Laptops are great for portability, but because of their compact design they are often difficult to repair yourself. Every laptop is slightly different and they are designed to fit as much hardware in as little space as possible. This means they are often difficult to disassemble, but not impossible. It is possible to replace parts, like the fan, that are not as accessible as the hard drive or RAM with some patience and research. And you can do it at a lower cost to you than taking it to a store.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
Determine the model number of your HP notebook. There should be a sticker on the underside that lists something like HP G70-460 or something like that.
Go to HP's website (See Resources). Look in the "Support and Drivers" section and search for a maintenance manual for your model.
Download the manual. It will have instructions on how to safely disassemble your notebook and access the fan assembly.
Search for a replacement fan. HP sells spare parts for their laptops so look on their site or at a third-party vendor, such as sparepartswarehouse.com. Search using the model number of your notebook.
Remove any parts that are easy to take out, like the RAM and disk drives. Remove all the screws from the back panel of the laptop. Remove any screws near the keyboard, sometimes they are recessed and covered with little bits of foam. Take photos to keep track of what you have done.
Remove the back panel of the laptop, or the keyboard, depending on the instructions. Every laptop is different inside, so consult the manual for precise instructions.
Remove any components in the way to fan assembly, but remember to go slowly and take your time. Don't force anything. Remove and screws around the fan and the power cord, which should be thin and only a wire or two.
Insert the new fan and screw it in. Attach the power cord. Replace every piece and screw in the same manner and order you took them out.
Tips and warnings
- Disassembling a laptop is a difficult task, so make sure to take your time. It is easy to damage computer parts so do not force anything and make sure to follow instructions and be careful.
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