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I have a 1.5 year old Toshiba Laptop. I use it everyday for work. The other night my wife was checking her email on it when the fan started making a funny noise. A rapid clicking. I looked at the vent and smoke came out of it. We turned on the the power and let it sit over night. I turned it on this morning and it seemed to work fine, but because I was concerned about it I turned it off again after about 1/2 hour. what could have caused the smoke and just how bad could this be?
 
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Probably the fan motor burning up. Do not use it until you get it replaced. No fan= death
 
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It does sound like the fan has died. Replace it.
 
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Depending on age of lap top, repair may not be a good investment.
 
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The fan may be a symptom of a potentially larger, more dangerous problem: A (Sony) battery recall due to overheating and burning. Toshiba was definitely involved in that recall on models that used Sony batteries. This link will get you to the October update, but there was a previous recall as well: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07011.html.

While you're at it, search Google for the model number of the power supply. Although it was the Dell brand that was recalled, different manufacturers used those power supplies as well.
 
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if this is the fan motor, how dfficult are they to replace. I build my desktop and am comfortable working on it. However I have never opened my laptop.
 
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You can look up the disassembly of your computer on the internet. When my Dell crapped out, Dell actually had a step by step procedure on how to remove everything on their website.

Look up your laptop model number and search for repair manual.

My old Dell was not hard to take apart. Removed all the small screws on the underside, removed monitor, and the the case just came apart.

The fan in my old unit was very easily accessible and could have been easily changed if I had your issue.

If you supply me with your laptop model #, I can research it for you.
 
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how do I diagnose what is causing the issue? i.e. how do I know if it is my fan or power supply or battery or something else?
 
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Before you open it, do you have a warrenty? Opening a computer usually voids any warranty. Secondly, there was a recall not to long ago for laptop batteries that overheated so I would check online for that too.
 
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my warranty expired 6 months ago. Nor has my battery been recalled
 
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