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#1 justin2021

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Posted 13 August 2006 - 06:51 PM

I just fixed a dell dimension 4600C's heatsink problem, but after it was fixed, i've come to find that the fan inside of the power supply has stopped working. the machine still turns on and windows still runs, but the fan just isn't budging.. if i still wanted to use this computer, would the broken fan cause a problem, such as overheating in the power supply or something? And if it does pose as a threat to my pc, where would i be able to buy another power supply? :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 August 2006 - 10:03 PM

Yes it does pose a problem. Do a google search for something like power supply fan replacement and you may find that you can install another fan in the power supply.

Without the fan to cool things, the power supply won't be reliable. This could mean voltage surges (that could fry components) or it could just die one day and you wouldn't have a system until you got a new one.

The best thing to do (IMO) is to get a new power supply ordered immediately. That way it'll be there when this one dies. In the meantime, you may want to have another fan blowing air through it to help keep it cool.

Of course the best solution is to stop using the PC until the power supply fan is fixed.
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Posted 13 August 2006 - 10:11 PM

Not having a fan could make the PSU overheat and shorten its' life. As for getting another PSU, Dell has their PSUs built for them, and you can't replace it with something like a Antec or Thermaltake, you're stuck with purchasing one from Dell or taking your chances with some company that will sell you a product of questionable quality for a similar price. Either way...it will not be cheap.

Here's a link to an alternate source.

http://www.directron.com/replacement.html

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Posted 13 August 2006 - 10:13 PM

Just FYI - I seem to recall seeing some sort of adaptor for regular power supplies that will let them work with Dell's - but can't seem to locate the link at this time.
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