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extend your laptop\'s life! clean the dust out of its heat sink.

by:Mingfa Tech     2019-11-06
This is a very basic overview of how I can clean up the dust from the Toshiba laptop radiator.
There are so many things in it!
I can\'t believe this is not recommended and encouraged by manufacturers.
If dust blocks the air inlet and/or radiator, your computer may overheat.
The symptoms of overheating include very hot air coming out of the socket, an unusually hot base, or a computer suddenly shut down for no reason.
If your computer does not have an automatic shutdown setting low enough due to overheating, the internal components may be damaged.
In doing so, I did not break the sticker or seal, but it is possible to leave some marks on the screw or cover.
This will almost certainly cancel your warranty, so keep this in mind before you start!
This is a very simple process, but it can provide a lot of opportunities to drop small screws.
If you have a tendency to put things down or are not good for a screwdriver, hire a professional to do it for you.
The first picture is clearly the foundation of the computer.
Fan cover should be easy to identify.
I suggest putting down a piece of cloth or something before overthrowing your computer. I didn\'t . . . oh well.
The three screws circled in red are hex screws.
I don\'t have a hex driver so I used a proper little flat head.
It\'s not a good idea, but it works well.
You will see this when the first cover comes off.
The top is a copper radiator, which emits heat through many blades when the air passes through it.
I don\'t know why these two fans are different.
Maybe someone can leave us a note to educate us?
The five circled screws are small Phillips heads.
I specifically make sure not to discard these things while removing them.
Below is what I look like in the back with a vacuum cleaner.
I wish I had taken a picture before and after the shooting!
The area on the copper sink pointed by the arrow is covered by about 1mm of dust in the middle, extending 3mm to the side.
The exit area on the right covers about 1mm of the dust.
In other words, they are all completely covered.
There are also many around the fan blades.
I used a small attachment on my normal vacuum cleaner to get most of it, and then used the brush attachment to remove some sticky parts.
I did not try to completely clean the fan blade or the base under the fan.
About 2 after this amount of dust is collected.
5 years of daily use.
Based on what I have seen, I recommend cleaning at least once a year to improve the cooling capacity of the laptop. Keep it clean!
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