After I have arrived here in Taiwan, I have used my laptop as means of my entertainment to get rid of boredom during my rest days. I don’t usually go out unless there is money in my pocket or I need to buy something. While using my old laptop which I bought 6 years ago I noticed that there is a weird sound coming from my laptop and at first I didn’t mind it at all and continue using it but as time goes by the sound is getting louder and it is very irritating.
One day I decided to disassemble and open up my laptop to see what’s the culprit of this weird and irritating noise. I thought it was my HDD before opening up my laptop because the noise I heard came from where the HDD sits but I was wrong and it was my laptop CPU cooling fan that’s making the weird noise.
It took me quite a while to figure out how to dismantle the attached cooling fan and after I successfully dismantled it, it seems like the rotor doesn’t rotate well so I decided to buy some stuffs that might help me to fix my cooling fan.
I immediately drove to the nearest computer parts store to buy thermal paste which I will be needing to replace all the old thermal paste that my cooling fan attached to (heatsinks), I also bought grease that I think that might help to my fan rotor to rotate. Actually I was planning to buy a new fan instead but it’s an old laptop and I was able to find the same model at Ebay and also I was thinking to bring it to Asus service center because they might still have stock. Unfortunately I am on a tight budget so I decided just to do it myself and it’s an trial and error.
Here are the things I have done:
- I pulled out the fan from the rotor place put a little grease in it and spin it for quite a while.
- Assembled the fan and cleaned it as well.
- Cleaned CPU cooler with alcohol so that it can dry fast
- Put thermal paste on my processor and I think the other one is for the video card GPU.
- Screwed it all in place.
- Assembled back my laptop.
- Test it if the weird noise still exists.
You will never learn if you don’t do it yourself right? replacing the thermal paste also helps on my laptop heating issue, it used to heats up fast and I always need an additional laptop cooler to cool it down and prevents my laptop from freezing or hanging while using it.
It’s been 2 weeks and my laptop still runs smoothly without the weird noise and heating issue!