Installation Instructions for a Thermaltake Volcano II Socket A Cooler
Contributed by Brian Waltrip
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Step-1 Preparing the Cooler:
When you take the Volcano II out of the box you will notice that there is a small amount of thermal interface material on the bottom. This material will help to conduct heat away from the CPU and to the cooler. Before you can install the cooler you must check the bottom of the cooler, and remove any foreign objects that may be there. Do this by brushing it with a smooth, clean cloth.
Step-2 Preparing the Motherboard:
To properly install the cooler your motherboard needs to be on a flat hard surface. A good way to do this is to mount your motherboard in the computer case and then proceed with installing the cooler. Before installation you should put the Volcano II cooler up to the CPU socket. This is to make sure that the cooler will fit your particular motherboard.
Step-3 Mounting the Volcano II Cooler:
Take the cooler in your hand, holding it from the top. Place the cooler on to the socket. Use your finger to press the clip onto the slug of the socket. The slugs are the small knots on either side of the socket. Insert a flat head screwdriver into the notch on the other side of the metal clip. Push down on the clip with the screwdriver until the hole on the clip snaps into place, over the slug. *Note-When installing any cooler, do not apply force to the cooler itself. Only apply force to the metal clip. Applying force to the cooler itself could cause you to crush the CPU die.
Step-4 Connecting Power to the Fan:
Connecting power to the fan of the Volcano II is very simple. Take the power cord and attach it to the three-pin fan header that is near the socket. If you are not sure which one it is, please, consult your
Make sure that the Volcano II is mounted flatly on the CPU. If the cooler is not on straight then it will not work properly. Make sure the Volcano II is mounted tight to the CPU. This way the cooler is making good contact with the CPU. Make sure that the Volcano II itself is not touching anything else besides the CPU. If it is touching any of the capacitor could ruin your motherboard. Also, make sure the fan is connected and is working.
Be careful, not to press too hard when mounting the cooler. You can also use your finger to apply force to the cooler clip if you don't feel comfortable using a screwdriver. Work on a clean, flat surface with plenty of light.
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