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Hey all,

So I have this laptop, its been about a year old now, and I noticed the performance has been dropping drastically. I have read that its possible that it's dusty inside and I should open it up to clean out the dust but I don't really want to take a risk and do that. I come to my next alternative which is a laptop cooler. There are a lot of laptop coolers out there but I don't know which one is good. Can anyone help suggest an affordable laptop cooler for a 15.4 '' laptop, preferably under $30 or if possible a tutorial on how to build a good one? Thanks in advance
post #2 of 8
you should still open it up and blow out the dust. a laptop cooler isn't gonna help much if there is a bunch of dust caked up in there
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I was thinking of buying this [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Notepal-Notebook-R9-NBC-8PBK-GP/dp/B002NU5V4A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1303865072&sr=8-2"]one [/ame]that Microcenterhas for 12.99.

It would be useful if you tell us what laptop you have. There are some that have very accesiable the cpu cooler and it's just a matter of taking out a few screws.

edit: doh forgot link!
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I've used belkin dual fan laptop coolers and they work allright. Might cost u more than $30 though. If your vents is dusty a cooler won't help much. Same goes for your fans. If your fan is visible the rub off the dust with a qtip. Same goes for the accessible vents. After rubbing off as much dust as possible I found a vacuum does wonders.

I've also tried cheap laptop coolers sub $15 and they don't work well at all.
Edited by 808MP5 - 4/26/11 at 5:49pm
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Yeah I considered doing that but I have no idea where to even begin. I really don't want to accidentally screw something up and break my laptop. If you can help tell me how to do it I'll give it a try. My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A305 - S 6898
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Quote:
Originally Posted by itzyoboiAD;13284708 
Yeah I considered doing that but I have no idea where to even begin. I really don't want to accidentally screw something up and break my laptop. If you can help tell me how to do it I'll give it a try. My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A305 - S 6898

See if you can find any tutorials I didnt find any, but I didn't look that well. But this is why you should clean your cooler (look at pic). Also it might b e as easy as the second pic.
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See if you can find any tutorials I didnt find any, but I didn't look that well. But this is why you should clean your cooler (look at pic). Also it might b e as easy as the second pic.

Okay I'll give it a try. In general, where do you clean the dust out from. Also is this generally an easy process, or do you have to open the whole case up?
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Personally I would try a vacuum first before attempting opening a laptop. I've vacuumed the vents on my sisters laptop and the load temps dropped nearly 10c. Just use the smallest adapter on the hose or use your hand to create the smallest hole possible to increase the vacuums velocity. If that doesnt improve temps then the extreme of opening the laptop case might be your only option. I've also tried using a blower from a shop vac. I've found that sucking the dust out is much better since the dust doesn't get lodged somewhere else in the case.
Edited by 808MP5 - 4/26/11 at 8:14pm
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