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Can I replace Dell laptop cooling fan with any other fan?

Im trying to get this Dell Inspiron 1300 working again. The fan is dead and getting a new or used seem hard. So I end up with an idea to take another fan from Lenovo. Cut the edges with a saw and fitted it. They both three cables fans. Just colours differ.

After assembling it back I can’t get this fan to work. It spins for a two seconds and stops. Any ideas that might help? Or maybe i’ve just damaged this fan with a saw.

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Hi @lost_in_spice ,

Are the specifications on the replacement fan the same as for the original? According to this link it is a 5V 1.8W fan. The specifications should be marked on the centre of the fan

If the specifications are the same then perhaps the sensor in the fan (not sure if it is a rpm sensor or temp sensor) or sensor lead (yellow wire) is faulty

There are some fans online. Just search for Dell Inspiron 1300 fan or MD538. Here’s just one

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Well. Didn't think about that. Fan I took out from Dell didn't had a sticker.

So I'm assuming I need a fan with 0.36A. the one I've installed is 0.5A so that's why it's not working. I've noticed there are some fans for dell. But either in US or China and I don't want to pay 30 quids or wait two months. Upcycling to its best. Thanks for help!


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