly beneath. Is there any circuitry or wiring there that the copper piping might come into contact with and short if the spacer wasn't present?

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#8
October 10, 2014 at 15:59:31
I found the courage to reassemble and turn on. The machine works great. It runs so quietly now. I am impressed and still a little concerned.

I have removed the "foreign object" and monitoring the temps closely. So far so good. I do believe it shouldn't be there. The very first photo you see in the link provided is the original position, the others positions were just to see if anyone had see if it fit in a different place. The outlines of the object were blocking a portion of one of the vents. This help me confirm that if it does belong it was at least in the wrong place.

Yes, I indeed have a ticket in to sony support. I really hope they respond. If they do, I will certainly respond with an update.


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#9
October 10, 2014 at 17:19:08
Thanks RedBullSugarfree.

Yes, please let us know what they made of it if they respond.

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October 10, 2014 at 18:57:16
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A miscellaneous block of a possibly organic compound found concealed inside a laptop.
My suggestion would be don't smoke it. There would be no logical reason for such a thing to have been placed there by the manufacturer.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#11
October 10, 2014 at 23:40:52
I guess there's no wires and a timer connected to it?

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