Can you replace the fan on a laptop?

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    Sep 07, 2011 9:16 PM GMT
    My personal laptop just develop this loud buzzing noise coming from the cooling fan. Is there a way to replace it without involving tech support?

    Thanks in advance guys!
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    Sep 07, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    Fans are usually very easily accessible, because they do periodically have to be vacuumed out. The first thing to do is open the panel over the fan and thoroughly clean the fan and heatsink with a vacuum. The problem could just be some debris causing the fan to become unbalanced. If that doesn't fix it, start Googling your computer make/model and fan replacement to see if someone carries parts. Also check the manufacturer's website.
  • RHUK

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    Sep 07, 2011 11:13 PM GMT
    My housemate did this last year to his laptop on the kitchen table and he turned into a total screw nazi, the whole bloody thing was all over the place and no one could eat at the table and when he finally patched it together he was missing about half the screws anyway.

    Id say it wasn't worth the effort unless you kinda know what youre doing
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    Sep 08, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    Thank you for your help guys. I really appreciate this.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 08, 2011 2:08 AM GMT
    I really depends on the model that you're working with whether or not it's going to be easy. The newest macbooks are a cinch as it's right under the bottom panel. I've had a Dell Inspiron in about 20 parts to do the same thing. Definitely possible though.

    Good luck! Check newegg for fans.
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    Sep 08, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    Ravco saidI really depends on the model that you're working with whether or not it's going to be easy. The newest macbooks are a cinch as it's right under the bottom panel. I've had a Dell Inspiron in about 20 parts to do the same thing. Definitely possible though.

    Good luck! Check newegg for fans.


    it's an HP Pavillion DV9000.

    Oh yeah! Newegg. I forgot about them. Thanks for the tip.
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    Sep 08, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    Kinda doubt newegg would have your specific fan. Go to the HP website, and look for the service manual for your laptop. Then look for the part number for your fan. Search for it on the HP website and you should be set. Also, search ebay for the part number. You might find it cheaper.
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    Sep 08, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    xrichx saidKinda doubt newegg would have your specific fan. Go to the HP website, and look for the service manual for your laptop. Then look for the part number for your fan. Search for it on the HP website and you should be set. Also, search ebay for the part number. You might find it cheaper.


    Good call!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-HP-DV9000-DV9200-DV9700-CPU-FAN-KDB05605HB-6C14-/270714326065
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    Sep 08, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    HP and Dell are pretty ubiquitous in the corporate and government sectors. Spare parts are readily available everywhere. There's practically a separate industry that only deals with HP parts and repair. I dunno if that's a good thing or bad thing come to think of it. icon_lol.gif
  • hawkeye7

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    Sep 08, 2011 11:04 AM GMT
    Thanks guys, mine is really getting loud and I can't afford to have adown computer right now.
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    Sep 08, 2011 11:57 AM GMT
    Ravco said
    xrichx saidKinda doubt newegg would have your specific fan. Go to the HP website, and look for the service manual for your laptop. Then look for the part number for your fan. Search for it on the HP website and you should be set. Also, search ebay for the part number. You might find it cheaper.


    Good call!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-HP-DV9000-DV9200-DV9700-CPU-FAN-KDB05605HB-6C14-/270714326065



    This is great! thanks for the link. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 08, 2011 12:01 PM GMT
    xrichx saidKinda doubt newegg would have your specific fan. Go to the HP website, and look for the service manual for your laptop. Then look for the part number for your fan. Search for it on the HP website and you should be set. Also, search ebay for the part number. You might find it cheaper.


    I'd try this but their website is super complicated to search for parts alone so I gave them a call (to their service dept.) and they told me flat out "No" from what I could understood the internal parts are not sold directly to end-consumers. If I needed a new fan I would had to send it in for replacement.
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    Sep 08, 2011 12:06 PM GMT
    RHUK said ....missing half the screws anyway....



    I've never worked on a laptop, but have my desktop. But as a mechanic, let me tell you the only time I ever worried about a job coming back for further repairs to my repair was when there were NO bolts or screws left over.
    Yes, that doesn't make sense, but after 20 years in the business I've found that is just how it works out!icon_wink.gif