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ThinkPad R32 Overheating

My Thinkpad overheated so much that I believe it fried both my internal wireless card and a new PCI wireless card since they both no longer work. The left side of the laptop (where the fan is) always feels hot to the touch, I would say too much.
It there a way to know whether there is something loose inside the laptop, like a heatsink? I assume is not common for the R32 to fry the network card. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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  • DeZaelez May 21, 2008

    Thank for the quick response, however I believe that the fan still works as I can hear it come on -- and when the ceiling fan is on and I leave the window open on a cold day -- the fan actually stops, which means that the laptop "thinks" it is cold enough.


    What I suspect is that the heat is not being dissipated properly and even though the fan turns on, it does not cool it enough.


    Any ideas on how to check this? 

  • DeZaelez May 21, 2008

    Thanks, I'll see what I can dig up.

  • DeZaelez May 21, 2008

    I thought I had ... sorry.

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If the internal wireless and pci are no longer working, see if any usb ports work as the usb and pci bus are configured by the same chipset
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To monitor temp try this

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Its more likely the fan has stopped working. I recommend taking it to a qualified repair shop.

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    Swilin Sampson May 21, 2008

    All I can come up with is that there could be some loose contact somewhere inside, since you said that the wireless card are fried as well..
    The only way to really determine the cause of the issue is to open it up and take a look for impropely fitted components, or cold solders..


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    Swilin Sampson May 21, 2008

    You are welcome. However, I would appreciate it if you caould provide a more favourable rating..at least a Helpful
    Thanks for trying is a negative rating :)


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    Swilin Sampson May 21, 2008

    Thanks..Please post back if you have any further queries and let me know how it goes..

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