A  local businessman has brought his HP DV6 laptop in as it was overheating and  slows down to a crawl, the chap has bought himself a used CPU fan and cooling plates and realised that it meant a total strip down of his laptop to board level to have it fitted. Hence a call to PC Workshop which is local to his business and home in Chapelford.

His second problem was the time factor as he uses his laptop daily during the week and arranged to drop it off on a Friday evening requiring it back in action for Monday morning.

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PC Workshop is the same as everyone else in wanting to have free time at weekends for family etc but sometimes we have to relax our hours to accommodate special requests and this was the case in this instance.

The probable cause of the cooling system will no doubt be a gradual blocking up of the air vents which allow a continuous stream of cool air being sucked in by the CPU fan and blown out through the exhaust fins.

 This is generally down to a build up of fibres and minute dust particles fouling the vents and once it starts to get a grip the apertures soon become blocked placing the cooling fan under pressure so they are working overtime trying clean fan_optto keep the processor temperature down to a working level, resulting in the system running slower and slower until the fan itself packs in and the system shuts down to prevent the CPU burning out.

Once the laptop is stripped down to board level then you can strip the fan assembly down and thoroughly remove all the obstructions blocking the air vents, rebuild the laptop and all is good again. the sigh of relief from the previously overworked fan is almost audible.  🙂