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A Laptop With Overheating Issued Repaired. Model: Dell Studio

By on July 8, 2020
laptop repair dell overheated

This laptop is actually mine and recently I noticed it is doing a lot of shutting down. The fan on it most of the time is on and from experience I facing another issue of overheating.

dell laptop studio overheat repair

As I took the cover off and exposed what is inside this device, I noticed right away the heat sink that is covering two main chips

and I was very positive that one of them is getting overheated due to the dryness of the thermal paste.

dell laptop studio overheat fixed

dell laptop overheated fixed

That is the heat sink that goes over the main chip and as you can see it was really dry and needed cleaning and new fresh thermal paste to be added on.

how to fix dell laptop overheat problem

It was so dry that I had to scratch the dry thermal paste off. The other IC was ok since it has this rubbery cooling thermal pad already installed.

I added fresh thermal paste to the main chip and re installed the heating sink on top and restarted the laptop.

dell laptop studio fixed

Since this repair was done everything was running smoothly, no shut down and no restart of the laptop. I am actually using this laptop for work and the writing of the articles.

It is kind of old laptop and so far so good but looking forward to getting a new one or better one in the near future.

Mission accomplished.

This article was prepared for you by Waleed Rishmawi, one of our ‘Master Authors’ and currently working in the Bethlehem area of Palestine repairing electrical and electronic equipment.

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  1. Joshua Oloo

    July 8, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Once again it's a very big thanks for the article,you didn't mention the state of the fan whether its ok or not.can we conclude that due to thermal paste dryness contributed to overheating in laptop.Thanks.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      July 10, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      Joshua: the fan was not that dusty but maintained it anyway, sorry I did not mention that in the article. the fan was kicking in fine and was taking too long to stay on which triggered my suspicion. have a blessed day

  2. Andrew F. Ali

    July 8, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Good work

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      July 10, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Andrew: thanks man. have a blessed day

  3. Parasuraman S

    July 8, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Well done! In each article, there is always something to learn from you! Great!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      July 10, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Parasuraman: thank man. I am glad you like the articles. have a blessed day

  4. Lewis Spedding

    July 8, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Great Repair Thank you for sharing

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      July 10, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Lewis: thank man and you are most welcome. have a blessed day

  5. Albert van Bemmelen

    July 8, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    At least we can be sure that the CPU in most of the cases isn't failing because of bga solder problems the other chips like GPU suffer from. Mainly because the CPU almost always is placed in some kind of zero force socket with a handle or lock screw socket to be able to remove it easily if need be. Which hardly ever causes problems. Something for the manufacturers/designers to think about using for the GPU and other multi pin IC's also to escape those frequent bga solder issues.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      July 10, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      Albert: thanks for your detailed input. have a blessed day

  6. Lee

    July 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Waleed
    I always use de-greaser to clean the paste of CPU's 'It turns it into liquid mush that you can wipe away easly.
    Good job as always.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      July 10, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      Lee: what kind of de greaser? I just use an alcohol cleaner.. works fine every time. Have a blessed day

  7. Lee

    July 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    The type you buy from a car parts store.
    Its in a spray can like spray paint.

  8. Joven

    July 16, 2020 at 2:30 am

    You are eagle-eyed to see the problem at a glance. Job well done!


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