will a bad fan in a PC cause it to shut down

June 15, 2011 at 15:27:22
Specs: Windows XP
while using computer. The system completely shuts down. Like I removed power source. I hit power button and it restarts.

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June 15, 2011 at 16:21:58
Yes, a bad fan will not provide enough air flow to keep things cool. Open the case and use a can of compressed air to blow out the dust. Unplug the computer first, of course. Once you make sure it's clean and it still shuts down, it could be a failing power supply if it's a desktop.

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June 15, 2011 at 17:29:28
Replace the bad fan.

Be careful with compressed air, use safety goggles or glasses and mask. Small parts could/can fly out and take out your eye. Do it outside otherwise it will get back into the computer.

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