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#1 tuckered_out

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 09:01 PM

Is it a fairly simple job to replace the cooling fans in a compaq presario desk top computer? I don't have the money to pay someone to do it for me. I have thought about taking the cover off and go to one of the programs that it gets hot on and look at the fans. Just what is it I'm looking for? ( for example will the bad one stop running or what?) Thanks for any help.

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#2 Grommers

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 09:16 PM

By cooling fans do you mean the fans mounted in the case or the fan on top of the CPU? If it is the case fans then you will be able to see that they are all spinning ok if you open up the case and then turn the system on, if it is a problem with the CPU fan then the system will most likely be unstable and crash randomly or even not start at all in order to protect itself.

In either case it is fairly simple to replace the fans and instructions can be given based on which you are looking to replace.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:04 PM

I agree W/ Groomers.
Its simple all you need to find out is which one of the two is busted cpu fan or desktop fan. Once you know just grave the screw driver pull it out and go buy a new one for like $15 and then reinstall.

If it is the CPU fan you might need new "heat sink paste" if you are going to remove it from the processor instead of from the heat sink :thumbsup:

#4 tuckered_out

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:30 PM

My system keeps running when it gets hot. It has not crashed.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:40 PM

Is it your Cpu fan or Desktop Fan?

If it is your CPU fan you might still want to replace it cause it will cause problems down the road, it might ruin your processor and Mother Board and that would really suck.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 11:01 PM

You'll have to bear with me on this. I don't know the difference between a cpu fan and desk top fan. The fan that seems to start working overtime is the one on the back of my pc on top. It starts running faster and can feel really warm air coming thru the vent. I can feel it on my hand.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 11:10 PM

All you might need to do is clean the PC's interior:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/cleaning-the-inside-of-your-pc/
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#8 tuckered_out

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 08:32 AM

Thanks for the link, garmanma. Very helpful. Will try it.




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