Here's some tips if your notebook is running hotter than Hades and your good
with computers and understand basic repair and basic thermal dynamics
and heat flow stuff. If you computer especially is mysteriously crashing
doing mundane tasks-and its got nothing to do with viruses or hacking.
Could save you a few hundred bucks or thousands if you follow these steps.
As our friends at Crucial have happily shown your main fan heatsinks and chipset heatsinks. Check for screws,fans and clips.
Heres what 'ol Numbskull did- (only for notebooks that are out
of warranty remember as repair technos get hot under the collar
when plebs especially the ones who think they know but don't...)
Send it back for warranty repair if part 1 fails you.
1. Clean the fans- This is the number 1 cause why notebooks cook
themselves (especially in a dusty environment or carpeted homes
or furry friends for pets) even when their brand new- A can of compressed air
to blast the crap out everything or a good fine horse-hair dusting brush or your
Mrs or girlfriends eye duster works to- just hope she does not notice!
if that does not work and its still cooking itself. Now take a deep breath
and get out some fine screwdrivers and be patient please as its easy to
break stuff if your too ham-fisted. Patience, patience and a gentle hand.
2. Dissassemble the back of your notebook- Now depending on how your
notebook is designed. This may engage some controversy here but I
have noticed some notebooks are easier to repair then others. Some
el-cheapo's are not fixable. You may notice such a notebook where
there are no screws and stuff is 'riverted' in or plastic 'melt' jobs
are used. If this is the case forget remember to buy a more reputable
brand next time around. Its ready to pollute the world in landfill.
Otherwise. If everything is going good and you can remove the bottom of the case
3. If you've got a good memory(or atleast think you do) ignore this step otherwise get out your
favourite camera and take photos of your dissemble so you can re-trace
your steps for later once you remove your computers back face. There
is usually one piece units to remove but some manufacturers are tricky
and make it a two or three piece job just to be smart.
4. Ok got the back face off? You should now see a wonderful computer
motherboard and all the goodies connected to it. There should
be some heatsinks around the cpu and fan area. Now if your
computer has dedicated graphics there is probably a heat sink
covering this too. Check now the fan unit and see if you can
ever so gently disconnect the fan unit connector and remove the
fan. Give it a good clean as shown in step 1.
5. Cleaning the fans internally usually does it otherwise you may be
faced with a serious dilemma. Your heat sink goo on your cpu,
chip set or graphics may have had it. You need to go down to
your favorite computer shop or online and find the highest
quality thermatic paste (the techo behind the counter should
know what your talking about here to fix it). Take out the
heatsinks by usually unscrewing them or they are held together by
clips. Remember to put all your screws in size order as they are
easy to loose or misplace. I use flyspray or kerosine to clean the
heatsinks to remove the heatsink paste. Make sure the crappy
old paste is removed as the new paste should be much better than
it. The higher rating of thermal dissapation on the paste the better.
6. Screw the heatsinks back on and fans and screw the back case back in.
Get out your cameras photos to re-trace your steps if you need it.
7. Give you notebook a good burl. It should run fine on a hot day now
and if it is'nt PM me. Its probably due to your chips have either overheated
and are permanently damaged or you need to make some 'engineering'
mods like some thin copper plates to add to your heatsinks so they
run much cooler