I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop that I recently opened up to clean the CPU fan.
When I removed the 3 pin connector from the fan it broke so when I put the fan back it did not work. (i also began to wonder if he fan was working before?).
I ordred a new fan off ebay and that worked fine but was very noisy. So I opened it up again and put a drop of oil on the spindle. It made little deifferece to the noise but then the fan stopped working all together.
I opened up the laptop again and realised I had put one of the laptop case screws through of the wires connecting the fan
I tried to tape the wire but it did not work. I might try soldering at a later date.
So I ordered another fan (a cheap seconhand one from ebay). When I fitted it that didn't work
It might be that the fan is faulty but I am wondering if anyone could suggest any other possible causes that might be stopping the fan from working? Could I have done damage to the computer by screwing through the wire?
I had a look in the Bios but I can't see any mention of the fan. I can't access the Dell Utility partition since I installed Linux Mint dual boot with XP. (I posted in the Linux forum to see how I can resolve that).
Any ideas appreciated.