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01-13-2011 09:09 AM
Hello one and all,
I have had a compaq mini 311c-1010SA running windows 7 with 3GBs of RAM now for almost a year.
It is, beyond doubt, the noisiest computer I have ever owned - including desktops - which came as quite a surprise
given that It is a diminutive, power-saving netbook.
It has been back for repair once already but nothing has changed. I have tried toggling the fan options in the BIOS
but, again, nothing changes.
Before I sent it back for repair last time I also boot it up using a linux live pen-drive and loaded up the BIOS and left it running with the same excessive and relentless fan grinding so I don't believe it has anything to do with windows 7 as was originally suggested to me by HP support.
Does anybody have any idea why my little netbook is as noisy as an Xbox 360?
Thanks in advance,
01-14-2011 01:55 PM
Many times a laptop overheating is directly related to the cooling of the processor. The main culprit is the fan. The fan sucks in air from the bottom and blows it out the side. It will also suck in hair, dust, and other debris. That stuff often gets trapped by the heat sink and over time builds up in a layer which chokes off the cool air going to the processor making the fan work harder.
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What I recommend is getting some canned air and blowing out the vents in the side and bottom of the laptop. If after doing this you still have problems with over-heating, and your laptop is in warranty, you can take your laptop to a HP Authorized Service Center and ask them to clean the fan and heatsink. You can check your warranty here:
If it is out of warranty, consider searching for the maintenance manual for your specific model, in the manual there are schematics for taking apart the laptop. Cleaning the fan is much easier that removing a motherboard, so don't feel to intimidated by the idea. Also you can remove the heatsink and then remove the thermal grease and apply a new layer which also helps alleviate heat related issues.