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Samsung P10 laptop: fan

The fan makes a heck of a noise, I think it needs replacing. How do I open the machine to get at the fan and see if it needs cleaning and/or replace it?

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  • richarddad Feb 27, 2008

    thanks, commanderzod

    the wd40 is a helpful idea but i do actually want to get inside the machine. i've been building and repairing pcs since '94 as a hobby and a free service to friends and am now trying to progress to laptops, starting with mine and my wife's

    laptops are a bit like macs - if you want to do anything the usermanual says "take it to a dealer". i like diy

  • richarddad Feb 27, 2008

    that's what i need, thankyou. i thought that there must be some screws under the rubber feet but didn't want to take them off just to see. however, as changing the hard disk was a shot in the dark for me but i managed to "feel my way" through it this should be fun.

    thanks again


  • richarddad Feb 28, 2008

    some kind person at samsung has sent me the part of the service manual to do with disassembling the laptop - scary but fun


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Do not attempt to open your laptop unless you are sure of what you are doing.
It will be held together with a number of small screws and clip together plastic.
very easy to break unless you are use to taking laptops apart.
You really need to find a local laptop repair shop and get a quote.
In the interim there a re a few things you can do.
Buy a can of compressed air and blow the vent with this. This will remove any build up of dust and small foreign objects. Also if you can see the fan a tiny squirt of WD40 on the fan may help.
BUT!!!! Make sure you do not soak any components in WD40 and be careful you don't get any liquid inside the laptop.
The best way do it is have the laptop held so that the vent is pointing down and squirt the WD40 upwards so any excess immediately drips away from the PC.
Please let me know how you get on.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008

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    Geoff Champion Feb 27, 2008

    Ok so here we go.

    Get a Small probably philips screw driver and a small flat blade screwdriver.

    You will need to pry of the rubber feet to get to some of the screws. Also you will need to remove a number of stickers as well.

    Once all the screws are out you will find the laptop is still reasonably solid.

    At this point you need to work out how the keyboard comes off some just pop out at this point others you will need to unsnap a plastic molding strip etc

    I have a small plastic tool similar to a knife which you now use to slide in between the plastic moldings to 'snap' them out.

    This is where you need to be careful of internal components and also scratching the casing.

    Once all unsnapped there may still be ribbon cables going from the main board to daughter boards so be careful. Try to draw a picture of where cables etc go to when unplugging most should come out reasonably easy.

    You should be able to access your fan now and hopefully it is a generic. Remove fan get replacement from local PC shop hopefully. replace and reverse what you did.

    Also take a look at this link as well.

    it is fr stripping down a Toshiba but pretty helpful to familiarize your self with the process and what you may find.

    I hope this is helpful to you.

    Please let me know how you get on and good luck.

  • Geoff Champion
    Geoff Champion Feb 28, 2008

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Glad I could be of assistance.

    Feel free to let me know if you have any issues and require any more help.


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