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Old 06-01-06, 11:21 PM
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please help me fix a laptop - possible fan problem

Hey. I have a Dell Inspiron 1150 that overheats and shuts off after 30 minutes or so of use. Before overheating, the fan gets really loud. The laptop is, of course, out of warranty. It's a spare, so it's not a big deal if it's dead, but I'd like to fix it if possible. Does this sound like it needs a new fan? Should I just get one from Dell? Any help is greatly appreciated!

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The fan speeds are usually temperature controlled, so it's probably not the fan physically. The speedup is just trying to compensate for large heat buildup that is accumulating in the case/processor. Are you gaming or doing something processor intensive when it shuts down? Does it have enough ventilation space around the cooling intakes/fan area?
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If you can hear the fan, it's spinning, so it's probably okay. There might be an obstruction in the air path, though, or worse the heatsink may have become separated from the cpu. Have a look inside.
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I'll open it up tonight to investigate. Thanks!
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the latitudes had an issue a couple years back with the fans that lead to shut down
they actually fixed the problem with a bios update to properly regulate the fan

dont have much experience with the inspirons

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