|Yes, it's true...the fan and heat sink are nearly impossible to get to. That's why when I cleaned it I used an entire can of compressed air trying to shoot it in those areas. No warranty, it's expired. |
The thing I find to be so very strange about all this is that Windows says the shutdown is happening because of the BSOD. Through the research I've done it seems to me that BSOD can be a HARDWARE problem????
I was getting, like I said in my first statement, BSOD errors, Fatal Errors with a blue screen...sometimes I would turn it on and Windows would not be able to load so I would do a start-up repair and it worked. I'm utterly confused! I'm thinking I have more than one issue to deal with here and it's very upsetting. Right now I'm on my old lappie which is also a Compaq C502US and the hard drive is so full it runs really slow and I can't do Windows updates. This one is running Vista Home Basic and it's because of the partition that Vista automatically creates, I guess. That, plus I have 2 gigs of RAM and it's only recognizing one! I took this RAM out of my other laptop and switched them because I had just bought the RAM in my other laptop so I knew it was good. I checked the way I had installed it to make sure they were plugged in properly and ??? Well, this laptop IS my back-up, but it's been extremely good to me. I've spilled water on it twice and a black cherry soda once. (You never saw a laptop come apart so fast in your life!) and it still runs, but barely. It's about to quit on me so I've GOT to get my other one up and slowly put this poor old workhorse back together.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question. I guess I'm going to have to go to a website where they show you step by step how to take my laptop apart so I can replace the fan. Now I'm wondering if I shouldn't have ordered a new heat sink with the fan? It's not like I have a bunch of money either, or I wouldn't be doing this work myself, so I just don't know. It sure is a nice lappie...if it worked!