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Need help changing a laptop fan


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nokiN

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I have a dell inspiron 1501 about 3 years old. The laptop overheats in a matter of minutes. I do have a cooling pad and it works well but the thing is that I think its a hassle to carry a cooling pad. Defeats the purpose of a laptop because its not as portable and its so bulky so I was thinking about taking apart the laptop and changing the fan to a more powerful one. But before I start, how do I tell which fan fits my laptop? or which fan is better than the current fan I have? or which fan is supported by my laptop? and I've read a lot about how I shouldn't take apart my laptop because its extremely dangerous and it ends up destroying my laptop instead of fixing it. Why is this so?

I do have the step by step guide on taking apart the laptop so I think I should be fine. The only thing I need to know is which fan should I buy?
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You probably need to clean the fan and the intake and exhaust ports. Normally the stock fan is sufficient, so if the fan is not dead, it should be ok.
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So in most cases where peoples laptops overheat, it's because their fans, exhaust, etc. are clogged with dust? Why dont people just clean it instead of buying a cooling pad..
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Because people forget about cleaning. Especially on laptops because of size and difficulty to work on.

They also neglect fans on desktops also.
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So in most cases where peoples laptops overheat, it's because their fans, exhaust, etc. are clogged with dust?

Yes.

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They also neglect fans on desktops also.

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