How to Replace the Toshiba Satellite Cooling Fan

By Ezekiel James

The fan in your Toshiba Satellite serves one purpose--to keep your central processing unit cool. If your CPU gets too warm it can damage important computer hardware or melt your motherboard. This can be catastrophic to the life if your laptop. When your cooling fan goes bad, it is important to replace it promptly. Although this is not a terribly difficult task, it is important to be very careful when disassembling your laptop.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Antistatic wrist wrap

Step 1

Turn off your Toshiba Satellite laptop, disconnect the power cable, remove the battery pack from its compartment and disconnect any other cables or devices.

Step 2

Attach an antistatic wrist wrap to your wrist while attaching the wire clip to the casing of the laptop. This helps to prevent any shock from static electricity.

Step 3

Open the LCD screen as far as it will go. Use a small, flat-head screwdriver to pry up the keyboard cover. The cover is a thin strip of plastic located between the laptop's keyboard and the LCD screen. Remove the keyboard cover from the laptop base and set it to the side.

Step 4

Remove the two exposed Phillips-head screws attaching the keyboard to the laptop base. Lift the keyboard from the laptop, and then place it face-down over the laptop's trackpad and palm rest. Disconnect the keyboard's ribbon cable from the system board.

Step 5

Remove the four Phillips-head screws securing the fan shield in place. Remove the fan shield from the laptop.

Step 6

Remove the four Phillips-head screws securing the fan to the system board. Lift the cooling can from the laptop, disconnect the fan cable from the system board, and then set the cooling can to the side. The cooling can is a large metal piece. The cooling fan is located inside. The cooling can sits on top of the CPU.

Step 7

Install the new cooling fan by repeating the previous steps in reverse order.