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    Default How to go about cleaning a fan that's spinning slowly.

    I have an XPS M1710 (about 5-6 years now, I think). Every now and then I open it up and clean out the vents and the temperatures are fine. This time though I realised that both of the fans are not up to speed. I'm using i8k, the larger fan is about 1928 RPM, and the smaller one about 2400 RPM (both maxed out). Usually they should about 4000 and 3000 (or 3500, can't remember) respectively. I'm guessing the fans themselves need cleaning and not just the vents.

    Is is possible to do so (and if so, how?) or do I need to replace them with new ones? Don't just want to buy a new laptop yet (even though I'm a bit overdue), and the replacement fans are close to $35 each ... not too keen on that either.

    Didn't post this in the XPS section as it's more of a general question, but feel free to move it anyway.

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    Default Re: How to go about cleaning a fan that's spinning slowly.

    Just removed them again (about the fourth time within two days), and oiled them this time. Pretty good results so far (4013 and 2810 RPM).

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    Default Re: How to go about cleaning a fan that's spinning slowly.

    I dont think it will last that long. I wud just spent the $35 than have the mobo fried and having the XPS running at throttled speed. Over time your time will worth more that the 35 that you wud have spent to replace the fan. 5-6 years is a long time for a bearing set so tiny! Just my 2 cents.

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    Default Re: How to go about cleaning a fan that's spinning slowly.

    If that's the case, then I suppose I'll reconsider getting a new laptop. Thanks for the advice :thup:

 

 

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