My computer runs very hot and the fan runs constantly, making everything run verrrrrrry slow. i was told to clean the fan and heat sink........... my issue is that i need to know how to do so.
i know how to open my computer where i can see the fan and what not, but i need to know the next steps. of course sony tells you to keep the fan and heat sink clean, yet they do not have instructions on how to clean it.
i would like someone to walk me through the steps of getting to the fan and heat sink and the whole process of cleaning it, pictures would be great. otherwise i would like to know where i could possibly buy a manual that will tell me all of this. i would appreciate any help!
thank you!! :)
An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points
An expert that got 10 achievements.
An expert that got 5 achievements.
An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.
Re: cleaning the fan and heat sink
I would first check for any trojans, virus's and spyware, and any programmes running at start up you don't need, as that can cause overworking of the processor, then instead of stripping down the notebook, which i don't recommend,look around any vented area of your notebook and hoover out the vents gently, this will remove any dust blokages.
Give your system a good clean out with this excellent free tool called ccleaner and you can also dissable any startup programmes you dont want with the programme also.
Download it here, fre and free updates and spyware free, click link and then on the right of link click download latest version.
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
It's possible that either the chip it's cooling is running hot. The heat sink inside may be covered with dust preventing the chip from being cooled. It also might be dust on the fins of the fan itself causing the extra noise.
You should have it checked out and cleaned to prevent possible damage and fan failure.
- Stop Overclocking your CPU.
- Make sure your Heat Sink is placed properly above the processor.
- Clean the Processor fan, Heat Sink and other peripherals.
- Use High Speed fans.
- Use CPU Heat Sink Paste in the processor.
- Fix OS registry with reliable program like I always use Reginout.
- Shut down your computer at least two hour a day.
In order to address this the unit must be taken apart, remove fan and clean with compressed air, next remove the heat sink, four spring loaded screws turn one "small amount" go diaganal do the same and the next two until removed from the processor ic, blow out any dirt, next remove old silicon grease with rubbing alcohol, apply fresh thermal grease to the ic and heat sink "small amount" and assemble.This will solve most issues.
The CPU Heat sink (the big metal block with a fan) may not be making good contact with the CPU surface area.
Thermal compound may have not been applied between the CPU surface area and heat sink
The heat sink and fan are not sufficient enough to cool your CPU
Dust buildup is not allowing proper circulation of cooling air
If this system is not a name brand and covered by warranty then I would remove the heat sink (carefully) and verify that the mounting bracket is not broken or loose. I would check that ample thermal compound is applied, and if not use rubbing alcohol to remove all compound from the heat sink and CPU and purchase a tube of compound to apply yourself. I would also thoroughly clean the heat sink with compressed air.
If the heat issue continues then you will want to consider upgrading to a more powerful cooling solution.
The CPU fan should run constantly but in some systems will run between 50% and 100% speeds assuming a variable temperature control is applied to the system via motherboard or third party installation.
This shows that your computer is overheating and the sensors have told the fans to spin faster. This is most likely because the heat-sinks are full of dust, which restricts airflow.
What you need to do is to clean the computer of all dust on all fans and on the surface of all components. This is done with the aid of a vacuum cleaner. You may need to remove the fan from the heat-sink to clean it properly. Clean the heat-sink of dust, if the dust is down deep use a piece of string to get between the fins.
If you don't feel like doing the job your-self a computer technician will be able to do it for you. I would recommend a complete rebuild, cleaning all components to as new state and then rebuilding the computer system. Do not remove the heat-sink on the CPU unless you are able to reapply a new measure of thermal interface material. A computer needs to be rebuilt at least once a year, this will increase the life span of the components as they will run at a far lower temperature and it will mean that your computer will run quietly. Your computer will also run efficiently.
The fan may be running too slow (faulty bearing) or the fan and heat sink assembly may be clogged with dust.
Check the CPU fan to see if it spinsfreely, if not replace the fan.
If the fan and heat sink is clogged withdust the remove the dust and make sure the vents are clear and dust free. Use acan of compressed air to do this.
Have you replaced the heat sink thermal paste?
Also the fan blades may look clean, but have you removed the fan and checked the outlet grill that the fan blows through, it gets clogged with fluff, dust and hair etc.
How many HDDs/internal devices are you running off *********** board? If you have an AMD processor, they tend to run hot too. If your computer is running agonizingly slow or shutting down by itself, I would suggest you do the following:
Take your heat sink off your CPU and clean off the heat sink paste and re-applying. If you haven't done this before, you only need to put it on in a VERY light film so you can partly see through it. Applying too much can cause over heating.