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help w noisy x201

2020-07-31, 0:26 AM

I am looking for a solution for a noisy Thinkpad x201 that occasionally overheats to the point of shutting itself down. I have thought of replacing this machine but put in an SSD at the start of the year and it is adequately fast for my primary machine (i5-M520 2.4GHz). I have not yet opened the computer to assess the dust buildup. I would like to ask first if this machine is known to be notoriously noisy? I have one other machine, an x200s that is extremely quiet but also about half the speed. 

 

OpenHardwareMonitor shows temps hovering around 55 +/-10 degC with a specified max of 70 (not sure if it reads this max from the BIOS). I just watched a video about TPFanControl from sourceforge which enables the ability to throttle the fan or maybe I can the fan from the x200s would fit before monitoring the temps closely, but the fan in the x201 is probably larger (noisier) for a reason. Any recommendations on a quiet replacement processor fan? Maybe this and some fancy thermal paste would go a long way .. then I could go on content for another half a decade. Still should probably take a look first, any leads on a solid disassembly guide?

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2020-07-31, 5:10 AM

Here is the manual.  Replacing the fan is more complicated than many other models.  It is under the motherboard.  There is no option other than the normal OEM fan.


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Re:help w noisy x201

2020-07-31, 14:21 PM

would a replacement fan be any more quiet?

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