PC hardware forum: How to clean CPU Fan by a newbie.

by: Scott274 August 14, 2008 12:16 PM PDT

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How to clean CPU Fan by a newbie.

by Scott274 - 8/14/08 12:16 PM

Friends, I have this 4 year old intel fan which is making a lot of disturbing noise. Thats

probably because of the dust accumulated in it since long time. I usually just dust it

lightly with a brush from the top sometimes but that doesn't help the noise at all. Can

someone explain me how to remove my CPU fan so as to clean it without causing any major

problems like processor getting burned etc. Do you think it can be done safely by a PC

newbie like me once every six months.


My CPU Fan is square in shape with side long white flaps on two sides which can be flipped

up. There are no noticable screws anywhere on the fan. I have tried to search for pictures

similar to my fan model on google but couldn't find any.


Further I had once tried removing the CPU Fan myself. Here is how.. Slowly flipped up the

two white flaps and felt the fan relax a little. Then holding the fan on either side just

below the flaps, tried pulling it up with little more than gentle force. The fan just

wouldn't come off..!! I dared not put any more force in case I was pulling at the wrong

thing. Then just quietly put the flaps back in place and haven't tried since. Should I

try once more guys..

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