Dear Friends, My ep121 blows its fans at full bore, the battery is malfunctioning so I have less than five minutes of unplugged time before it shuts off without shutting down, and one of the fans is grinding its bearings. My computer sounds like a motorcycle. I could send the whole thing in for repairs. It's my primary PC, so, in this scenario, I'm without a computer for about two weeks. Other threads have seen estimates come back from ASUS for repairing the thermal cable alone at $400. (If memory serves, ASUS wants to replace the motherboard under such circumstances.) I could roll the dice, order a thermal cable, and see if that repair will actually work. CF, I think, tried repairing his this way and it didn't end up solving the problem. For other people, it's worked. My search results indicate that I can buy one from France for around 30 Euros (excluding S&H), or I can buy one on ebay for $75. If the thermal cable worked, I'd still need to replace my battery and my fan before I had a unit that didn't blow noisily, or motorcycle-y, and that had normal battery life. Parts will cost about $300 total, ordered from France. I'm not sure how to tell which fan to order. When I open up the back, it's the one on the left that's busted. If anyone has run into this situation and solved that problem, I'd appreciate their advice. Alternatively, I can order a Surface Pro 2 for about a grand. Or, upgrade to the 256GB/8GB model and enjoy the upgraded hardware, battery life, and suffer the smaller screen. I've decided to and ordered the thermal cable from France -- two, in fact, just in case. I'll gamble the $70 and see what cards I get. If it doesn't work, I'll get an estimate on total repairs from ASUS, and likely as not just buy a Surface. Writing to share my experience and solicit advice, if any. Will update upon receipt of thermal cable. Best wishes.