It's So Shiny, Now If Only It Worked
June 11, 2008 4:43 PM Subscribe
My Toshiba Satellite laptop has this problem
. But, there's a catch: I'm pretty computer illiterate and don't know how to fix it.
posted by Ms. Saint to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a Toshiba Satellite A75-S206, which I bought about three and a half years ago. It seems to have the regular overheating problems. I've sent it in for repairs twice now. Each time, it came back and worked pretty well for about a year.. Then started overheating again. Sometimes, I can get it to stay on for a few hours, but sometimes it won't stay on for even five minutes.
External fans do not help. Propping it up so it has better air circulation does not work. Holding it over bags of ice does not work.
I've read online (particularly in the ask.me question I linked to) that changing the fan can sometimes help things out. I'm also pretty sure that the fan and heat sink (I don't even know what or where that is) could use a nice cleaning. I'd like to know how to take my laptop apart myself, so that I can clean it out whenever it needs being done. However, like I said, I'm pretty computer illiterate. So, here are my questions:
1) The best answer in the previous question alludes to "websites with walk-throughs" for various models. Can anyone link me to a good one?
2) Is dissembling my laptop and installing a new fan something I should even try to do, given that all of my computer hardware experience is installing a video card in a desktop computer?
3) If I shouldn't try doing it myself, how much can I expect it to cost me to get a fan professionally installed? If I just went someplace and said, "It overheats, known problem, fix it," would they know what to do?
4) Am I completely wrong that this might actually help my laptop? Is there anything else I could/should try? I'm so tired and frustrated with it not working -- it hasn't been reliable for about a year and a half now. It would be so nice if it could actually be even slightly reliable.