Solved: HP 630 notebook overheating problem

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First Incident

A year ago (April 2017) while we were using a HP 630 notebook in a training, it started overheating and eventually made an emergency shutdown. The fan was spinning at maximum speed and the problem was not solved by restarting it. Temperatures could rise high up to 75 degrees Celcious when browsing pages, not to mention when running VMs for our training! At the same time a friend of ours, who owns the same notebook, informed us that due to the overheating, its WiFi module got burnt.

HP 630 Overheating problem. Screenshot of CPU temperatures in Linux Mint 18.1 while browsing
HP 630 Overheating problem. Screenshot of CPU temperatures in Linux Mint 18.1 while browsing.

The problem

After searching in the internet, we found out that the issue can be caused by dust inside the CPU fan which blocks the air ventilation grilles. Thus, CPU is suffocating.

The solution proposed was to disassemble the notebook and clean the CPU fan. Be advised that the notebook worked for 4 years, overheating, but neglected because it had not reached the issue of abrupt shutdown.

Remedy

We wanted to clean the notebook ourselves, so we followed the official HP 630 Product End-of-Life Disassembly Instructions (alternative link) combined with visual assistance from a Youtube video and we removed the CPU fan in order to clean it. After dissasembling the CPU fan we found out that all ventilation grilles were blocked by a “sponge” of dust formed in front of them. Under no circumstances air could could cool down the CPU!

HP 630 dust forms a sponge which blocks all ventilation grilles of CPU Fan.
HP 630 dust forms a sponge which blocks all ventilation grilles of CPU Fan.
Focus on the thickness of the dust sponge which blocks all ventilation grilles of CPU Fan.
Focus on the thickness of the dust sponge which blocks all ventilation grilles of CPU Fan.

After cleaning the CPU fan from the dust, the temperatures went back to normal as seen in the screenshot:

HP 630 Overheating problem. Screenshot of CPU temperatures in Linux Mint 18.1 while browsing
HP 630 temperatures back to normal after cleaning CPU fan. Screenshot in Linux Mint 18.1 while browsing.

Annual Service

Yesterday we cleaned it again after 17 months as the notebook was overheating. We discovered that the dust had formed again a sponge

HP 630 dust sponge a year after the first cleaning. It still blocks all ventilation grilles of CPU Fan.
HP 630 dust sponge a year after the first cleaning. It still blocks all ventilation grilles of CPU Fan.

, lesser in thickness than the previous time.

HP 630 dust sponge thickness a year after the first cleaning.
HP 630 dust sponge thickness a year after the first cleaning.

Consequently we will monitor the temperature of our notebook and when it starts dangerously increasing, we will have to clean it again! We hope it does happen once in a year as the disassembly, cleaning and reassembly costs us two hours of work!

Cheers!

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