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M17x R2 Fan Modding

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Jester504, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Jester504

    Jester504 Notebook Guru

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    My M17x R2 fans have been replaced once already due to grinding noise. Now the right-side GPU fan is making the same noise again, but this time my warranty is out.

    The phone rep quoted me an absolutely ridiculous price of $70+ per fan if I wanted to buy replacements. One more year of warranty was $350+. If you ask me, I think there's got to be a cheaper way to fix an issue with what are really very cheap, simple parts.

    Tell me if I'm crazy: why not just get some high-speed desktop fans and cannibalize them? Take out the motor/fan parts and stick 'em in the M17x's plastic fan casings? Cheaper parts (maybe $10 per fan) and higher RPM's. Has anyone done this before?
     
  2. TurbodTalon

    TurbodTalon Notebook Virtuoso

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    That would definitely be a project. If you could get a higher CFM fan to fit in there and run off of the same power requirement, you could probably make some cash from a lot of the forum members around here. I know I would be very interested.
     
  3. rbf351

    rbf351 Notebook Enthusiast

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    already went though the same issue with the fans. sadly there is no real option other than to get the fans from ebay or dell. ebay usually costs a few bucks less
     
  4. CptXabaras

    CptXabaras Notebook Deity

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    You should look after some videocard fan if you intend to do a mod like this. The common Desktop fan doesn't have the proper blade design to work with a laptop heatsink system.
     
  5. TurbodTalon

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    This is also true. The fan blades are more like paddles, and have no curvature to them.
     

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