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Extremely loud fan

I suspect that my cooling fan has failed. When I use the graphics card, or CPU intensively, i.e. gaming, video editing, 3d modeling and rendering, the area where the cooling fan and exhaust vent are located becomes extremely hot, and as the fan speed climbs in an attempt to compensate, it makes an increasingly loud and obnoxious buzzing. Airflow through the exhaust port is also greatly diminished compared to before this problem began. I understand that the likely solution is replacing the fan, but I cannot seem to locate any information about the part, relevant part numbers, or exploded view diagrams. I was wondering if you could either refer me to an Acer parts dealer, tell me where I could find an exploded view, or possibly how I could fix the fan.

The laptop is out of warranty, and I am entirely unwilling to pay $225+shipping to have someone else replace a part that should cost practically nothing.

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  • Jonah_0c Aug 13, 2008

    acerspareparts.com didn't happen to have a replacement cooling module.



    I am aware of the dusty fan blade problem, it was the first thing I checked; a cooling pad was not merely an option, but rather a necessity, as the laptop would overheat in its absence. Rather than buying a cooling pad, I gutted an old power supply and put an 80mm in it; the laptop functions better than ever, kept cool to the point that the internal fan rarely even comes on.



    The issue is portability; I may or may not be near a power outlet in class, so a cooling pad isn't an option, nor is a noisy internal fan.



    In addition to loud, the fan fails to produce airflow remotely significant to the flow when I bought the laptop, and this failure causes overheating. Perhaps I'll have to spend the time on the phone with Acer.



    Thanks for your time!

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dont know if this is still a problm but just fixed mine. There is a gap between the fan housing and the heatsink, that has tape wrapped around it. When I removed the whole fan and heatsink assembly, unwrapped the tape, there was a plug of dust in this gap. Just pulled it out, wiped everything with a brush and reassembled. Now perfect!

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