Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the fans.

Parts

No parts required.

Begin by turning the laptop over so that you can see the bottom of the computer.
  • Begin by turning the laptop over so that you can see the bottom of the computer.

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Slide the battery release switch to the right while simultaneously lifting up the battery.
  • Slide the battery release switch to the right while simultaneously lifting up the battery.

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Loosen the 8 Phillips screws around the plate and remove the plate.
  • Loosen the 8 Phillips screws around the plate and remove the plate.

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Remove the 9 Phillips screws from the plate covering the fans.
  • Remove the 9 Phillips screws from the plate covering the fans.

  • The 3 screws around the lower fan also hold the fan onto the metal plate.

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Lift the plate and lower fan off the heat sink being careful not to damage the lower fan cable, which is attached to the motherboard.
  • Lift the plate and lower fan off the heat sink being careful not to damage the lower fan cable, which is attached to the motherboard.

  • Disconnect the lower fan connector from the motherboard.

  • Remove the metal plate and lower fan.

  • The lower fan will easily separate from the metal plate.

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Disconnect the upper fan connector from the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the upper fan connector from the motherboard.

  • Remove the 4 spring loaded screws holding the heat sink assembly to the motherboard.

  • When reassembling, thread all screws in 1 - 1 1/2 turns then alternately tighten each screw 1 turn - starting top left, then bottom right, then bottom left, then top left again etc. until the heat sink assembly is firmly seated and all screws are tightened the same amount.

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Slide the heat sink assembly including the upper fan out by pulling it down and left simultaneously.
  • Slide the heat sink assembly including the upper fan out by pulling it down and left simultaneously.

  • When reinstalling heat sink, ensure it is thoroughly cleaned and the thermal paste (or pads ) are replaced to ensure proper thermal contact with the devices on the logic board to prevent thermal issues.

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Conclusion

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

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