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Toshiba Satellite A135 -- how to clean fan?

My laptop is about a year and a half old, and air no longer comes out the vent for the CPU fan, so I guess it's time to open it up and clean out the lint.

I read on the web that some Satellites have a cover you can remove to clean the CPU fan, but with the A135, the fan is behind the plastic cover that covers the entire bottom of the laptop. Can I just remove this bottom cover? Or do I have to do a complete disassembly starting with the keyboard, etc?

If you have experience with this model, please let me know what I need to do! Thanks in advance.

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  • jiminminn Nov 05, 2008

    Thanks, bubles134. Sounds like it should work, but I don't have a vacuum cleaner (hoover) to **** the dust out.

    I would rather open it up to clean the lint out, and am not afraid to remove screws, etc. What I really want to know is, can I simply remove the bottom cover? Is it as simple as that? Or is there a long procedure to follow, to eventually get at the fan?

  • jawx Jan 02, 2009

    I have the same sort of problem with my Toshiba A135-S4427. I blew out the dust in October, but now the fan is "grinding" loudly and I'm concerned that the bearings are going. I found the instructions for step-by-step disassembly of the A135 (www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/toshiba-satellite-a135/remove-mainboard-1.htm), but I can't find the fan. It will take 2 or 3 hours to get to the fan and replace it, but you must remove the motherboard and disconnect all of the components and the screen. I wonder if jiminminn's fan has the same "grinding" noise in the A135. The difficulty in finding a fan suggests that it is unlikely to fail--and I never had one fail before! Still, I don't want to have the fan fail completely and overheat the CPU!

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Go to a good tv repair or camera shop and buy a can of air...pray in the air inlet vent and have your hoover need the air outlet...shoud work...try both ways

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  • bubbles134 Nov 05, 2008

    It is that simple in most cases. On most laptops the screws on the bottom that are for holding the machine together usually are marked with an arrow (not always). Do it slowly and maybe even map out which screws came from which hole. They may be different lengths. It will help when putting it back together.

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Toshiba A135-S4527 starts to power up then shuts down.


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A faulty fan causes the problem or the fan and heat sink assembly are cloggedwith dust.
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The MOST common problem with laptop (CPU) over-heating is caused by DUST/LINT...




That would be normal, as the variable speed fan comes on only when the computer is under load.

What is not normal is that the fan is not coming on when the computer overheats.Or that the fan is not cooling enough when computer is overheating.

Monitor computer temperature using a software, check if Fan is coming up when temperature gets critical.

If fan comes up but does not cool enough, then replace the fan, it is not efficient anymore because of a bad bearing or dust. ~Also ensure that fan is well mounted, if fan has poor contact with CPU surface , cooling will be poor.

If fan does not come up, and critical temp is not detected, then the sensor on motherboard is bad, this is very uncommon. When this happens the problem is usually related to system or power settiings , rather than overheating.

If fan does not come up and temp is critical, then fan is faulty, replace it.

There are also more than one fan on many laptops, check that one of the fans (CPU fan, video fan) is not completely ded, and therefore cause for the problem.

By using the software below you can also find out if the problem is really overheating. If temperature results within normal range, then usually it is not overheating.In that case test systtem and check power saving settings.

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This is one of the most common problems with Toshiba laptops we deal with.
Indications of laptop overheating problem:
  1. The keyboard and the bottom of your laptop are very hot when the laptop is working.
  2. The CPU fans are working all the time at maximum rotation speed and operate much louder than before.
  3. The laptop suddenly shuts down by itself without warning. When it just started, the laptop was shutting down after 1-2 hours and how it shuts down after 5-10 minutes of operation.
  4. The laptop works fine when it runs idle, but shuts down as soon as you start using any memory demanding applications (DVD player, image editing software, video editing software, etc.).

Solution:
If the CPU heatsink is not clogged with dust and lint completely, you can use canned air and just blow it inside the laptop through the openings on the bottom and on the sides. It’s nice as a precaution measure, but it might not work if your laptop already has a problem and the heatsink is completely clogged.
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  2. Carefully disconnect the fan cables on the system board and remove the fan. If the fan makes unusual sound when it spins (grinding sound), I would recommend to replace the fan.
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A faulty fan causes this problem or the fan and heat sink assembly are cloggedwith dust.
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