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Overheating i have a gateway w340a that over heats, is there pictures of how to take it apart to replace the cooling fan or hard drive

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  • dbarber54 Jul 29, 2009

    i have searched for days on how to take the laptop apart and cant seem to find anything that even resembles the lap, got any other suggestions, i hate taking computers in for repair,



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There are documents all over the internet that show you either specifically or marginally what to do. The bigger problem is whether or not this is actually the problem. Is the fan not working - the easiest test is to hold a flame about 6 inches from the fan exit to see if the fan is actually blowing. Now, if the fan is not working you can remove it and get the part number off it. However, has the bad fan allowed more damage to occur. In my shop I've found that a bad fan usually cases the CPU or video chip to also go bad. Support chips can also be the problem along with the hard drive. Good luck

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Follow this link for pictures and text explaining the next several steps.
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