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My Mother-In-Law (Dragon Lady) has a Dell Laptop.

The fan has died.

(cue jokes about me not being her fan)

 

Anyway, I know the Laptop is old. Is it really worth me buying a fan and getting it working again?.

Or tell her to get a new Laptop.

While I can strip the laptop down and replace it, I don't feel the desire to play with fiddly screws any more.

 

Ohh, and it is still running Vista.

 

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15 bucks on eBay... so why not?

 

Looks like this thing should be able to run Core2 era Socket P CPUs, so you could do a bit of extra research and spend another $20 or so and do both. Socket P Core2Duo CPUs go beyond 3 GHz which makes it a worthwhile spend. But still it's an old system and only worth bothering with due to being a laptop, any spend much over double-digit $ is probably not worth it.

 

In recent times I've upgraded the CPUs on similar era Dell Inspiron and an Asus laptop, although both Socket M (the predecessor which tops out not far above 2 GHz). The Asus was 5 minutes work, real easy to get to the CPU and fan but the Dell was a fair bit more although the 1545 looks to be a more modern design and they might have improved access.

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Check on YouTube about a guide to replacing the fan. Some laptops are just a pain to upgrade anything. In some cases, you pretty much pull the whole laptop apart ... Like my eee netbook.

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Replacement laptop is around $1000 range for 15.6", but the specs on those are better than the 1545. An Lenovo ideapad is as low as $500.

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This thing is probably a Core2 based Pentium which puts it at or just above performance of the Atom. But luckily it seems to be Socket P rather than M so there's plenty of upgrade options although the high end Core2 stuff can be stupidly priced.

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Core2 are power hungry compared to modern CPUs so an upgrade is better long term anyway.

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