Fans fail eventually.. It's fairly common and a replacement will sometimes take care of the issue. When you replace the fan, be sure to use compressed air to blow out all the vents and other locations where dust and gunk can't collect inside the laptop case.
Hope this helps.
I have a problem with my HP 530 laptop, bought in July 2007:
The left side of the computer gets really hot and when the fan is about to start, there is a strange sound (like a small petrol motor suffocating from not having enough gas). Approx. 20 minutes after turning the laptop on, it switches itself off. By then, the left side of the computer is really warm.
The same thing happened twice before: 1 month ago and 6 month ago. Both times, I opened the chassi, took out the fan and cleaned it. After that, the laptop worked fine. Now the same problem comes back, very soon after cleaning the fan last time (one month ago).
My questions are:
1) Is the fan my problem? Would bying a new fan solve the problem?
2) Could it be something else (not the fan) that is malfunctioning? Could fixing/buying that "something" solving the problem?
3) Should I just give up and by a new laptop instead?
My general knowledge about computers is low.
Would be very happy for advices!
Specifications of my HP 530 Laptop:
Processor: Intel Celeron M 410 1 MB cache
Chipset: Intel Mobile 945GML Express
Processor speed: 1.46 GHz
Type of memory: DDR II SDRAM - 533MHz - PC2-4200
Maximum memory (as I have): 2 GB
Size of hard disc: 80 GB 5400 RPM
Type of hard disc: Serial-ATA
Sreen size: 15.4 tum WXGA BrightView
Maximum sreen resolution: 1280 x 800 bp
Grafics card: Intel GMA 950, upp till 224 MB
Optical unit: DVD