I have a new issue with my laptop (3-yr old Lenovo ThinkPad T61 running Windows XP). For a few months, it has been running hot, hotter than before. A couple months ago I took off the keyboard to clean any dust that might have accumulated under.
The laptop is still running very hot. I have been wondering whether the fan was malfunctioning so I installed SpeedFan. I cannot find much documentation on how to use SpeedFan, but when I go under "configure", no fan is listed on the fan tab. I also don't find "fan" listed anywhere in the BIOS.
So I'm wondering whether my fan died, or if there might be a bad connection somewhere. Any idea how I can assess that?
If my fan died, how hard is it to replace, and is it just a hardware swap or is there a systems aspect to it?