How to Test the Cooling Fan in an HP Notebook

Written by t.m. wit
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Keeping your processor cool is an important part of computer system maintenance and performance. Maintaining a low core temperature can prevent damage to your processor and motherboard. Your fan blows hot air away from your laptop and its components, which lowers the temperature inside of your computer. Laptops are extremely sensitive to heat since all of their components are located with in a smaller area than a PC computer. Taking time to make sure your laptop fan is functioning properly should be a regular part of your system maintenance.

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  • Compressed air
  • paper
  • Q-tip

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    Power on your laptop and physically look at the fan to see if it is spinning. If you are having trouble figuring out if your fan is working, place a piece of paper in front of it and see if the fan moves the paper.

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    Blow compressed air into the fan to remove any dirt or dust particles that may have accumulated. If the compressed air will not remove all of the dirt, gently use a Q-tip to remove any remaining dirt or dust.

  3. 3

    Restart your laptop computer and check if the fan is spinning. If it will not spin after cleaning it will likely need to be replaced.

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