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Introduction

The cooling fans help keep the laptop from over heating. If your laptop seems especially hot or loud, it could be caused by a faulty fan or two.

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    • Turn the laptop upside down.

    • Make sure the laptop is turned off.

    • Use a T5 Torx Screwdriver to remove the ten 3 mm long screws from the perimeter of the back of the laptop.

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    • Open up the information panel door (on the middle of the back side).

    • While holding the door open, use a Phillips #00 Screwdriver to remove the two 10 mm long screws.

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    • Carefully lift the 2 corners of the back panel close to the hinge upwards, to release the whole panel.

    • Do not force the panel off. If it does not come off easily, try to use a plastic spudger where it is stuck.

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    • Use the Small Plastic Spudger to carefully disconnect the white connector from the black port.

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    • Use the Phillips #00 Screwdriver to remove the two 4 mm long screws.

    • The location of the 2 screws is different on each fan.

    • The left fan screw locations are circled in red.

    • The right fan screw locations are circled in orange.

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    • With the screws removed, lift up on the fan and remove it from the laptop.

Conclusion

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

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I removed the fans for cleaning the dust. Now the left fan is always at 100%. Can anybody help me with that problem? Is it possible to somehow misconnect the fan? Or did I accidently did something to the temperature sensors?

Hendrik Lippka - Reply

DId you manage to fix the problem? I have the same issue with the right fan.

James Reid -

I have the exact same issue on the “right” fan.

I wonder if it broke by blowing air through it

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