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How to Repair the Cooling System (Fan, Heatsink) of a Laptop or Notebook

Do you need to clean, change or fix the cooling fan of a laptop or notebook? Or are you looking for "improved" cooling techniques? Here are links to do-it-yourself instructions to recover from sudden shut down problems caused by thermal issues and to clean the ventilator and heatsink. If you have written a free guide yourself (or if you know of a tutorial not linked here), please submit a new entry.

Acer Aspire 1603 How to remove dust, which is blocking the air intakes and the fan, includes take apart pictures.
Acer Aspire 1642 This very detailed guide explains and illustrates how to access and replace the optical drive (CD), to clean the fan and upgrade the memory (RAM) [PDF].
Acer Aspire 3620 This particular laptop was shutting down by itself while running some intensive applications. The cooling module (heat sink and fan) was completely clogged with dust and needed a good cleaning. Unfortunately, in this model the cooling module is buried deep inside the laptop and it's necessary to take the whole thing apart in order to access it.
Acer Aspire 5100 This guide will explain how to take apart the laptop and exchange major components such as CD/DVD drive, memory, hard drive, wireless card, cooling fan and keyboard.
Acer TravelMate 740 How to clean the CPU fan, a disassembly picture gallery.
Advent 6520 Detailed instructions for the replacement of the hard drive. How to clean the fan to prevent overheating.
Advent 7055 This seems to be a common problem with laptops over a couple of years old. Dust gets trapped in the copper fins and the fan of the CPU heatsink and reduces the efficiency of the cooling, which results in regular power off's by the laptop as it gets over it's upper temperature setting. The fix is relatively easy, just remove the heatsink unit, blow it clean with compressed air, clean the old CPU heatsink paste off with isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and spray a thin film of heatsink paste on the CPU.
Apple PowerBook G3 Lombard Fixing a broken fan by putting it into a PCMCIA card.
ASUS A4740KBP The GPU gets really hot if you play games. The hotter it gets, the more cooling it needs. This is where the GPU/chipset fan kicks in, and wow, it sure is noisy! A simple solution is to take out your Dremel and file down the small net that covers the air tunnel. The fan stays off longer now, and air flow is much better.
ASUS Eee PC 1201n This guide shows how to remove the NetBook memory modules, keyboard, top cover, hard drive, cooling fan and CMOS battery.
ASUS myNote Fan surgery: replacing a dead fan with a new one.
ASUS R500V How to clean the fan of an overheating notebook, a disassembly guide with pics (in Italian).
ASUS Z71V (Z71A) Improving the cooling by adding some thermal paste to the heatpipe.
Averatec AV6200 Laptop deconstruction: this is a quick guide on taking apart the laptop almost completely. How to replace a broken RJ45 ethernet connector plug. Cleaning the heatsink and applying fresh thermal paste.
DELL Inspiron 5100 How to clean and replace the heatsink to fix a thermal problem which caused unexpected shutoffs.
DELL Inspiron 5160 How to take apart the case and replace a dead heat sink / fan (cooling unit).
DELL Inspiron 6400 (E1505) The purpose of this repair is removing and replacing the cooling fan which started making lots of noise. The fan is mounted inside of laptop case, so the whole machine has to be disassembled.
DELL Inspiron M1530 The cooling fan can be accessed from the door on the bottom of the laptop and the replacing or cleaning procedure takes only around ten minutes.
DELL Latitude D520 How to access the memory module installed into the internal slot under the keyboard. You can use this guide for substituting the keyboard as well.
DELL Latitude D600 The case of an overheated laptop: this guide explains how to fix a sudden shutdown and overheating problem by taking apart the laptop and removing the dust from the heatsink and fan.
DELL Latitude D600 The cooling fan in this model is buried deep inside the laptop under the top cover. You can use this guide for cleaning the cooling module and removing dust from the heat sink and fan. If your laptops shuts down on its own without any warning, most likely it happens because of overheating. Make sure the cooling fan works and the heat sink is not clogged with dust. Replace the fan if it failed or clean the heat sink if it is clogged.
DELL Latitude D620 This set of instructions will help you to remove and replace the laptop keyboard. After you have removed the keyboard, you will be able to access the memory module installed into the internal slot. And you will be able to clean the cooling fan and heatsink, too.
DELL Studio 1537 A complete step-by-step notebook tear down and basic troubleshooting techniques for: keyboard, memory, hard drive, cooling fan and heatsink.
DELL Vostro 1000 A complete disassembly guide, which explains how to clean the laptop fan from dust to fix overheating.
DELL SpeedStep 250N Solving laptop random shut downs. Scrape off all the crappy thermal strip material from the CPU fan and then clean it thoroughly so no sticky residue remained. Now cover the area on the CPU fan where it meets the CPU with thermal conductive paste from the local Radio Shack.
COMPAQ Armada 1750 Fan repair and RAM update.
COMPAQ TC1100 Major invasive operation: dissection and fan replacement.
ECS G900  [archived link] Opening the case and cleaning the fan.
Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook N series A tutorial for the reduction of temperature in your laptop. It involves three main steps and about $20 worth of material. This instructions will help especially if your laptop keeps shutting down unexpectedly. It explains how to determine that temperature is causing the problem actually. It shows how to take apart the beast, how to remove dust from the heatsink and the vent and how to applicate thermal compound to the processor.
HP 530 How to replace the top cover assembly to get access to one of a broken touch pad button. In order to replace the top cover you will have to disassemble the notebook completely and remove all internal parts including hard drive, keyboard, motherboard, cooling fan and other key components.
HP Pavilion DV 5T-1000 Taking apart the notebook in order to replace the noisy cooling fan which is mounted deep inside the case under the motherboard.
HP Pavilion DV6000 This laptop can be opened and disassembled very easily, this enables you (or your local computer repair shop) to perform a whole set of maintenance activities and to upgrade most parts without needing to send the laptop to some far authorized repair-center. This in depth arcicle contains pictures of all the disassembling process in order to replace its noisy faulty fan.
HP Pavilion DV 7T-1000 How to access both memory modules and hard disk drives, removal of most internal components, access and clean the cooling fan.
HP Pavilion DV 9700 Laptop cooling: it is the strangest thing that all laptops have the same design fault. If operated on the "lap", the needed cooling will be blocked off, it will overheat, and may even cause the battery to explode. Here's how to modify the machine so it will cool properly.
HP Pavilion N5190 Shared knowledge: a take apart picture gallery and disassembly guide. Cleaning the fan from dirt and remounting the CPU using thermal conductive paste. Upgrading the hard drive. Replacement of CD/DVD, LCD video driver board and BIOS battery. Fixing a broken power adapter jack.
HP Pavilion ZE 5400EA A complete disassembly with four objectives: clean fans and exhaust airways of dust to improve air flow and cooling - investigate poor wireless performance - investigate faulty power switch - investigate broken floppy drive.
HP Pavilion ZV 5000 Cleaning Your Laptop Cooling System: this laptop uses two heat pipes with heat sinks and two fans to cool the processor. Through use, those heat sinks and pipes it collects quite a bit of dust reducing the machine's cooling capacity.
HP/COMPAQ 6515b This guide explains how to remove the keyboard and clean the cooling fan.
HP/COMPAQ 6730s/6735s How to remove the cooling fan which is mounted under the motherboard. Basically you need to take the whole notebook apart and remove all internal components one by one. Why wouldn't the manufacturer make a door for the cooling fan? Why should it be so complicated to replace the cooling fan?
HP/COMPAQ NC6320 This guide explains how to remove and replace the display panel from. Also you can use this guide for: replacing or upgrading the memory module installed in the internal memory slot, removing and replacing the keyboard, removing and replacing the cooling fan, cleaning the heat sink, removing and replacing the CMOS (RTC) battery.
IBM ThinkPad R50 Revitalizing an aging notebook on the cheap: this tutorial will show you how to clean the notebook up, replace its slow and overloaded hard disk drive, install extra memory, replace the keyboard, and gave it a software tune up.
IBM ThinkPad R50p  [archived link] Investigation of a broken fan behaviour (in German).
IBM ThinkPad T4x Let's say you turn the notebook on but all you get is a black screen with a "Fan error" message. What could be wrong?
IBM ThinkPad T43 This guide explains how to replace the cooling fan assembly, this laptop was starting up with a Fan Error message indicating the cooling fan failure. Also you can use this guide for removing and replacing the keyboard and hidden RAM module.
IBM ThinkPad T43p How to reduce fan noise: a homemade cooling system (not very professional but it works) using arctic silver and an aluminium plate for the northbridge, which bounds both chipsets to the copper cooling system by using aluminium sheets (like for cooking).
IBM ThinkPad T43p A cooling system: this notebook has a real problem with the fan noise and cooling in general. The fan needs to be always on as the cooling system is not very sophisticated. Here is a description of the cooling system improvements using some small cooper sheets (0.7mm thick).
IBM ThinkPad T61 This post explains how to replace a noisy or failed laptop cooling fan, the cooling fan is a part of the heat sink assembly, so if the cooling fan fails, the whole heat sink assembly has to be replaced.
IBM ThinkPad X31 Elective Thinkpad surgery: how to replace a broken fan.
MaxData Eco 4000A This tutorial covers upgrading components and parts of the laptop and details of the technical process involved in installing them. It details several upgrades: 1. RAM: 1GB DDR 400 (PC3200) in 2x512 2. CPU: AMD Sempron 3100+ (1.8ghz) 3. Internal Wireless 4. Internal Bluetooth 5. Hard Drive: 60GB 7200RPM with 8MB cache 6. Optical Drive: QSI DVD+-RW SDW-082S 7. Heatsinks and Cooling.
Medion MD5400 Cleaning the cooling fan. Jumper settings to reduce the CPU core voltage, to gain longer battery uptime (in German).
Samsung X10 A short guide to notebook fan cleaning (in German).
Samsung X20 Take apart and fan cleaning thread with dissection pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-F807K  [archived link] Cleaning/replacing the cooling fan.
Sony VAIO PCG-GRT100 Cleaning the fan cooler. A short tutorial with take apart pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-GRT260G How to clean the dust from an overheating notebook. The ductwork and heat sinks of this machine are easily clogged with dust, which severely limits its efficiency. It leads to very noisy fan levels, ultimately resulting in spontaneous shutdowns as the internal temperatures begin to exceed critical levels. Before cleaning, the fan would run continuously one step below full speed. After removing the dust, it is barely audible.
Sony VAIO PCG-GRZ630 How to disassembly the notebook and clean the cooling system to avoid overheating.
Sony VAIO VGN-FS315E Like many VAIOs, this one overheated rapidly, often cutting out when it got too hot. These are the steps to clean the fans to prevent overheating.
Sotec 3120  [archived link] Fan noise repair instructions [PPS].
Toshiba Portege A100 How to remove the system board and replace CPU fan.
Toshiba Portege A600/A605 In order to access the cooling fan you have to remove the bottom cover. This guide also explains how to access the laptop memory, DVD drive, hard drive, wireless card, audio board, SC card reader, CMOS battery and power jack.
Toshiba Portege M400 Fan hack: how to solve the fan noise issue by removing the fan.
Toshiba Portege M700 This guide will assist you in taking apart and removing all internal parts from the Tablet PC. Major tasks you can accomplish using this guide are: replace laptop keyboard, replace or upgrade the memory module in the internal slot, clean the cooling fan and heat sink, replace cooling fan, replace laptop motherboard and processor. Start taking apart the laptop by removing the keyboard and use a sharp object to lift up the right side of the plastic bezel located under the keyboard.
Toshiba Qosmio F40/F45 This guide explains how to remove all major parts from this laptop to replace sparte parts like keyboard removal, display, hard drives, memory, CD/DVD drive, motherboard, video card and cooling.
Toshiba Qosmio G25 Opening up the notebook case and replace cooling fans. This guide also explains how to access the wireless card, TV tuner and DVD drive.
Toshiba Qosmio X305 This guide will explain the complete disassembly of the laptop. So you can use this guide for replacing the keyboard, video card, cooling fans, motherboard, hard disk drive, memory, optical drive and other internal parts.
Toshiba Satellite 1955-S805 Cleaning guide for the CPU heatsink, or how to get rid of a common shutdown problem.
Toshiba Satellite 2410 This tutorial describes all the tricks you need to know to get the laptop fan replaced, complete with disassembly pictures (in German).
Toshiba Satellite A35 If your laptop works fine for 10-15 minutes and then suddenly shuts down without any reason, most likely it experiences an overheating problem. Follow these steps to remove and clean the CPU cooling fan/heatsink and fix an overheating problem.
Toshiba Satellite A60 How to clean a dust-ridden heatsink, to cure a laptop which was overheating and turning itself off.
Toshiba Satellite A105 A guide to disassembling an overheating laptop and removing dust from the processor heat sink.
Toshiba Satellite P10 Cleaning the heatsink from dust prevents the laptop to overheat and to shutdown at random. This cures some fan noise, too (in German).
Toshiba Satellite P30 Adventures in computer maintenance: how to take apart the notebook and remove dust from the fan and cooling module.
Toshiba Satellite P305D This laptop overheated and shut off while running a game, apparently, the heat sink got clogged with dust and needed a good cleaning.
Toshiba Satellite X205 How to take apart the laptop and remove the motherboard. You can use this guide to remove the VGA board and clean fans and heat sinks.
Toshiba Tecra M7 This manual shows how to access and remove all internal parts of the Tablet PC. This includes the keyboard removal and replacement procedure, the CD/DVD drive removal procedure, replaclement of both memory modules and the cooling fan.
Toshiba Tecra S1 This guide explains how to remove the system board from the notebook. It will also illustrate how you can disassemble the notebook and remove, replace or clean the following parts: battery, hard drive, modem card, memory module, Wi-Fi card, CPU, heatsink, fan, keyboard, touchpad, dvd-rom, top cover, display assembly, speakers.
Toshiba Tecra S1 This guide explains how to replace the cooling fan in the laptop. The fan is a part of the cooling assembly, it's permanently attached to the heatsink. If the cooling fan in your machine starts makin noise, you'll have to replace the entire cooling assembly.
N.N. Picture gallery demonstrating how a ball of dust bins has blocked the laptop fan (in German).

Coolers and Watercooling for Laptops

DIY Laptop Cooler A plexiglass constructed notebook cooler equiped with spiffy lighted fans for some trippy late night surfing/gaming safari's.
The Waldic Introducing the Waldic (water & air laptop direct input cooler). This device is a dual mode home made laptop cooler. It was made for the purpose of watching movies without being disturbed by the annoying fan.
Heat Extractor Want your own customized heat extractor? So what is this heat extractor really? Well it's a device designed to make your laptop cool - in every meaning of the word. It will also make the fan obsolete and therefore completely silent.

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