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Toshiba Satellite P35-S6292 Laptop Repaired

By on October 5, 2013

This article brings home the “every six months” problem with my Toshiba Satellite P35-S6292 laptop…. Granted, I have physically abused mine, through seven years of international travel…. I would guess that it has travelled over 150,000 miles of international travel, as well as several thousand miles of domestic travel…… It has been tossed around in the car, and has worn out three travel bags….lol

It has an absolutely horribly-designed cooling system. It sucks air from the bottom, using two fans. It does not take much dust in the ‘radiator fins’ to thermally shut it down….. The fins are maybe 0.5mm spacing….. Throw in a smoking girlfriend, (her cigarettes, not her good looks…), and the cooling system clogs quickly…..

One has to tear down this laptop…. completely!!!!, just to properly clean it. A short-term solution is to put a vacuum on the fan input grills, as you hit the exhaust ports with compressed air, from a 100 psi, (6.9 bar), air hose. Do not even try using a spray can of air! That will get you a few extra days/weeks…. But eventually, you have to take it apart…

Here are some pics, taken from several cleanings. I have to clean it about every 6 months!


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There is an excellent site to explain how to disassemble this (, and several other computers… But…, there are some ‘tricks’, learned the hard way…. Otherwise, little plastic pieces break….. So, go slow! Do not force stuff apart. After several cleanings, there will be broken plastics…. It is a fact of life!…lol

Alcohol & cotton-tipped sticks are a MUST! And, you must be patience….. Also, be prepared to put new heatsink compound on the CPU….. And…, be sure to use a plastic ‘credit card’ to separate the plastic, snap-together shell parts!!! I keep several, used ‘gift cards’ around the work area…, just to safely open the plastic cases of various things…. Remember, the manufacturers do not ever intend for someone to fix it… They want you to replace it!!!

Just thought you might be interested in my experience….. I am working up another article for you, concerning those cheap ‘solar lights’ for the garden…..


Tom “Capt36” Hayes

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This article was prepared for you by Tom “Capt36” Hayes a former Broadcast Engineer at WATL-TV26 Atlanta, GA- USA. Please give a support by clicking on the social buttons below. Your feedback on the post is welcome. Please leave it in the comments.

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  1. john

    October 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    really enjoyed the article especialy how after time the plastic can break easily found it reassuring that its a fact of life not just a case of being clumsy and that the time spent on servicing the laptop pays of with the smoother running and life extension of the laptop very good article

  2. John

    October 5, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for all your articles. They are very educative and have helped me a lot. Once again, thank you.

  3. Komdiv

    October 6, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Unfortunately, most other laptops have exactly the same problem with the cooling system. Overtime it got clogged up with dust and the laptop started overheating like crazy.
    I just cleaned up the cooling module on a Dell Inspiron 1764 laptop and it was FULL of dust.
    Like you, I had to disassemble the entire laptop to access the heat sink.
    I didn't apply thermal compound on the processor but just cleaning it help it a lot.
    Here's how I did it:

  4. Wm. Carey

    October 6, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Great articles, I worked on Electronics since the Tube days, late
    1950s and 1960s boy has things changed, I know how much effort you
    put into these articles Thanks!!!!

  5. Adrian Saun

    October 6, 2013 at 5:17 am

    I have a Toshiba Satellite PSA10A with the same problem you just described. I took it apart and made a through cleaning and found out that the fan is not working.Heat sink thermal compound on CPU all dried and cracked.
    I cannot find thermal compound here in Papua New Guinea to replace.
    Thanks for additional tips.


    • Tom

      October 6, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Perhaps if you email your shipping address to Justine, with a request to forward it to me....., you will get some heat-sink compound, sooner than you think...

  6. Gary Gemmell

    October 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Looking forward to the article on solar powered garden lights.

    None you buy (even the expensive ones at the local garden centre last more than a few months) - primarily because they are not sealed properly - just a little silicone sealant mainly around the edges of the top solar panel and seal the internal cup from moisture and all will be well otherwise the battery will rust up and the main circuit board will absorb moisture resulting in ic , solder joints etc failure.

  7. David

    October 6, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I have had the same exact problem with all the toshiba sattelites I've had over the years. It's a lot of work getting into the cooling fan. In my opinion all cooling fans should be easily accessible.

  8. Michael holland

    October 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I am still laughing, I have same problem- smoking girlfriend except my problem was with HP DV4-2045 AMD video chipset that I removed and replaced and it was due to bad cooling system(foam pad) I used a copper shim and it seems to be found ok . Maybe some blogs on reballing chipsets would be good info.
    This was a great read and good info Thank you for the how to's

  9. raymundo saura

    October 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

    thanks for this article this will be helpful on my part on my repairs thanks and GOD bless

  10. Gary Ross

    October 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

    very good write-up I've had desktops get cloged up with dust and grime too.
    Thanks, Gary

  11. rabah

    October 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    thank very much,,,,

  12. Olusegun

    October 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I like it thanks for the tips.

  13. Tyrone.

    October 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Very good article,thank you Jestine.

  14. Gurpreet

    October 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks very much for your this educative and helpful article. God bless you.

  15. Adnan A M

    October 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for the effort done for explaining this, really it reveals a lot in refining our info about inside the laptops, appreciate..

  16. Percy Ichchaporia

    October 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Hi Jestine that is a very nice article given by Tom "Capt 36" Hayes for sharing his knowledge with us.Thank you.

    • Jestine Yong

      October 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

      HI Percy,

      You are welcome and we have to thanks Tom for his contribution.


  17. Lalit

    October 7, 2013 at 2:27 am

    I like the way to open a laptop in a well mannered form...on the table all the different component and diff. screw are placed in very proper way...Thanks again JEStine for this Article...

    • Jestine Yong

      October 7, 2013 at 10:11 am

      HI Lalit,

      Special thanks to Tom for his contribution also.


  18. john

    October 7, 2013 at 4:31 am

    The article made me smile, a man after my own heart! A good read.

  19. petr

    October 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Thank's good article

  20. Peter

    October 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    That's a good one. This is the curse that is killing older HP laptops, poor cooling system design. Design engineers have to come up with a way to enable easy cleaning of laptop cooling systems! the DIY way, 'not the 'not working? then replace way'

    • Robert

      October 8, 2013 at 12:41 am

      I have a laptop pad that I keep my laptop on. It has 2 fans that blow on my laptop when it's plugged into the USB port. The fan in my laptop rarely even comes on.

  21. Tsepo

    October 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Jestine
    i like the methods you use that is- to use images in your books which
    makes the point you are saying to stick easily to my head.

    Thanks, keep it up.

  22. Abdoulie F Bah

    October 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks very much for sharing this important article, you are really great person wish you and family success.

  23. Humberto

    October 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Good article. God beless you

  24. Mark Tembo

    October 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing the article with some of us! I do appreciate, and God bless.

  25. Robert

    October 8, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Thanks for the article, Tom. It's important to keep a computer clean and cool.

  26. jacob

    October 8, 2013 at 6:10 am

    thanks for the article,i am using Toshiba Tecra,and i dread the day that i will open it,i thank God for having you guys in my life

  27. solo

    October 9, 2013 at 5:50 am

    thanks for this help, this is going to help us on computers

  28. bluemango

    October 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

    thank you Sir Justine and Tom for sharing this article. God Bless.

  29. Tripp

    October 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Loved the laptop repair. Tom you must be an expert at tearing down and assembling that laptop. I once replaced a keyboard on a laptop but to compleatly tear one down, that takes some bravery.


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