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Cleaned my laptop for the first time in seven years!

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I bought my laptop (Toshiba Satellite 3005-S403) back in 2001. I have partially taken it apart once or twice before, but never looked inside the fan/heatsink unit. OMG that thing was dirty! I'd say the thing had only about a few square millimeters of space left for air to flow through the heatsink.

First two pictures show the dust-clogged heatsink. The third pic shows the removed dust-sink (it retained the shape of the cooling fins).

I'm surprised it hasn't overheated. This thing has seen near-continuous use for the past few years.


    
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That doesn't look bad at all. My sister's laptop of 3 years had so much dust, the fins were completely clogged and the fan no longer could spin. It loaded at 95c and as soon as it hit 100 it shut off.

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