what can be a cause for a computer fan stop rotating?

Dell / Latitude d620...
August 1, 2012 at 00:40:57
Specs: Windows 7
my laptop's fan is not working what should i do to fix the problem?

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#1
August 1, 2012 at 03:05:13
Unless your experienced in fixing it yourself, take it to a technician who can.

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#2
August 1, 2012 at 05:06:43
The one thing you can and probably should try is to purchase a can of compressed air and blow out the vents since accumulated dust could be the reason unless the machine is very new.

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


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#3
August 1, 2012 at 06:17:25
Laptop fans do not run constantly. If the fan never runs then you may have a problem. You can install a program to monitor the system and CPU temperatures. That will tell you if you have a problem.

If the fan is bound up, you may be able to free it using canned compressed air as recommended above.

Download CPUID (hardware monitor) from the link below.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmo...


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#4
August 1, 2012 at 09:30:53
Hi budigila,

Adding to what Fingers said you could also try Bios update from the manufacturer’s website.

If its a desktop,you can also reseat the heatsink fan cable if you are comfortable doing so .

Kindly let me know if it’s a desktop or a laptop so that I can get back to you with a resolution.

Waiting to hear from you.
Thanks & Regards
Dell_Rajesh_R
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#5
August 1, 2012 at 09:40:47
Do NOT update your bios unless the errata exactly says it will fix this problem. I'd bet it won't. Doing a bios update is foolish unless you have a bios issue and a fan is not a bios issue. If it did work and now does not then suspect other issues.

If a fan has become bound by dust it might be cleared to run again. If the cause is dust in the bearings, it never seems to get fixed and a replacement fan is required. Laptops are not easy to work on either. Tough to get parts for. Hard to open safely. Very small parts and unusual fasteners.

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#6
August 1, 2012 at 17:07:23
DO NOT update your BIOS. Jefro is right.
NOW I have doubts about that 'Dell' person listed above is really from Dell.
Unless Dell tech support tells you to do this on the telephone AND they are willing to repair or replace the Laptop if it gets messed up during a BIOS update, do not do it! A messed up BIOS update usually means you remove the hard drive, put it in an external hard drive case, and recycle the rest of the laptop. On a desktop you might be able to reasonably replace the motherboard if it is only a few years old, but with a laptop, the labor costs will 'kill' the idea.

If the compressed air does not help it, take it in for professional service.

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


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#7
August 1, 2012 at 18:02:19
The tags on the original post indicate this IS a laptop. I also concur that updating the BIOS is not going to fix your problem. As I stated, you need to determine if the unit is overheating. If it is not getting hot, then the fan not turning may be normal.

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