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T61 overheating issues.

2008-11-08, 0:33 AM
Hi, my T61 has been pushing 70C under load (videos, defragging) recently, and I'd like to open if up and clean out the heatsink/fan. While im there, i'd also like to replace the thermal paste. Will doing this void my warranty? If so, i'll wait a few months.
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Re: T61 overheating issues.

2008-11-08, 3:03 AM
why don't you send it in for repair?
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Re: T61 overheating issues.

2008-11-08, 4:31 AM

Well, that would leave me without a machine for a fair amount of time, and I'd generally prefer resolving this in 3-4 hours.  In addition,I'dlike to reserve warranty for thingsI cant solve myself.

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Re: T61 overheating issues.

2008-11-08, 5:28 AM

I wouldn't be touching the thermal paste...just in case something else goes wrong while your machine is in warranty...

 

Have you tried using ThinkPad Fan Control? The latest version (0.50) has been designed with T61 as a default machine...you may want to give it a shot.

 

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Good luck and let us know.

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Re: T61 overheating issues.

2008-11-08, 16:08 PM

"I wouldn't be touching the thermal paste..."

 

I second George. Normally there's no reason to replace the thermal paste. It doesn't "wear out." It just lies there, doing its job, pretty much forever.

 

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Re: T61 overheating issues.

2008-11-08, 16:19 PM

I'm actually using TPFanControl atm, that's how i get the temps =)

 

Well, the built in thermal pads that come with the laptop arent that good at doing their job, so I'd like to replace that. As well, disassembling the heatsink/fan assembly would require the removal of the heatsink from the cpu/gpu, and I'd might as well replace the thermal paste while im there (have about 3 grams left of OCZ Freeze)

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Re: T61 overheating issues.

2008-11-08, 17:10 PM

"disassembling the heatsink/fan assembly would require the removal of the heatsink from the cpu/gpu, and I'd might as well replace the thermal paste while im there"

 

Yes, in that case - you're removing the heatsink - it would be a good idea to clean away the old paste and apply new paste.

 

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Re: T61 overheating issues.

2008-11-09, 15:37 PM
Yes, butwill it void the warranty?
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Re: T61 overheating issues.

2008-11-09, 16:15 PM

Hello,

 

yes your warranty will be void. It´s not a CRU.

 

I would first check if some dust is the problem.

 

Look at this site, there are video instructions for opening your system.

That won´t void your warranty

Then take a vucuum cleaner, switch motor to slow or some compressed air to blow out the dust.

And may clean the little vent with a toothstick.

 

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Re: T61 overheating issues.

2008-11-09, 16:58 PM
Will my warranty be void if I open the machine? If I take off the heatsink, will it be void, and finally, how do I blow out dust if the heatsink is still installed?
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