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My laptop keeps overheating and shuts down, even when i take the battery out and keep it plugged in

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  • riz4781 Jan 07, 2009

    I have a HP Pavillion dv4000 model. it doesn't seem like it is the battery- possibly the fan. Is that something that is easily replacable and not too expensive? Thanks!

  • riz4781 Jan 07, 2009

    Thanks- i'll probably go with the cooling base. the link you gave me for that doesn't work. does it matter what model cooling base i get?



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The only thing you can really do to fix this is get a cooling stand that has fans to cool the bottom of your laptop. if you provide the kind of laptop you have (brand and model) i can help you to find one online. Or if you go to any computer parts store (fry's electronics in AZ) they should have pleanty available for all major brand of laptop pc's

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    Dan rogers Jan 07, 2009

    there is nothing easy about openig a laptop. I am an IT coordinator and it is VERY rare that i will ever try this. Besides that cooling fans are usually not replaceable in laptops. In their own nature these computers run hot. That is why they made the coolers. If you don't want to go that route you can try to use something to keep the laptop elevated so the underside of the computer can get airflow.

    Another thought, i'm sorry i didn't think of this earlier. You could try to get a can of compressed air (duster) and blow out any annd all vents. Notebooks normally have one or two internal fans hooked to a spider web looking heat sink. If the fans in the heat sink become clogged the computer will overheat.

    This link will take you to a site where you can find a cooling base.

    this is a site to get a fan:

    On page 5-24 there is an illustration to replace the fan. I don't know how easy this is going to be but you can try if you like.

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    Dan rogers Jan 07, 2009

    You should look for a cooling base that is specific to the computer you are running. The fans will be placed where they are needed the most and it should be big enough to hold the laptop you have. Please don't forget to rate the responses here on FixYa, we depend on it to see how we are doing in providing help for the "askers"



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