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Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:57 AM

The fan on my Dell Dimension 9100 is making a straining noise at start up and my guess is it's on the way out. I'd like to replace it before it goes completely. However it seems a little more complicated that other PCs I have dealt with. The fan is at the front and it seems as if the shroud and some clipped cables may need removing first? (See Pic). Has anyone replaced a fan in this model or a similar one before? Thanks
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:17 PM

I can't really see much from the picture. I have worked on that model before and from what I remember it is really straight forward. Remove the cables from the retaining clips on the shroud which will probably require removing them from the motherboard. Just note where they plugged in at. The shroud is only held in place either with a few plastic clips which are depressed by finger or a few screws. Sorry I can't remember which. Measure the fan and note what kind of plug it has to the motherboard. It will be either three pin or four pin. Then when you get the replacement you will have to do it all again.

As a side note I always try to spend a few extra dollars on the a fan with high CFM's and low Db's. Quiet is better.
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