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As with any hardware on your laptop, the fan may stop working. Your laptop's fan serves as the dedicated cooling system for the CPU. If your CPU overheats it will cause severe damage to the motherboard. It may also cause electrical damage hardware devices nearby the CPU. Most HP laptops are designed with CPU fan located on the top side of the motherboard. There are a few HP laptops with the CPU fan located on the bottom side of the motherboard.

Shut down your laptop, and fold down the LCD screen. 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 Disconnect the AC power cable and any external devices. Place the laptop face down, and rotate the computer so the front opening is facing forward. Locate the battery pack in the upper right or left corner of the laptop. The location depends on your laptop model. Press on the battery's release button, and then lift the battery out of its compartment. Place the laptop face up and open the LCD screen all the way. Insert a flat-head screwdriver into the right side of the keyboard cover. The keyboard cover is a thin strip of plastic situated between the keyboard and LCD. Gently pry the cover from the laptop, and set it aside. Remove the Phillips-head screws located above the top row of keyboard keys. These screws secure the keyboard in place. Grasp the top edge of the keyboard, and then place the keyboard face down over the palm rest area. Disconnect the keyboard's large ribbon cable from the motherboard. Remove the keyboard from the laptop. Locate the small circuit board near the top of the laptop's upper casing above the keyboard compartment. Disconnect the cables from the circuit board. Remove the Phillips-head screws securing the circuit board in place. Close the LCD screen. Place the laptop vertically. Position the laptop with the back of the LCD hinges facing upward. Remove the single Phillips-head screw from the back of each LCD hinge. Place the laptop face up, and open the LCD screen until it is in the 180-degree position. Locate the LCD video cable extending from the left side of the LCD panel. Disconnect the cable from the motherboard. Remove the Phillips-head screws from each LCD hinge. Lift the LCD screen panel off of the laptop. Set it aside. Locate the CD/DVD drive inside the right section of the laptop's upper casing. Remove the Phillips-head screws securing the drive in place. Grasp the face of the drive and slide it out of its compartment. Place the laptop face down. Remove all remaining Phillips-head screws from the bottom casing of the laptop. This includes any screws inside the battery compartment, and on the back panel of the laptop. Flip the laptop over, and remove the remaining Phillips-head screws from the laptop's top casing. Locate the touchpad cable situated just above the touchpad area. Disconnect the cable from the motherboard. Remove the top casing from the laptop's base. Locate the CPU fan in the upper left corner of the motherboard. Remove the Phillips-head screws securing the fan to the motherboard. Disconnect the fan's power cable from its connector on the motherboard. Lift the cooling fan out of the laptop and set it aside. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcy0YSOmX4E How to Clean the Fans on HP DV4 - Overheating This might not be you laptop but it might give you some insight. Hope this helps.

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