Recently, my laptop started acting up. The cooling fan will make a lot of noise and vibrate like mad, making it almost impossible to use the laptop since the vibrations goes straight through to the keyboard. Even if it weren’t for the noise and vibrations, the machine will still occasionally overheat since the fan isn’t running at full speed. So obviously I need to do something about this. I’ve already disassembled the laptop and cleaned the dust out of the fan. While it was out, I noticed that the actual rotor is somewhat loose, so it’s likely that this is what jumbles around. I was unable to massage it back in some useful state and I gave it oil but to no avail. So I’m down to either replacing the laptop or replacing the fan.
The laptop is a two-and-a-half year old Zepto machine and has worked brilliantly throughout its lifetime. The battery is still good and I’m not to keen on replacing it right now since I haven’t got the money.
Therefore I’ve been searching on the web for a spare fan. I found that the fan is the same that sits in some Acer Travelmate models, so there are plenty of stores that stocks it. The cheapest one I’ve found is approximately 60$ (including shipping) which seems to be a little on the high end though. So my question is: where do you find cheap spare parts for laptops? Are there any really good online shops that anyone can recommend (or perhaps some good shops in Copenhagen)?
The fan in question is called “AB0605UX-TB3″ and I’ve uploaded some pictures of it.