My computer fan has been SUPER loud for the past couple months and I need a new one. Where would be the best place to buy one? I dont have a very big budget... the computer is a compaq presario c500 laptop
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WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL. http://www.kitchentablecomputers.com/static.php - rules Only work inside the computer case when the power has been switched off and disconnected. Never open the power source. Some of the below steps recommend removing physical parts within the computer. While in the computer it is highly recommend that you be aware of ESD and its potential hazards Laptop fans are designed to keep the system cool by removing heat from the hard drive, processor and other internal hardware components. The fan draws cool air in, then blows hot air out through vents in the laptop case. A faulty laptop fan can cause permanent damage to occur very quickly. If a laptop fan starts making loud noises or stops blowing hot air through the vents, replace it as soon as possible.
Turn the laptop off and unplug it. Unplug or disconnect any external drives or other devices. Move the main battery latch to the "Unlock" position and remove the battery pack. Push in on the optical drive release mechanism, then pull the CD/DVD drive out of the case. Remove the screw(s) that hold the hard drive sled in place, then pull the entire hard-drive assembly out of the case slot. Turn the laptop over. Remove the screws on the bottom that hold the keyboard assembly in place. Flip the laptop over then open it. Lift the front of the keyboard up about 1 to 2 inches. Unplug the flexible ribbon cable that connects the keyboard to the motherboard, then pull the keyboard assembly away from the bezel. Lay the keyboard aside. Unplug the laptop fan. Remove the screws that hold the heat sink/fan assembly in place, then remove the fan from the laptop. Check you CPU central processing unit make sure its securely seated and has thermal paste it might be getting to hot the thermal paste will help disperse the heat Thermal compound is a sticky paste that is placed directly onto the CPU. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermal-Compound-Roundup-February-2012/1490 Allowing for a more direct heat transfer between the CPU and HEAT SINK and preventing air gaps from forming between the CPU and heat sink. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwr3vxSErs0How to fix an overheating laptop : Clean your fans and heatsync with this procedurehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXd09C0p-CcHow to clean a laptop fan
These might not be your particular laptop it might give you some insight on how to fix the problem
Chances are you have dirt buildup, get a can of compressed air, attach straw and give the cooling fan a few good blasts, blow out open ports. If no change, the laptop must be dismantled down to the motherboard level to do a complete cleaning and the cooling fan may need to be changed, the old thermal paste will need to be removed and fresh applied. Go to www.ebay.com Type: make and model of laptop, refine search to cooling fan.
Yes, the fan can be definitely be replaced. You can actually get a replacement fan for your computer at The Laptop Fan Shop online for about $22. The process of changing a fan is quite simple, so you should be able to do it yourself to save on labor. Although, if your computer is still under warranty you should contact dell directly at 1-877-694-3591 to see if they can replace it for you for free.
You'd better open up the laptop and do a thorough cleanup, and do the cleanup each 3 months. While you're at it, get a lubricant for cleaning up and degreasing electronic contacts and spray a bit of it in the electric motor of the fan. These cans are cheap and you can probably find it in your local supermarket or electronic repair shop. This buzzing noise may be caused by a dust clog, or a dried out spindle axis. The thorough cleanup and lubrication will help. I've done this countless times on many laptop models. The other option is buying a new fan, which can sometimes cost up to $50, so better do the cleanup. Its free :)
if your computer is still under warranty take it in if not you might have to buy a cooling dock or buy a fan and swap the old one in for anew one personally i would not do it my self if i didn't know haw to work it but take it in to a best buy and they will fix it for like twenty or thirty dollars
Not sure of a user cause for the fan to run full speed, unless you are using the laptop in a high heat environment, or setting it on a bed or other area where it is not getting adequet cooling air. If it does it right away, when you turn it on , cold, then there might be a laptop hardware problem. If you leave your laptop on all the time, then you might be inducing the problem. I had a HP high performance laptop, that the fans would not turn on at all till it ran an hour or so, then they would stay on loud for 10 or 15 minutes, then shut off, then cycle.
Hi, Fans are usually noisy due to a build up of dust that's collected on the fan blades. The best way to clean them is to get a can of compressed air and give short blasts through the air vents, also turn the laptop upside down and give a couple of blasts the CPU fan grill. Alternatively you can get a clean, stiff paintbrush to clean the fan blades and blow through the air vents to remove any dust. The laptop won't get as hot or noisy if you clean the air vents and CPU fan blades regularly.