Introduction

If your laptop is running hot, you may decide to either replace or clean out your fan unit, and replace the thermal compound with better quality.

Parts

No parts required.

Ensure the laptop is powered down before continuing.
  • Ensure the laptop is powered down before continuing.

  • Use a Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the ten 3mm Phillips head screws on the base of the laptop.

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Use the spudger to pry open the rear cover at either hinge.
  • Use the spudger to pry open the rear cover at either hinge.

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Grab the cover with your fingers and gently lift it away from the board. Be careful not to break any tabs on the cover when lifting it off.
  • Grab the cover with your fingers and gently lift it away from the board.

  • Be careful not to break any tabs on the cover when lifting it off.

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Remove the seven 4mm Phillips #0 screws holding the heat sink/fan assembly onto the motherboard.
  • Remove the seven 4mm Phillips #0 screws holding the heat sink/fan assembly onto the motherboard.

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Using the spudger, unplug the fan from the motherboard connection by carefully pushing on both sides of the connector.
  • Using the spudger, unplug the fan from the motherboard connection by carefully pushing on both sides of the connector.

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Lift up on the fan, copper heat pipe and heat sink assembly, and remove from  motherboard.
  • Lift up on the fan, copper heat pipe and heat sink assembly, and remove from motherboard.

  • Be careful when removing the heat sink unit from the CPU, as there will be thermal paste residue that will have be to cleaned and new thermal paste applied.

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Conclusion

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

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