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3 year old laptop computer with motherboard fan failure; can this be repaired?

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    Greg Wilkins May 11, 2010

    What kind is it? most computer repair shops could do that. I don't know what they would charge thats another thing.Does it heat up? Minde don't work either and it don't seem to effect it any.But today's computers probably get hotter. Mineis an old IBM notebood with a pentium lol. God Bless you Greg



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Yes, that is an easy repair, but it is better to have it done at a repair shop.

You can buy an heatsink at any repair shop for $10 or $20, and have it installed for $40 or so.

When you buy the heatsink you ask one for your CPU, not the computer mode. You ask for example an heatsink for pentium 4 2.2 Ghz., check what CPU is installed on your PC.

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The fan can be replaced, but it should be done by a tech as it requires experience in opening the case and installing the fan properly. don't try it yourself. the damage you can cause may be worse than the cost of a tech.

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