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Why Cleaning out fans is essential

Postby FatIan » 29 Dec 2008, 13:52

Having just given my laptop a quick service as it was getting a bit noisy. I was shocked at how much the heatsinks had clogged up in only 8 months.

Once every two weeks I clean out all the fan intakes on the underside of my X770 with a brush and hoover. Today however, I decided to removed the back cover and have a proper look. After removing the silver fan covers I found this-

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This totally amazed me as like I said I was pretty keen with the hoover and thought that it would have been enough. After a good clean with the hoover, brush and scalpel my laptop is pretty much silent (I am now running a zalman NC2000 cooler which I probably didn't need to buy though!). So if anyone is getting annoyed by excessive fan noise get the covers off and get the hoover out!

As a precaution I did wear anti-static protection wristband while cleaning it out.

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Re: Why Cleaning out fans is essential

Postby EviL Ras » 29 Dec 2008, 14:28

ah, been busy over xmas then ian!

When i had the LCD replaced on this dell the guy cleaned the fans out for me. they do get a LOT of dust in them! So i try to clear them out every now and then with some compressed air.
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Re: Why Cleaning out fans is essential

Postby Combat Marmot » 29 Dec 2008, 14:47

I'm wondering about doing this but my peg 665 has the rock warranty stickers on it. Does their statement about still repairing it if the warranty stickers are broken still stand?
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Re: Why Cleaning out fans is essential

Postby FatIan » 29 Dec 2008, 15:30

Combat Marmot wrote:I'm wondering about doing this but my peg 665 has the rock warranty stickers on it. Does their statement about still repairing it if the warranty stickers are broken still stand?


There was a recent post on the Rock forum and one of Rock employees stated that they were ok to remove back cover and re-seat RAM and this would not affect his warranty aslong as he took precautions against static. So pretty sure it still does.
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Re: Why Cleaning out fans is essential

Postby mrtoddie » 05 Oct 2009, 14:48

Thought I'd Bump this up again as a reminder to all you laptop users..

I Have to take my whole machine apart (dell xps m1710) to get the fans all clean but its worth all the effort even getting some torx to put new thermal paste on has given it a new lease of life :)
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