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VAIOESeries How to Disassemble Sony VAIO E Series to Clean Up The Fan Intro

It’s been a while since the last time i update this blog. As you can see from the last post before this, I use Sony VAIO VPCEA16FG notebook for work and gaming. It’s performing great for 15 months now. But then, recently, the left part of the keyboard felt rather hot than it was.

So I download HWMonitor (64bit version) and checked the CPU temperature of my notebook. The result is 48 – 51 Celsius at 5 minutes after I start it up, and leave it idle. And after I run MS Flight Simulator for around 10 minutes, it jumps to 85 – 88 Celsius, and the fan starts roaring that reminds me of an airplane getting ready to take off. It’s trying it’s best to cool down the hot temperature by spinning faster. But it failed. The CPU temperature is still around 85 – 88 Celsius.

After googling here and there, I found that many people have this problem too. This is caused by thick dusts on the fan. Blocking the airflow that supposed to release the heat. The cure is, of course, by cleaning up the dusts. So I gathered my guts to disassemble my VPCEA16FG by myself, and took some pictures I to make a little documentation. I hope this guide can help people with their overheating VAIO notebook.

 

Warning and Precaution

  • By disassembling your VAIO, you will void the warranty (if any). If the warranty is still valid, do not continue. Instead, take your VAIO to your local Sony Certified Service Center and ask them to clean it for you. Don’t forget to bring along your warranty card.
  • I do not and will not take any responsible for any damage caused by this guide.
  • I made this guide merely to help other people having overheating and noisy fan on their VAIO notebook.
  • I fix the overheating and noisy problem in my VAIO notebook, but I do not guarantee or promise you will get the same result as I do.
  • If you’re not sure you can do this yourself, then don’t. Either take your VAIO to Sony Certified Service Center, or ask someone you know capable.
  • Again… Do this at your own risk!

 

Required Tools

  • Small Phillip head screwdriver that matched the screws size.
  • Jumbo Hurricane Blower to blow the dust away. Do not use your mouth.
  • Paint brush to brush the dust away.
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  • Credit / ATM Card to slide and crack open the notebook.
  • Magnet to hold your removed screws, so you don’t lose any (optional).

 

The steps

  • (Optional Step). Before we start cleaning up, you might want to download and run HWMonitor to check the idle temperature and the heavy load temperature of your VAIO. So that you can compare them later. Idle temperature is the temperature after about 5 minutes after you start your VAIO and leave it alone, and heavy load temperature is when you check temperature after opening heavy applications or games, and let them run a while.
  1. Remove the charger cable, USB stick, mouse, and any attached cable / peripheral from your notebook.
  2. Put your notebook on a soft and level surface (eg. on your bed), bottom side up.
  3. Unlock and remove the battery.
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  4. Using the phillip head screwdriver, remove all the screws. Screw locations are marked on the following picture.
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  5. Remove the memory cover. Removing memory module is not necessary.
  6. Make sure you remove the 2 screws marked below, then pull out the DVD drive carefully.
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  7. Remove the Hard Drive cover. Then, remove the 2 little screws (see picture below) that hold the Hard Drive bracket.
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  8. Carefully slide the Hard Drive to the left until it’s completely detached from the socket.
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  9. Hold the transparent plastic and pull the Hard Drive out to the right.
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  10. Make sure you removed all the screws in step no 4 above. Carefully hold your notebook with one hand so that you are looking at the battery slot, then carefully slide in a credit / ATM card to the corner part where the base of the notebook meets the upper part. Lift the card a little bit to split them. Do the same to the other corner if needed.
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  11. Do not open the base part just yet. Lie down your notebook like in step no 2 above. Then slowly lift the base part upward. Just like opening a suitcase. If you feel something is stuck, do not force it. Shake the base part a little bit and try again.
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  12. By this time, you can see the dusts at the marked spots.
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  13. But the main target is the fan. So let’s clean it up carefully with paint brush. Then blow the dust outward. Locate the Jumbo Hurricane Blower between the fan’s blades. Repeat step 13 until the fan’s blades are clean, and you can’t see any dust anymore when you blow them with the blower.
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  14. OK, the fan is clean now. But we are going to clean the other parts as well. Such as the base part that we removed just now. You can brush and blow them like we did to the fan, of use a dry cloth to wipe it clean.
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  15. Now that your VAIO is cleaned up, we can now reassembly it. It’s as simple as reversing the steps given above.
  16. If you downloaded the HWMonitor above, you can now check the temperature of your VAIO. After starting it up, run HWMonitor and leave it idle for 5 minutes. Note the idle temperature. This is my VAIO’s idle temperature after cleaning up.
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  17. Now try to open heavy applications or games to make the CPU work hard. Converting video file or play high CPU and GPU demanding games is recommended. After 1 hour or so, note the temperature again. This is my notebook’s temperature after 2 hours playing MS Flight Simulator (the game still running).
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Notes

  • Because I live in a tropical country, my room temperature is around 28 – 30 Celsius.
  • No Air Conditioner was used during the test.
  • No notebook cooler was used during the test.
  • I hope this guide can help you fixing the VAIO overheat and noisy fan problem.

Posted By: LiveDeviL
Last Edit: 30 Mar 2012 @ 02:15 PM

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  1. LiveDeviL says:

    Hello valexbast :)
    Sorry for the very late reply. Thank you to find this post useful.

    1. As long as the replacement hard drive connection (socket and type) is exactly the same, then it will replace well. So make sure you check it before purchasing it.
    2. Yes. Absolutely. To replace hard drive, you will only need to follow steps 7 – 9.

  2. Edison says:

    big help sir. i have the same laptop as you and i’ve been using mine for 2 years now. my laptop heats up upto 80 degrees even when im just browsing the net. i’ll muster up my courage to open my laptop (first time to do so). thank you for the step by step guide! it will be of good refernce.

  3. Edison says:

    sir, does your laptop randomly shuts down due to the heat?

    LiveDeviL Reply:

    @Edison, Hello Edison,
    Before I clean up the fan, my laptop also heats up to even 88 Celcius, and it also roars as if it’s ready to take off. :D But that happened when I played CPU and GPU hungry games. If I used it for browsing only, it “only” reach up to around 72 Celcius. So I think it’s a good idea to do a fan cleaning for your lappie. I myself have done this the 2nd time last April (around 6 months since I posted these steps). I can really see the difference before and after the cleaning. No more overheating, no more roaring fan. No more warm feeling when I put my left hand on the left part of the keyboard.

    About the randomly shuts down due to the heat, no. My laptop never randomly shuts down, before or after the cleaning. I think you should clean it up before it gets worse and damage your laptop. Of course you must do it calmly and follow every steps above carefully. :)

    Well, if you’re gonna do it, please share your experience and result here. Good luck Sir! :)

  4. Axyraandas says:

    I had the same problem, but with slightly different symptoms. When it overheated, the mouse cursor would start flickering across the screen and randomly clicking things, usually minimizing my programs or making a bunch of unneeded ones open up. The cursor is unresponsive to touch pad controls, so I had to use a USB mouse to safely close things and find this site.

  5. Andrew says:

    After disassembly, I cleaned the fan with a vacuum cleaner. Then I fixed all the parts back. But the laptop won’t turn on, the power buttons blinks every 2 seconds after attempted to switch on the laptop. I’ve redisassemble and checked everything inside it is screwed back into each position for 3 times now. Same problem occurs. Anyone knows as to why this happen?

  6. Shawn says:

    Thanks for the procedure. I found my blockage was mostly on the interior side of the heat sink. It is really hard to get to and clean thoroughly since it’s covered by the fan shroud. You can inspect it with a flashlight. Make sure to get this area clean as the dust on the blades probably has minimal impact.

    Andrew, maybe you’re battery is run down. Let it charge a bit before restarting. I’ve had that problem with my old laptop battery that was close to death.

  7. Kevin says:

    Shawn is correct, the fan may appear to be clean on the outside but it is invariably blocked inside. Once the fan and heat sink are removed, open the fan itself up by removing the tiny screws that hold it together. Now fold back the fan from the vent part and gently lift the rotor blad from the spindle. Now clean the rotor blade with some cleaning product (I used a bathroom cleaner type spray). Leave to soak and then wash off and dry properly.

    Now look inside the body of the fan at the vents and clean out all the dirt and dust with a can of compressed air. Do not get cleaning product near this part as it contains the magnetic conductor. A vacuum cleaner may not get in there as it is tiny.

    Once the fan is all clean, put the dry rotor blade back on the spindle, fold the fan casing back down and reinsert those tiny screws.

    You will now need to clean the old thermal paste off the heatsink and the CPU/Grapics Chip. Use a lint free cloth, and a soft plastic spudger and 90% alcohol solution to remove all the residue. DO NOT use any metal tool to scrape off the muck as you must not scratch the heatsink pads or CPU/Graphics Chip. Any scratches on the heatsink will reduce its ability to disipate the heat.

    Once the Heatsink pads/CPU/Graphics chips are all nice and clean, you need to apply some decent thermal paste (eg arctic 5 or MX-2). Apply only a small quantity like size of a small peppercorn to the middle of both the CPU chip and Graphics chip. This will spread evenly when the heatsink is reattached to the board covering the surface of each of those 2 chips sufficiently. If you apply too much paste it will go all over the processor and board which will prevent efficient heat transfer and possibly cause failure of the chips and surrounding components.

    It is an easy job but dont rush it or start without the necessary tools/products mentioned above.

    My VPC-EC idles at 29 and never seems to go above 60 having carried out this procedure. The fan is very quiet, only really noticeable between 50 and 60 degrees.

    Good luck.

  8. mahesh says:

    After assembling my audio device stopped working i hope there is an error in hardware connection
    volume icon is in mute state and troubleshoot cant identify problem

    hope there is a quick reply and better solution

    thanks in advance

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