Solved Air duct not aligned with CPU

July 1, 2011 at 13:24:02
Specs: Windows 7, Intel 3.06 GHz/ 2 gigs
I noticed that air duct is not aligned with processor properly. Actually its misaligned by a full air duct diameter length to the right of the processor. Is this normal? Does air duct serve its purpose at all? Should I keep it that way or should I remove the air duct?

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July 1, 2011 at 13:42:49
I've see old Dells with a so called air duct. If it was like that from the factory, let it be. You probably wouldn't need it, but it can't hurt to let it alone unless you're getting overheating.

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July 1, 2011 at 17:03:52
If you can adjust it with ease then do it.

If it is simply a bad design and can't be fixed then either send back the unit or leave it if the fault is only small.

Not sure it is needed but it would depend on how the fan and duct work to cool the part in question.

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July 2, 2011 at 00:48:25
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It may well be that the air duct is designed to channel air across the heatsink rather than straight down onto it. Do you have any reason to suspect that the current design is not working properly? If it's working OK then don't worry about it.

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July 19, 2011 at 10:33:20
Well, there are no problems with temperatures: at idle cpu temp hover around 35 °C, at load up to 55 °C ( although I've never tested it at full load for a longer periods since I have no intention to use this machine more than for watching movies and basic office tasks).

To show you what the situation looks like, I took a pic: (of course mid the perspective, side panel edges are aligned).

You can clearly see that cpu and air duxt are verticaly misaligned.

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