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#1 huntsin2

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 04:26 PM

This is meant for user RolandJS, but if others would like to comment as well feel free to do so.

Have you ever replaced a laptop's internal fan?

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 04:36 PM

Yes, or at least kind of.  The fans in laptops are very often part of a whole cooling "unit".

 

Depending on the machine it can be a fairly straightforward affair or a nightmare.   These days, as design is headed almost entirely in the direction of "convenience of assembly" with no consideration of maintenance at all, it tends to be leaning more frequently toward the "nightmare" end.

 

I always hope that someone will have done this and posted a YouTube video of the process for the machine I'm being asked about or one of its close relatives.  I have used these to decide whether I'm willing to take on a job or not, and based not only on the difficulty but what that difficulty would mean in terms of customer cost in light of the age of the hardware itself.  It makes no sense, unless a client insists after being informed, to spend the money to repair an old laptop when the cost of a new one that will run rings around the old, coupled with data transfer from old to new, will likely be less or just the slightest bit more.


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 06:04 PM

This is the nightmare scenario.

 

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 06:09 PM

John,

 

        Yup.  And that's the style of the last one I replaced, which means it will be the last one I will likely replace.


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 11:20 AM

What I earlier mentioned was: getting an external usb-powered cooling assembly, whether one caged giant fan or caged twin fans, that the laptop sits on during operations.  Many high-end assemblies can take an AC-adapter.

Replacing a laptop's internal fan never crossed my mind, I'm too much of a wuse to try that.  :)

Each of my laptops have an external usb-powered cooling assembly -- which keeps the proc and HD from getting hot enough to do a sudden shutdown without warning.  Proc and HD might get quite warm, however, no more sudden shutdowns, especially during Acronis True Image backup sessions.  I've moved to Image for Windows and Macrium Reflect, and there too the cooling assemblies keep things from getting too hot.


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 04:30 PM

This is the nightmare scenario.
 
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:) This looks like the one in my Acer laptop.

The fan, I believe, sounds louder to me than it should; even without any major programs running. It is a 2012 model and still works pretty well, but my feeling is that it could stand to be replaced.

I thought it looked complicated, and after seeing this I'm thinking it probably isn't worth it.

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 04:35 PM

You guys basically answered my main question.

Thanks for your comments, and the picture.

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 05:00 PM

That's exactly what was in (and is in) my now ancient Acer laptop that has Windows XP on it that I keep only because there are a couple of automotive programs that have no later equivalents and I don't need web access to use them.

 

I believe, though I may be wrong, that I actually may have disassembled that assembly and replaced the fan itself and cleaned up the rest.  It's been a long time, and if you look there are screws around the enclosure that let you get into it.  What I do remember is that the effort involved to even strip things down to where I could get at this thing was outlandish.   I did it more as a "because I want to see if I can do it" exercise and now that I've proven that I can I know that I have nothing to prove ever again on that front!!

 

And that particular laptop ran *hot* from day one and there are untold thousands of posts out there (I looked way back when) complaining of failures secondary to overheating.  I don't know how mine has survived this long (probably 15 years now, maybe a bit more).  It certainly has not been kept assiduously clean nor always used (or ever used) on an external cooling apparatus!


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     . . . the presumption of innocence, while essential in the legal realm, does not mean the elimination of common sense outside it.  The willing suspension of disbelief has its limits, or should.

    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 





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