System fan failure continuing could damage system

December 17, 2013 at 11:51:17
Specs: Windows vista
Hi, first off I am not a computer person that knows all the technical terms but I can usually hack through and fix things. For the past month every once in awhile my hp would just shut down, I would let it sit, thinking it was maybe overheating. Last night I went to turn it on and the system fan failure continuing could damage, press f2 to continue.

I did not continue as I was afraid it would hurt the motherboard or hard drives. I took the case off and it was dirty... I cleaned all intake ain't things on the outside blue out case and tried to restart computer to see if any fans were not running. Went to restart computer and it WILL NOT turn on now.

Can someone in layman's terms tell me what I need to replace or how to fix this so I can use my computer? I need it badly as I do design work for a living.

Thank you

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December 17, 2013 at 12:52:27
It sounds like the power supply failed. You didn't post any system specs or even a model #, so we can't recommend what psu to get. Post back with the system specs or make and model # and someone can point you in the right direction. If you don't feel confident changing it yourself, take it to a local shop.

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December 17, 2013 at 15:27:22

HP Pavilion Elite M925OF PC
Intel core 2 quad processor. Q6700

4096MB System Memory

1000GB Hard drive.

It has build in wireless, tv tuner, external hard drive bay that I am using for design work.

I upgraded to the highest DDR 3 RAM

When I plug in the power cord, I do get a green light in the back.

Push start button on machine nothing happens.

Thanks for your assistance.

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December 17, 2013 at 15:42:17
DDR 3 ram won't fit into your computer, it only uses DDR 2. It wouldn't even physically fit into the slots. Did someone tell you they installed it, or how did it supposedly get in there?

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December 17, 2013 at 16:30:25
"I took the case off and it was dirty... I cleaned all intake ain't things on the outside blue out case"

Please explain more clearly exactly what you did & how.

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December 17, 2013 at 19:03:32
I took air cleaner and blew out the fans and the air vents on the case of the box, the had a tone of dust on them. I have a computer repair kit and I unscrewed the fan that goes over the processor chip it was full of caked on dust. Made sure I used the non magnetic tools that came with my repair kit. Once I got all of that cleaned I put the fan back in place. The little green light comes on in the back of the box, no power since the system fan failure warning came on, and asked me if I wanted to continue to press f2, which I did not. I just hit the power button and shut the computer off.

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December 17, 2013 at 19:25:29
I have photos posted on my Facebook that this linked to, but I don't know how to upload them on here.... Frustrated!

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December 17, 2013 at 19:27:59

This is the link to photos

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December 18, 2013 at 00:27:11
You say you removed the processor fan. Did you also remove the heatsink the fan was attached to, the heatsink that sits on top of the processor? If so you should have added a dab of heatsink paste to the top of the processor and then placed the heatsink on it.

It's possible that while inside the case you jostled something loose or forgot to reconnect something.

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December 18, 2013 at 16:10:31
If you need to reset your CPU heat sink again, PLEASE read the proper application method for your CPU:

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 18, 2013 at 23:14:47
I just removed the entire fan. Someone told me to remove the battery and 24 pin plug and see if that resets it. That would tell me if it is the power supply. Does that sound right?

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December 18, 2013 at 23:16:16
I just removed the fan. I didn't remove the silver piece underneath it.

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December 19, 2013 at 00:02:56
Most motherboards have a 'clear cmos' jumper which is a more efficient way to clear the cmos than pulling the battery. You remove the power cord from the back of the computer, locate the jumper and move it to the clear position for a few seconds then move it back to its original standby position.

That will clear the cmos settings--date, time, etc.--but isn't likely to fix your problem but I suppose it won't hurt to try it.

Are all the fans working like they're supposed to?

Are you still at the stage where it won't start up--nothing shows on the screen?

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January 5, 2014 at 18:02:46
Still won't start. The green light in back lights up, hit power switch nothing happens

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January 5, 2014 at 20:57:39
A few possibilities--your cleaning attempt, while probably the correct thing to do, caused a problem or it pushed a failing system over to a failed system. Or you didn't get it back together right.

Just some general stuff to check:

Do all this with the power cord removed. First go back and check you got everything reinstalled and connected right. Check that any add-on card are firmly seated. Plug it in and see if it starts. If not, remove the power cord again and temporarily disconnect all the drives and remove any unnecessary add-on cards. Reconnect the cord and start it up. If you get a posting or logo screen then one of the disconnected items must be at fault.

If you still get nothing it's usually going to be the power supply, motherboard or sometimes both. In that case you can swap in a known working compatible power suppy and see what that does.

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