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Fan replacement Hi my T42 recently came up with a fan error so as it's so old I decided to try and fix it myself...looked realatively easy on the youtube clip I watched but its all proving more tricky than I had hoped! To start with I haven't managed to extract the old one(with keyboard and palm rest removed} despite removing every screw I can find - it still wont budge Any suggestions? Secondly I ordered what I thought was the right replacement part via ebay (listed as a T42 fan) but now it's arrived I can see its not the same. The existing (dead) one is much longer than the one that's just arrived. My question is will the short one work inplace of the original long fan? (I've just done a search on ebay for the longer version and they are significantly more expensive so I'm hoping the answer is positive). PS I'm a TOTAL novice so please use non-computer lingo if possible, cheers. J Fletcher

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  • Janet Fletcher Feb 08, 2012

    Many thanks for your comments
    unfortunately I've now caused a bigger problem and the whole thing seems lifeless.
    Think I may have blown a fuse or killed it totally (I reconnected the keyboard with the power on, as it powered up the keyboard slipped and I guess came in contact with the TP innerds and now it doesn''t work at all, not even a power light!
    I'm kicking myself...I can't afford to replace it...should just have taken it to a computer shop in the first place and no doubt been ripped off. Do you think there's anyway of fixing it now?


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It could just be stuck with the heatsink past underneath the assembly.
It sits on top of the processor and they can stick quite tight.
Try and ease/slide it left and right a few times rather than pull it straight off.

A shorter one probably wont do the job as well as the larger one.
The size of heatsink required to remove the heat correctly is caluclated during the design.

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