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The cooling fan in my Acer Aspire laptop (bought 1 year ago) stopped working. Can it be replaced or is it part of the motherboard?

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As stated it can be replaced. Might be the pits in finding the replacement fan, though.

Let's take a look at an Acer Aspire 5520 series laptop, as an example,

http://www.insidemylaptop.com/take-apart-acer-aspire-5520-laptop/

Scroll down until you come to the third photo.

Getting to the Cooling Fan in the Acer Aspire 5050 series Notebook PC's, requires a lot more disassembly, however.

The Acer Aspire 5050-3242 Notebook PC, in the category heading, is part of the Acer Aspire 5050 series of Notebook PC's.

This is the Service Manual for the Acer Aspire 5050 series of Notebook PC's,

http://www.tim.id.au/blog/tims-laptop-service-manuals/#toc-acer

Go to the second Aspire heading.
The one that begins with Aspire 1200.

Now go down to the 5th line, and scroll across to > 5050.
Left-click on 5050.

This is a PDF file.
The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.

[ Although I would recommend upgrading to Adobe Reader 9, if it isn't on your computer ]

After you click on the file > 5050, you won't see anything happening for up to 30 seconds.

Most of the time the first page pops up within 10 seconds, and it requires additional time to fully download the file.

Suggest you let the file download all the way, before looking through it.
Watch the Download Progress bar.

You can save this file to your computer.
This way you can burn a copy to CD for safekeeping, and easy access anytime you wish.

You can also delete from your computer then, to save Harddrive space.
If you do not know how, and wish to, simply post in a Comment.

For further questions on this please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Posted on Nov 10, 2010

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    joecoolvette Nov 10, 2010

    To add:

    1) ALL Power is removed from the laptop before disassembling.
    Remove the AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

    2) Observe Anti-Static Precautions.
    It would be best if you buy, and wear an ESD wrist strap, and connect the alligator clip to a good ground source.
    (I connect to the metal frame of an empty desktop computer case, for example)

    Your body carries Static electricity.
    Static will fry out (Short Circuit) the hardware components inside a computer.
    You may not see it, or feel it.
    Your computer will. (POOF! No computer)

    Using an ESD wrist strap, and connecting to a good ground source, ensures that Static will not be an issue.
    The average cost is around $3 to $6. An economical one is all you need.
    One example of an ESD wrist strap.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Unlimited-A...


    3) Use a can of compressed air for computers to clean out the inside of the computer. You may find built up areas that require more than just an air blast.
    For these areas you can use Q-tips, and a small fine brush.
    (Make-up brush of some kind?)

    The reason the Cooling Fan quit may be due to four reasons.

    1) The area around the Cooling Fans intake duct must be free of obstructions. There should be a flat surface so the air intake duct is not blocked.
    It states Laptop, but in reality should not be put on one's lap.
    The air intake duct can be blocked by clothing.
    Same for using the laptop directly on a bed, couch, or directly on a carpet floor.

    2) The fan's bearings only have a 'Lifespan' of so much.
    The bearings lubrication dried up, and this caused fan bearing damage.

    3) A can of compressed air for computers was used, and improperly.
    A Cooling Fan is only designed to spin so fast, and spinning it faster than it was designed for, can lead to premature failure of the fan's bearings.

    Short Bursts of air are used to clean a laptop cooling fan.
    Squeeze the trigger in all the way, let go quickly.

    4) Not to slam Acer laptops, but they are a budget laptop. Low quality parts are used to save money.
    This savings is passed on to the consumer, but in reality it costs more in the end.


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    joecoolvette Nov 12, 2010

    lucyhill, did you find a replacement fan?

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