Dell Dimension 8200 cpu fan not turning; computer freezing

January 5, 2012 at 21:44:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Dimension 8200. I replaced the case fan a couple of years ago and it's working fine. The past few days my computer freezes up in middle of working and it's driving me insane. I noticed today that the cpu fan is not turning, and I suspect that might be the cause of the problem, i.e., it might be causing the computer to overheat.

Can I replace just the cpu fan or do I need to replace the whole cpu? If just the fan, where do I buy it?

Edit: I realized I might be using the worng terms. I'm talking about the separate fan that's in the power supply unit. That's the one that stopped working. The main fan, with the green cowling, is working fine.


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#1
January 5, 2012 at 23:22:23
CPU heatsink fan can be replaced or u can replace the whole CPU heatsink.

Yes PSU fan can be replaced(i have done it in the past).

I don't think bad psu can cause system to freeze. Are u sure the CPU heatsink fan is rotating? Overheating can cause system to freeze. Check CPU temperature in BIOS.

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#2
January 6, 2012 at 01:03:58
Powersupply fans are usually hard wired in and you would have to cut the wires and solder in the replacement fan. If the powersupply has been overheating it might have suffered damage and a new fan might not solve the problem.

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#3
January 6, 2012 at 01:32:34
Yes u are right about the PSU fans hard wired but i'm not good at soldering components so what i did was cut the two PSU fan wires then put the new fan in and connect two wires and covered them with electrical tape.
Sadly the PSU died after a year due to power issues we have here(it didn't took my other components).

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#4
January 6, 2012 at 01:43:46
make sure that the cpu fan and the rear fan are spinning and that the temperatures are stable, also clean the dust using an air compresser.
like mentioned above if the psu fan is not spinning u can replace it but the psu's capacitors and resistors might be damaged so fan replacement might not work

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