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Fan failed....Maybe I've fixed it, maybe I haven't, help...please


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#1 theboyupthestreet

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 03:09 AM

Hello Bleeping Computer, first post here!! Not a total newbie but not a PC guru by any means. Need a bit of help from you guys!

 

Last night I arrived home, powered on my PC to the msg "PC fan failed, pc will power down in a few seconds to prevent further damage. please have pc serviced immediately to prevent further damage". Pressed the power button a few more times and still got the same message. Now I'm not a PC guru or certified technician by any means but I try to take care of my computer to the best of my ability. I've had it since about 06', still running fine for my daily use. When I saw the msg, the first thing that popped in my head was dust, so I popped it open and there was about a handful of dust all in between the blades of the fan. I immediately pressed the button a few more times while actually looking at the fan, I could see where it was trying to spin but where the dust was also more than likely preventing it from doing so. So I grabbed a small dusting brush and a screwdriver and proceeded to get out some of the dust(I was extremely cautious with the brush and screwdriver, I don't think I damaged anything). I actually got out most of the dust. After removing majority of the dust, I got it to finally power up and it appears to be running the way it previously was. However, it will only power on if I have it flat on it's side. Right after removing the dust, I tried powering it up while standing straight up and I got the message again. After lying it back flat on it's side, it powered right up and I have it stable enough to the point where I'm typing this right now lol. I don't really know much of the technical stuff about fixing computers once again, I'm just trying to get my baby back running right. I've been saving for a new computer but I won't be able to buy it for the next 3-4 months so I'm relying on my current PC for now. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. 


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 04:08 AM

G'day 'theboyupthestreet' and Welcome to BC.

 

have a read through THIS 

 

basically, you need the side cover off and a can of air.

 

Do not use a vacuum cleaner inside the case...only on the outside

 

maintain good contact between yourself and the metal chassis for most of the cleaning process and try not to move around too much then that will be adequate without an earth strap


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 04:26 AM

If the fan has failed (would not be at all surprising after 9 years) you should be able to replace just the fan on its own..  They are cheap, and available from any computer shop or Amazon etc.  Common sizes are 60mm, 80mm, 92mm, 120mm, measured across the mounting holes.  They're usually held in place by 4 screws at the corners, or fan clips.

 

If you have a picture, I or someone might be able to give more info about how to replace it.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 04:35 AM

If it doesn't run when standing up, but does run when laying down - check the fan in each position.

I wouldn't be surprised to see that the fan is working when it's laying down and it's not working when standing up.

 

Spinning the fan a bit with the canned air (be careful not to overspin it) can help to free it up.

Keep a close eye on it until you can replace the fan as jonuk76 suggests.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 07:27 AM

Man, really appreciate the help from all you guys!! I actually fell asleep with the thing on to see maybe if it would shut off and it's still running. I'm thinking maybe I'm gonna have it serviced and let someone check it out! I may or may not need to have that fan replaced. After I back up all my stuff, I'm gonna see if I can shut it down and try and restart it with it standing straight up. Once again, really appreciate the fast replies. thanks a lot!!! I'll check back in and let you guys know what happens!! 



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Posted 22 August 2015 - 08:20 PM

Some might laugh at the  "only works on its side" fault but it isn't too uncommon.  System boards and plugin cards can and do become intermittent.  This has been a little quirky but not like the old mainframe days.  Sometimes the heat can get high enough to get make the system board "grow" a little and possibly finding a short and shut off a fan or even a whole system.  Fans, especially the CPU mounted one, need to be kept cool or suffer damage.



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 10:48 PM

So just wanted to drop back in and let you guys know......The computer is running back normally. I've turned off my pc and turned it on about 3 times since i originally made the post. I did get to back up my stuff(thankfully) I still plan on getting it serviced until I can afford to get my new pc! Appreciate you guys help, proud to be a new member of such a helpful forum!! Thanks once again!!


Edited by theboyupthestreet, 23 August 2015 - 10:49 PM.





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