10-03-2011 09:02 AM
I have an almost 3-year old T500. Lately I've been noticing that it seems to run a bit hot. Speedfan reports that the core temps are just around 50F at 23% avg utilization.
1. Is my observation/concern correct that it might be running too hot?
2. If so, I'm wondering if airflow got clogged by detritus (dog-hair, etc.) over the past 3 years and if there is a simple and safe way to open the laptop and see if I can clear out some dirt from the air flow path?
3. Could there be another explanation?
Thank you all.
10-03-2011 10:46 AM
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10-03-2011 03:21 PM
10-03-2011 05:22 PM
With another T-series thinkpad that I owned, I saw the same effect after three years. Spraying the fan with canned air dramatically improved the cooling performance.
Lenovo publishes a hardware maintenance manual PDF which tells you everything you need to know to disassemble the machine. I disassembled it to the point where I had easy access to the areas around the fan, but I didn't remove the CPU or remove the system board from the case (both are bad ideas.)
10-03-2011 06:46 PM
@ColonelONeill: THanks. Holy cow, that's a lot of paper. The disassembly instructions I need cover more than 20 pages!
Oh boy, it may be easier to send it in for warranty work, it's still covered under the extended warranty.