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Cleaning My Laptop's CPU Fan?

dennis96411

Member
I've had the laptop for a year now [Satellite A505-S6033], and the fan just got stuffed up. The laptop idled at 90 degrees CELCIUS [I checked using SpeedFan], and I couldn't feel any air flow, AND, I was using a cooling pad, so obviously it was stuffed up. Should I take it apart and clean it [I don't know if this voids my warranty though]? Or just use a spray can? Although I heard using a spray can can damage the computer as it will just push the dust further in.
 

FrozenIpaq

Justin B / Supp. Editor
Enforcer Team
A spray can will most likely push the dust in further. Since your laptop is a year old now, the warranty is most likely expired unless you got an extended warranty. Each laptop has a different way of telling if the warranty was broken but I think it'd be safe to assume that taking the machine apart will void the warranty. However 90C IDLE is unacceptable and very dangerous. I highly recommend taking it apart and cleaning the chasis fans. Hopefully that alone will fix the problem, I've had to do it a few times myself
 

dennis96411

Member
LOL I kind of have no idea how to take apart my laptop, but I guess I can dig around the web.
 

FrozenIpaq

Justin B / Supp. Editor
Enforcer Team
LOL I kind of have no idea how to take apart my laptop, but I guess I can dig around the web.
It's simple: take out the screws one by one and pry it open...well that's how it generally works. It's relatively easy to take apart a laptop, just be careful about the keyboard
 

Adiuvo

Active Member
The fans are generally on the very exterior of a laptop and to clean them you won't have to take it apart much further than the external chassis and maybe a type of retention bracket.
 
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