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03 January 2006 @ 12:27 pm
Laptop update  
The freezing up is *definitely* a heat issue. When we set it up with a fan on high to provide airflow for cooling, it worked just fine for a couple of hours, which leads me to believe that the cooling fan is broken. If I've got this right, the cooling fan and the mother board are a single unit in the Thinkpads (and most laptops), so the motherboard would have to be replaced?

The good news is once it was running with the fan blowing on it, I was able to back up all of my data, pictures, email files, logs, etc. - a big relief.

-the redhead-
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lunassalunassa on January 3rd, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear you're having computer trouble, I know how it sucks, my fan is out on the powersource and we're waiting for the new one, praying it won't fry before then.

I've sent you a couple of emails in the last month or two, I figured I'd check if you got them seeing as how you've been having trouble.
Brown Eyed Girlbrowneyedgirl65 on January 3rd, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_with_fan_noise
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/09n8606.pdf (hardware maintenance guide for some thinkpads)
You might be able to search for info here (I don't know which model of Thinkpad you've got): http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/homeLenovo.do?country=us

But a quick look around looks like the fan could very well be independently replaceable...