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How to cool my Lenovo Thinkpad W700

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Hi Overclockers. I wonder if you can give advice about the quickest and least expensive and hopefully not-having-to-open-my-case method of cooling a Lenovo Thinkpad W700 which has had heat related issues since I bought it - good work Lenovo! - and whose fan never seems to come on anymore.

I am doing some heavy processing for my math thesis and heat related crashes are getting in the way. Further, the fan never comes on anymore, no matter how hot the side of the laptop feels. I have tried cooling the unit by placing it temporarily in my freezer (with the door open), but, as anyone who knows anything about freezers knows, I will burn out the processors if I keep doing that.

So I need to keep this thing cool for a few more months. I would like to avoid opening the case, if possible. But it is out of warranty, so I don't care if I have to open it (incidentally, my freezer makes all kinds of noises and the landlord won't replace it, so I don't care if I ruin that, either! biggrin.gif ).

What's the best - and least expensive - way for me to keep my laptop cool?
Thanks,
J
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Get a laptop cooler, and take some compressed air to clean out all of the air vents. If you are feeling courageous, open up the laptop and replace the TIM.

If you want to be even cheaper, elevate the corners of the laptop to allow better airflow. Anything works, bottle caps tend to be the easiest. I have used books before as well.
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This could be just the (cheap) ticket I need. But will it work? The outside of my laptop gets hot to the touch (not scalding hot, like when you get sizzling food at a restaurant or don't put milk in your McDonald's coffee, but more than sauna hot).
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Being the poor cheapskate that I am, I will try bottlecaps first (because my textbooks are all different widths). Plus, I can implement that idea right now (I've already cleaned what dust I can find).

By TIM means Thermal Interface Material? You mean something like this: http://www.overclockers.com/replacing-thermal-interface-material-on-an-hp-dv7t-laptop/
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elevate laptop
get a laptop cooler
cut a hole some the intake fan get's more air
replace TIM
Open laptop and remove dust.
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