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Old 14-01-2009, 19:45
jiekam
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hi, i have a 13 month old toshiba a200 and the fan has just stopped working on it!i only noticed when my computer kept switching itself off!

I cant even hear the fan when i boot it up or while im on it.i would like to open it up and see if theres 2 much dust or a loose wire whats affecting it.has anyone any guides online so i can see what im doing??

If i dont wanna do this has anyone got any idea how much it is to fix this at say pc world or something?any replies would be great,thanks.
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Old 14-01-2009, 19:57
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the laptop cooling fans i've seen are not easily replaceable,the fan itself is enveloped within the metal heatsink and you can't just unclip the fan from the heatsink and put another one in.

This is the sort of job where they can charge any price they want,they need the correct replacement part which they won't find lying around anywhere,and then they will charge labour costs.It's not a complex job to remove the unit.Normally i would remove less than 10 screws to reach the fan and heatsink.I'd take off the keyboard first,then the power strip which sits at the bottom of the lcd,by which time the fan is almost visible.There may be a few aluminium metal plates sitting below the keyboard ,underneath those and towards the air vent is the fan normally.

Personally i wouldn't use the laptop again until this part has been replaced.

Was it only a one year warranty?

here is an example of a cooling fan embedded in a heatsink
http://www.laptopssales.com/shop/ima...20heatsink.jpg
http://www.laptopking.com/fan/744670.jpg

this person is charging 45 just for the fan without a heatsink,seems astronomical.
http://www.notebooksolutions.ca/zc/i...oducts_id=2556

here is a picture of the inside of the A200 you can see the fan up on the left of the photo.

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptop...00-a205-17.jpg
http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptop...00-a205-19.jpg
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Old 14-01-2009, 20:11
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yea i had a 12 month warranty which has just ran out!the fan is situated at the top left hand side of the keyboard.it has 20 screws at the back which i guess have to come out before i can lift it off?
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Old 14-01-2009, 20:15
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yea i had a 12 month warranty which has just ran out!the fan is situated at the top left hand side of the keyboard.it has 20 screws at the back which i guess have to come out before i can lift it off?
there may be a disassembly guide on the net,i'd just take off top screws,are the 20 at the base or bottom of the laptop along with the product key?

You shouldn't need to take any of those 20 screws off.

here is the disassembly guide
http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptop...assembly-1.htm

after having a look at the disassembly guide that one involves quite a lot to reach the heatsink,usually i take off less than 10 screws.I'm not sure if steps 1 to 5 are definetely needed to access that part or if you can go from step 5 onwards.
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Old 14-01-2009, 20:36
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yea i thought allot needs to be done before i reach the fan.cant believe its 45 for that!looks like it will be costly if i go pc world and get it done there!
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Old 14-01-2009, 20:39
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would this work on mine?http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Toshiba-Satell...1%7C240%3A1318
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Old 14-01-2009, 20:41
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yea i thought allot needs to be done before i reach the fan.cant believe its 45 for that!looks like it will be costly if i go pc world and get it done there!
yes it is a high figure just for a fan.

As i said there is quite a lot to do on that laptop just to access the fan,it can often be simpler than that where all you are removing is the keyboard and not much else,the guide seems to suggest you have to take the lot apart to move the top section.
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Old 14-01-2009, 20:42
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yes it should be ideal.It's like for like.
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Old 14-01-2009, 20:49
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happened to mine ealier...took it apart and found a big ball of fluff in the fan....give it a quick blast or air and its now fine...
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Old 14-01-2009, 20:51
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what ill do now is print off instructions and pictures and see if i can get to the fan from step 5.have a look,clean and see if all wires are in and try again.if that fails ill have to buy the fan off ebay for 10 and replace it.hopefully that will do the job!
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Old 14-01-2009, 20:52
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markeymodem- was it the same model as mine?was it difficult to reach the fan?
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Old 14-01-2009, 20:56
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mine is a toshiba satellite pro L10, just followed the disassembly guide for a L25 on the irisvista site.
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Old 14-01-2009, 23:28
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We had the exact same laptop

ours was also 14 months over warranty, with identical problem with fan, so we decided to call up Toshiba...

they quoted for repair 432.12p ( I have quote upstairs)

just to repair a fan, we paid 699 for the laptop from currys.

told them to stuff it and bought a acer, its very freaky how your situation is virtually identical I know for sure we wont be touching Toshiba laptops again.
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Old 15-01-2009, 00:23
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you have to take it apart and then you can easily match the fan. fans are fans, its just a matter of how far you are willing to go to replace it, either get a used or replacement module on ebay, or if thats hard going you can try removing the fan from the shroud or whatever package its part of look at the spec and buy a fan with the same dimensions and electrical draw and solder/clip it in place.
anyways its one reason some places buy dead laptops, they can resell parts, and you find them on ebay and such. just be deliberate and careful and it'll come out alright. it is a bit harder than doing a desktop, desktops are just easier and cheaper to maintain if something dies. thats the price of laptops. as for service by technician i'd imagine they'd charge more just because its a laptop. crunch a cpu or knock something off a m/b on a desktop during fiddling and you can replace the part relatively cheaply, not so on a laptop where things like cpus tend to be soldered to the board. plus opening one up you tend to find delicate connections/ribbon connectors everywhere. its not made to be easy. plus it just takes longer. so i guess you could see how it could get expensive, a competent tech that would do such custom repairs would cost extra, the parts are hard to source, so it could be cheaper to buy a new laptop if you won't do it yourself. these are the sacrifices made to cram tech into tiny spaces.
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Old 16-01-2009, 19:30
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thanks to the link beintot posted i managed to take my laptop to pieces which took its time as i didnt want to brake anything!

managed to get near my fan so i blew air into it from the side and a big ball of fluff came visable in the fan(size of 1p coin and very thick!)i managed to get it all out and slowly managed to get my laptop together again.

booted up and fan started blowing!YES!waited for the computer to load and i noticed the touch pad wasnt working!i didnt put the ribbon back into the keyboard the right way round so opened again!this time in record time as i knew what to do.changed the ribbon the other way round and put it all back together.

booted up and finally everything working 100%!thanks to the link i was given im now going to take off my broken toshiba l20 screen(spare laptop) and replace it.thanks to everyone who posted!
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Old 16-01-2009, 21:25
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thanks to the link beintot posted i managed to take my laptop to pieces which took its time as i didnt want to brake anything!

managed to get near my fan so i blew air into it from the side and a big ball of fluff came visable in the fan(size of 1p coin and very thick!)i managed to get it all out and slowly managed to get my laptop together again.

booted up and fan started blowing!YES!waited for the computer to load and i noticed the touch pad wasnt working!i didnt put the ribbon back into the keyboard the right way round so opened again!this time in record time as i knew what to do.changed the ribbon the other way round and put it all back together.

booted up and finally everything working 100%!thanks to the link i was given im now going to take off my broken toshiba l20 screen(spare laptop) and replace it.thanks to everyone who posted!
you've done well,it looked a long winded procedure to reaching the fan and some folk wouldn't take a chance of going through all those steps.

Did you do only do from step 5 onwards or did you have to do from step 1 to reach the fan [basically undoing all the screws at the bottom of the laptop]?

Most cooling fans i've seen are positioned above the keyboard,towards the lcd screen ,which makes them easier to reach,but yours was tucked away on the left side.
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Old 17-01-2009, 14:35
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i started from step 1,had to undo all screws at the base of the computer.yea the fan was tucked away so it took alittle longer to reach but finally got there in the end.
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