I'm working on a solution to my S7's fan which makes a grinding noise every time I rotate the computer to the vertical position. When the computer is flat on a desk, the fan works just fine with minimal noise but when I recline and hold the computer on my knees, with the screen tilted vertical, to watch a movie, a grinding noise comes from inside the computer. I took off the back cover to diagnose the problem and it appears that fan #2 (the smaller of the two fans) rubs on the fan shroud when the computer is held vertically. Very annoying.
I contacted Acer's customer service (Indian call centre) which informed me that I would have to send in my computer for 10-15 days. I know what the problem is - the fan needs to be replaced but I can't seem to find any s7 parts available on ebay, etc. Installation takes under 2 minutes do I'm keen on doing the repair myself. Does anyone know where to get a replacement S7 fan or a shop that would be able to supply one?
And for those who are interested, Acer has employed a way to prevent self-repairs. The computer will not turn on with the back cover removed on the S7. A few of the screws are connected to a switch which prevents the computer from switching on with the back removed. Simply screw in the screws which have a small copper section on the board around the screw hole and you'll be able to boot the computer to diagnose your system issue.
Member RevoMaxx is quickly moving up the ranks of Acer Community. He joined us in September and is already making a difference. It's great to see new members like him make a difference only after a few months. Thanks RevoMaxx!