Introduction

If you notice your computer is running louder then it usually is, you likely have a dust problem. Use this guide to clear the dust out of the fan and heatsink.

Turn off the computer and close the lid. Remove the three M2.0 x 11mm screws circled in blue.
  • Turn off the computer and close the lid.

  • Remove the three M2.0 x 11mm screws circled in blue.

    • Put them in a container--bowl, etc.--so they don't get lost.

  • Remove the eight M2.0 x 5mm screws circled in red.

    • Put them is a separate container.

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Carefully remove the back cover by pulling up on the edges from all sides. Do not pull too hard on one side of the cover as it may cause cracking. Place the cover to the side
  • Carefully remove the back cover by pulling up on the edges from all sides.

    • Do not pull too hard on one side of the cover as it may cause cracking.

  • Place the cover to the side

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Use a Small M2.5 Phillips Screwdriver to remove the 2 M2.5 x 4.45 mm screws surrounding the fan. Carefully place these screws to the side, separately from the screws from part one. This screw has a warranty seal covering it. You may void the warranty by disassembling the system further. If you are concerned about the warranty, use compressed air with the laptop partially disassembled.
  • Use a Small M2.5 Phillips Screwdriver to remove the 2 M2.5 x 4.45 mm screws surrounding the fan.

    • Carefully place these screws to the side, separately from the screws from part one.

  • This screw has a warranty seal covering it. You may void the warranty by disassembling the system further. If you are concerned about the warranty, use compressed air with the laptop partially disassembled.

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Black Friday
Broken doesn't stand a chance.
Remove the wires from the side of the fan. Carefully unhook each grouping from the small black tabs on the fan Carefully unhook each grouping from the small black tabs on the fan
  • Remove the wires from the side of the fan.

  • Carefully unhook each grouping from the small black tabs on the fan

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Carefully pull out the small white plug connecting the fan to the motherboard Carefully pull out the small white plug connecting the fan to the motherboard
  • Carefully pull out the small white plug connecting the fan to the motherboard

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This step is not required. Use a small screwdriver to pull upwards on the tab connecting the white ribbon wire to the board. Carefully lift up the white cable and unhook the fan from the black peg.
  • This step is not required.

  • Use a small screwdriver to pull upwards on the tab connecting the white ribbon wire to the board.

  • Carefully lift up the white cable and unhook the fan from the black peg.

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Carefully Lift the fan out of the computer and place it on a clean surface. As you lift up the left side, you will have to apply some force to overcome the adhesive on the bottom. As you lift up the left side, you will have to apply some force to overcome the adhesive on the bottom.
  • Carefully Lift the fan out of the computer and place it on a clean surface.

    • As you lift up the left side, you will have to apply some force to overcome the adhesive on the bottom.

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Use compressed air or a vacuum with a tube to clean out the dust from the fan. If you wish to replace the fan, set the old fan to the side, and complete the reassembly using your replacement. If you wish to replace the fan, set the old fan to the side, and complete the reassembly using your replacement.
  • Use compressed air or a vacuum with a tube to clean out the dust from the fan.

  • If you wish to replace the fan, set the old fan to the side, and complete the reassembly using your replacement.

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Conclusion

To reassemble, complete the steps in reverse order. Make sure you fully close the back panel of the laptop before turning it on.

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