Fixing the fan on my noisy Lenovo s10e
I’ve written before about my trusty Lenovo s10e, which I’ve had for about a year now.
Recently though I’ve been loving my little netbook a lot less, as the fan was making such an atrocious noise that people on the other side of my office were complaining. Sadly this seems to be a common problem.
Today I decided to dive in and have a look, using the hardware maintenance manual as my guide. There was nothing obvious wrong with the heat sink and fan assembly (other than the pathetic jury rig of spacers and heat conductive plastic). I was however able to remove the fan itself from the rest of the assembly (after taking out 3 more little screws), and it turns out that it’s held together by magnetic force, making it a snap to detach the fan vanes from the motor mechanism.
After putting on a dab of high temperature CV grease (of the sort that I have for motorcycle maintenance) I put everything back together and we’re back to silent(ish) running. Hopefully I’ll have a few days of happy use before my s10-3t arrives and the s10e heads into the family hand-me-down hardware cascade.
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