Over the past couple of months, the fan has been dying on my Vostro 1000 laptop, running intermittently and allowing the computer to overheat in just a few minutes. The diagnostics tests indicate that the fun is not running at all. I see that Dell has both a replacement fan and the heatsink available for my laptop on their website. However, I do not know for sure what I need to order and how I actually go about replacing the fan part. Do I probably need the fan only? Or should I order the heatsink and the fan both? (This computer has been out of its warranty period for well over a year now so that's not a factor.)
So I am really asking two questions... first, what part(s) do I need to order? and second, how do I actually get to the area where the fan is housed so I can replace it? I have tried searching the internet but couldn't find anything that specifically showed / explained how to do it for my computer. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!
The heatsink doesn't need to be replaced but probably needs a good cleaning. Remove it, remove the thermal material underneath, clean thoroughly and replace the thermal interface with new material.
The fan is this one:
The service manual is here
Thanks so much!