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This guide will show you how to replace a cooling fan for an Alienware 17 R2 laptop. Cooling fans are what keep a laptop from overheating. So replacing a broken cooling fan for your laptop is important when it comes to keeping your laptop healthy. You must follow the instructions shown exactly, to avoid damaging any cables and other parts within the laptop.

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  1. Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement, Cooling Fan: step 1, image 1 of 2 Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement, Cooling Fan: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Use the Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the two 4 mm screws from the back cover.

    • Pull the back cover up and slide off.

  2. Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 3 Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 3 Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Look for the yellow tab inside the computer.

    • Disconnect the black wire with the yellow tab.

    • This disconnects the battery.

  3. Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the cables outlined in the red boxes from the motherboard.

  4. Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Remove all sixteen of the screws on the underside of the laptop.

    • Eight 2.5mm x 8mm

    • Six 2.5mm x 10mm

    • Two 2.5mm x 18mm

  5. Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Gently, separate and remove the plastic palm rest.

  6. Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Gently, disconnect the fan cable.

  7. Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 Alienware 17 R2 Cooling Fan Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the two 5 mm screws from the fan.

    • Finally, remove the fan from the rest of the laptop.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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It looks like fan removal requires the motherboard to be taken out because there is a metal flange on the bottomside of the fans that go along the copper heatpipe. I cannot lift the fans much and no room to pivot the flange out of the way to get the fans out.

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Yep motherboard removal is necessary! There are guides on Youtube. Be careful of the WIFI wires, they nick easily and the circular connectors are delicate, use fingers not metal tool. Also require screen removal. Keep a hand on it as you take off the screws for the hinges so there is no strain.

Requires Phillips #00 for the small screw of the SSD stick and a few others not just Phillips #0

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Motherboard removal is necessary because on my 4th gen i7 Intel R2 laptop, the fan screws are on the underside, so when it's all put together, the screws are under the motherboard and the non-removable underbody plastic is covering it. Have to remove the motherboard, flip it over so you see all the heat pipes.

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