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.
Edited by Platypus, 22 August 2015 - 04:11 AM.
Moved to more suitable forum, deleted duplicate.