Cleaning the Laptop Fans/Vents Without Disasembling The Laptop?

Discussion in 'Notebook Cosmetic Modifications and Custom Builds' started by Steven, Nov 10, 2012.

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  1. Syndrome

    Syndrome Torque Matters

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    The new dell latitudes you can take the back cover off and access the whole under side of the mobo basically. You can replace the fan just by removing the 'user-removable' panel.
     
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    MasterRevan Notebook Consultant

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    That's why I try to stay away from those laptops.
     
  3. JOSEA

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    Steven, Depending on what model you have a procedure like this (with canned air or a hair dryer set to cool) How I fixed my G73 overheating problem! - YouTube should help. I have done my G73 monthly for ~2 year and my temps are the same as when it was new.
     
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    great white Notebook Enthusiast

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    This is a question that depends on your particular laptop.

    For instance; my old toshiba P30 responds to blowing air back through the cooling fins. But it's temporary at best. I have to open it up, remove the fans and then I can extract the lint ball that accumulates on the cooling fins.

    It's this "lint block" that thermals my laptop. Only way to get it out is to open it up and brush it out.

    Some have had luck with putting a shop vac over the fan intake, turning it on and then blowing compressed air in the exhaust vent. If you're lucky, the vac pulls out anything that you dislodge.

    Personally, I prefer to disassemble the unit and KNOW it's cleaned out. lasts a couple years before I need to do it again.

    It might be worth paying the 30-50 bucks to have it cleaned properly at a service center if you're not comfortable doing any of this.....
     
  5. Prostar Computer

    Prostar Computer Company Representative

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    The compressed air cans work well; especially if you're not going to take the laptop apart to clean it, as you can focus the air using the supplied straw attachment and get inside the vents (sometimes you need to flatten the end of the straw a bit, depending on how wide the vent openings are).

    It really is more efficient to go the route great white suggested, though. A shop vacuum and a can of compressed air will not always get anything caked onto the fan blades.
     
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    ... a hoover?
     
  7. Crimsoned

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    It's been done, most of the Lifebook Fujitsu's I've owned or worked on have had a removable tab between the fan, and exhaust fins precisely to make maintenance easy.
    Only one laptop had a small filter to catch the dirt, it was Fujitsu. I suspect this hasn't been used again for obvious reason of a clog.

    I know another laptop manufacturer used it for one laptop but I cannot recall if it was a Dell, Samsung, or a Sony business laptop.
     
  8. Datamonger

    Datamonger Notebook Evangelist

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    It all depends on what kind of computer you have. Some Dells are designed so you can remove the whole heatsink after unscrewing five or six screws. I know with my MacBook Pro, I simply take off the bottom cover and blow out the fans/heatsink fins.
     
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    regardless of everything you do, you cannot effectively clean the fans without taking them apart. you might try everything but if later you take them out they'll still have some dust. how much dust left depends on the notebook model and methods used. imo it's much easier to take it out.
    just don't buy those cheap usb vacuums, they are worthless, very low power.
     
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