my fan on my laptop is not working could it be a virus

January 28, 2013 at 11:35:02
Specs: Windows 7

it says that my fans on my HP Pavilion are not working that they might be blocked .is it safe for me to open the computer back .



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January 28, 2013 at 11:40:09

Never known a virus disable fans - normally a hardware fault.

EDIT:
Agree with follow up posts, dust quite likely and is relatively easy to remove. While you are in there clean case vents and CPU heat sink (probably mentioned in one of the links below - not checked).

"safe for me to open the computer back". In what way?
Before working inside, remove the main battery as well as the power - then hold the power on/off button in for a few seconds to discharge everything.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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January 28, 2013 at 15:41:00

Try the compressed 'air' can first if it is a laptop and open the side panel and use the compressed air can if it is a desktop. If it has never been done before, it is possible that there is quite a bit of build up. Do not vacuum inside, but get one ready to clean up the mess you will make near by when you are finished.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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