liloldlady 10:24 07 Nov 2012

can a broken/innaficient fan in a laptop slow it down to a crawl?

  johndrew 10:26 07 Nov 2012

It can cause overheating and crashing.

Tell us the symptoms and perhaps we will be able to help more.

  liloldlady 10:34 07 Nov 2012

Thank you...Is it expensive to have a fan replaced at a computer shop?

  liloldlady 10:37 07 Nov 2012

John....Yes ir does occasionaly crash and the fan sounds "rattley"

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:23 07 Nov 2012

Is it expensive to have a fan replaced at a computer shop?

It can be depending on the make and model of the machine and how much stripping down is required to get at the fan.

  woodchip 12:21 07 Nov 2012

How do you know its the Fan and not the Hard Drive that's the Problem

  liloldlady 09:47 08 Nov 2012

The make is a compaq presario around 6 years old and running xp home. woodchip..I think it may be the fan becasue the laptop feels quite hot underneath, I didn't realise it might be the harddrive, what could be wrong with that.

  liloldlady 11:11 08 Nov 2012

Thank you all for your help. Just one last thing, if this repair is too expensive then my friend who is not computer savvy will buy another laptop, but she wants to keep XP home on the new one as she is used to it. Can we buy a new laptop with XP on it?.....

  johndrew 11:16 08 Nov 2012

.. compaq presario around 6 years old ..

After six years of use it is very likely you have a lot of dust/fluff around the fan an cooling ducts/fins as spiderlegz indicates. You really have only two options, to do it yourself or get it serviced.

If you want to have a go yourself, there is a video which may help and a simple suggestion here.

Personally I would be tempted to do the minimum of disassembly and use a vacuum cleaner to remove as much dust/fluff as possible. Obviously the laptop must be switched off and care taken when using the vacuum not to do any damage.

For the future the is a site that offers quite a bit of varied information on working on laptops here.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:34 08 Nov 2012

Not an easy one to do for a beginner but a good strip and clean (make sure comp shop does not just blow out the vents) will make a massive difference.

get several quotes

another guide here

  onthelimit1 13:12 08 Nov 2012

You won't be able to buy a new laptop with XP, but try to avoid Windows 8 if you can. Windows 7 is not that much different to XP and most people have no problem adapting.

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