Introduction

If your laptop makes a buzzing sound or seems to be overheating, the fan might need to be cleaned or replaced. This guide will help you remove the fan to clean or replace it.

Make sure the laptop is completely shut down to avoid data complications.
  • Make sure the laptop is completely shut down to avoid data complications.

  • Hold the left lock switch towards the left to the unlock option.

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Toggle the right lock switch to the unlock option.
  • Toggle the right lock switch to the unlock option.

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Gently slide the battery out while still holding the left unlock switch.
  • Gently slide the battery out while still holding the left unlock switch.

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Remove the two 2 mm Phillips head screws on each side on the bottom using PH00 screw driver. Remove the one 2 mm screw underneath the black cover in the middle using the same screw driver.
  • Remove the two 2 mm Phillips head screws on each side on the bottom using PH00 screw driver.

  • Remove the one 2 mm screw underneath the black cover in the middle using the same screw driver.

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Remove the RAM by lifting up with your fingers and sliding it out towards you.
  • Remove the RAM by lifting up with your fingers and sliding it out towards you.

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Remove the three 2 mm Phillips head screws on the hard drive using PH00 screw driver.
  • Remove the three 2 mm Phillips head screws on the hard drive using PH00 screw driver.

  • Remove the remaining seven 1.8 mm Phillips head screws using the same screw driver.

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Remove the hard drive by sliding it to the left and lifting up. Remove the hard drive by sliding it to the left and lifting up.
  • Remove the hard drive by sliding it to the left and lifting up.

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Remove the six 2 mm Phillips head screws on the top edge of the laptop using PH00 screw driver. Flip the laptop right-side up and open the screen.
  • Remove the six 2 mm Phillips head screws on the top edge of the laptop using PH00 screw driver.

  • Flip the laptop right-side up and open the screen.

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Starting in a corner of the keyboard, pry the keyboard from the laptop using a plastic opening tool. Remove the ribbon cable on the bottom of the keyboard by lifting up on the tape and pulling up. The front panel is now loose from the laptop.
  • Starting in a corner of the keyboard, pry the keyboard from the laptop using a plastic opening tool.

  • Remove the ribbon cable on the bottom of the keyboard by lifting up on the tape and pulling up.

  • The front panel is now loose from the laptop.

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Slide the optical drive out. It should easily come out.
  • Slide the optical drive out. It should easily come out.

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Remove the four 2 mm Phillips head screws from the top of the motherboard and fan using PH #1 screwdriver.
  • Remove the four 2 mm Phillips head screws from the top of the motherboard and fan using PH #1 screwdriver.

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Remove the blue cable on the bottom right by lifting up on the tab and pulling the cable out. Remove the blue cable on the bottom right by lifting up on the tab and pulling the cable out.
  • Remove the blue cable on the bottom right by lifting up on the tab and pulling the cable out.

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Peel off the black and yellow tape attaching the fan to the base. Peel the tape off the yellow cable and pull out  to remove the cable. Remove the small black, white and red cable next to the yellow cable at the top.
  • Peel off the black and yellow tape attaching the fan to the base.

  • Peel the tape off the yellow cable and pull out to remove the cable.

  • Remove the small black, white and red cable next to the yellow cable at the top.

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Carefully and slowly lift up the motherboard from the base and remove the red and black cable underneath the motherboard in the top left corner near the fan.
  • Carefully and slowly lift up the motherboard from the base and remove the red and black cable underneath the motherboard in the top left corner near the fan.

  • The motherboard and fan are still attached to each other, but are loose from the base.

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Remove the four 2 mm Phillips head screws surrounding the copper rod using PH1 screw driver.
  • Remove the four 2 mm Phillips head screws surrounding the copper rod using PH1 screw driver.

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Remove the red, blue, black and yellow cable attaching the fan and motherboard together with your fingers.
  • Remove the red, blue, black and yellow cable attaching the fan and motherboard together with your fingers.

  • Now the motherboard and fan are completely separate from each other.

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Slide the fan out from the ridged metal component.
  • Slide the fan out from the ridged metal component.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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