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How do I remove the Processor Fan to clean the dust in the heat sink

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  • ivanvalles Mar 15, 2008

    how do I remove the Processor Fan to clean the dust in the heat sink because the computer freeze after a few minutes of use.


  • ivanvalles Mar 16, 2008

    find the clips and unclip it
    thanks for the help



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Well, sometimes there are screws, sometimes there are clips. Unclip the clips, Unscrew the screws, and joy to the world.

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