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I need to replace the cooling fan and heatsink on my Gateway ML6720. I'm having trouble finding the part. If I can find it, can you tell me how to replace it?
The best thing you can do is replace the fan itself with a like kind of shape and size. I usually do this by going to a computer store with the old fan and matching it up with the ones they have in stock, or measure the size in milimeters and buy one on line. The fan is held on by 4 screws and it is much easier than trying to remove the heat-sink and take the chance of damaging the motherboard. You can just screw the new fan to the old heat-sink and you are done, plug it in and insure the fan is blowing in the right direction and you are done. Good Luck, RAC
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
One almost never has to replace the heatsink. The fan typically is screwed or clipped to the heatsink and can be removed and replaced by itself. The fan is a generic part available anywhere, just get one the same diameter. If you take your fan and heatsink with you the odds are good someone at the place you buy it can put the new one on in a few seconds. The tricky part is removing the heatsink from the motherboard, sometimes those clips are very difficult to remove without the right tools.
If you can post a picture of your fan & heatsink I can tell you exactly how to replace it.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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