Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    3
    Points
    0

    Default Cleaning CPU fan on IBM ThinkCentre

    I have an IBM ThinkCentre PC, that the CPU fan often spins on high, even when CPU is idling. I have used Dust Off spray to try to clean the fan, but obviously have not gotten all the dust out. Is it possible to remove the CPU fan to clean the fan and heatsink, without disturbing the interface between the CPU and the heatsink? And how do I do it?

    Manufacturer IBM
    Product Name 81874EU
    Serial Number KCXH6RC
    Machine Type AT/AT COMPATIBLE

    I have googled this question, with several wordings, but all I get for results is sites selling ThinkCentres.

    Thanks in advance,
    allstondave

  2. #2
    Member Spyware Fighter zep516's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    Posts
    7,181
    Points
    1308

    Default

    What about these instructions:

    How to Remove a CPU Cooling Fan | eHow.com

    Googled "remove the CPU fan to clean the fan and heatsink"

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    3
    Points
    0

    Default Further info

    The CPU, heatsink and fan configuration on ThinkCentres is different than most PCs.



    It appears that you have to remove the whole heatsink to clean it, which would require re-applying thermal paste to the CPU to re-install it...A step I do not feel confident to attempt.

    Thanks in advance,
    allstondave

  4. #4
    Member MrDarn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South East Northumberland
    Posts
    2,949
    Points
    557

    Default

    looking at it, i would think that is the option you are faced with. Have you asked at the local PC shop? they may do what you ask for a minimal fee. Asking the question at my shop round the corner,

    "hi, how much would it cost to have you remove my CPU heatsink and fan from an IBM ThinkCentre PC, give it a good clean and re-fit it?"

    the answer was

    "14 mate, and i can do it now for you if you have it there..."

    sounds reasonable for a professional job...
    Always remember you're unique.


    ...Just like everyone else!
    If your problem is solved, here's how to say thanks!

    Windows XP
    Windows Vista
    Windows 7

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    3
    Points
    0

    Default Thanks Guys

    I am going to try to use an offset screwdriver to remove just the fan, to try and blow out the dust. If that proves unsuccessful, I guess I will take it to a shop.

    Thanks for your quick responses,
    allstondave

  6. #6
    Member MrDarn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South East Northumberland
    Posts
    2,949
    Points
    557

    Default

    That might work also
    Always remember you're unique.


    ...Just like everyone else!
    If your problem is solved, here's how to say thanks!

    Windows XP
    Windows Vista
    Windows 7