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Laptop cooling fan broken?

tools and partsIs your laptop running slow or occasionally freezing up on you? When is the last time you flipped it over to see if the little cooling fan is still turning? Even if it is spinning, is the bottom hot to the touch? All you might need is a laptop cooling pad, but maybe you're like me and you don't like any of the boring plastic models available and would rather make your own and save a handful of dollars in the process.

close upstep 3I found a piece of scrap plywood in the barn, cut it to size, lined up the cooling fan hole with the location of the laptop fan, secured the new fan which was scraped out of an old desktop computer power supply (Thanks Steve).final

Attach the legs, power up your fan and you should notice an increase in the smoothness of operations, and a decrease in the heat coming off the bottom. You might not even need the fan, just the increase in space could make enough difference.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Haha, I'm typing on a laptop right now with plywood under it. It's all broken up in appearance, the screen is held up by metal L brackets, and the fan is broken. hahaha.

The children call it my "frankentop". (Frankenstein Laptop)

Comment by Christian Wed Mar 14 20:11:19 2012
Wow, Mark used brackets on our hinges too (or threatened to. I can't remember now --- we finally upgraded.) Enjoy your frankentop!
Comment by anna Thu Mar 15 08:31:13 2012

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