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Compaq Presario C500 cooling fan doesn't turn

The cooling fan is not turning and the computer shuts down after about 20 mins.  Where can I find a replacement part? I'm having trouble taking it apart, have all screws out but can't figure how to get it apart. Is there a repair manual for it? Battery needs replacement, but that's a different issue, I think. Thank you.

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I have the same model. Even though the link below is for the Presario C300, the disassembly is identical.

http://vsslfpro.zcce.compaq.com/plmcontent/NACSC/SML/results.htm?SID=3213865&MEID=B2B010DD-9183-475C-9A35-2116DA0AE0D9

just click on fan/heatsink assembly. All the steps that you need to do beforehand are on the left hand side. It's a lot of work, but worth it. Good luck!

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Try the link below. You will get step by step procedures

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I had a problem like this a while ago. It turned out the fan was stuck due to dust buildup. The computer was shutting off because it was overheating. Cleaning the fan solved the problem.

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Remove the screw found directly below the hard drive.


Turn the laptop over again and pop off the keyboard.

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Regular maintenance of your Compaq Presario laptop helps to keep the machine running properly.


Keeping the fans clean is especially important, because the fans blow out hot air and bring in fresh air to cool down the laptop.


Fans attract dust, however, which can slow them down, resulting in a hot laptop.

If the laptop overheats, vital parts can cease functioning altogether.


Consequently, keeping your laptop's fans clean is crucial.


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HP Presario C500 is a laptop that, like most other laptops, requires a clean, functioning fan in order to work properly.


If your fan is too full of dust to function properly or needs to be replaced because it is no longer working, then your computer could be in danger of overheating and crashing.


Instead of having to purchase a new laptop because your C500's fan has failed, remove it and clean the fan or replace it with a new one.


Turn off your computer and unplug all the cords and cables from it, even the power cable.


Turn the laptop over and remove the battery, then remove all the screws at the bottom of the computer with a Phillips-head screwdriver.


Remove the two face plates from the bottom of the computer and you'll see the hard drive and RAM below.

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Remove the two screws holding the hard drive in place and then lift the hard drive out.


Remove the screw found directly below the hard drive.


Turn the laptop over again and pop off the keyboard.

If all the screws at the bottom of the computer where removed, then the keyboard will come right out.


Remove all the screws underneath the keyboard and case and then lift the case enough to access the fan assembly in your HP Presario C500.


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