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Computer Freezes and Fan Comes on full blast

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by noelw, Mar 2, 2009.

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  1. noelw

    noelw Thread Starter

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    My computer is a little over a year old, so the warranty has expired. The Problem is everytime I use a program like AOL my computer freaks out. The cooling fan always comes on full blast for about 5 seconds and then it will stop and do it again about 5-10 minutes later. Occasionally it will freeze up too. The specs are listed below. Thanks!:D



    Features
    Memory 2GB
    Controller Serial ATA
    Hard Drive 250GB Serial ATA/300 7200 rpm
    Ports RJ-11 Modem
    1 x 4-pin Type A USB Front
    1 x Mini-phone Headphone Front
    1 x VGA Rear
    1 x S/PDIF Out Rear
    1 x S-Video Out Rear
    1 x RJ-45 Network Rear
    1 x IEEE 1394 - FireWire Rear
    4 x 4-pin Type A USB Rear
    1 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Mouse Rear
    1 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Keyboard Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Microphone Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Audio Line In Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Audio Line Out Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Side Speakers Out Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Rear Speakers Out Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Subwoofer/Center Speaker Out Rear
    [​IMG]Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
    [​IMG]Network Wi-Fi - IEEE 802.11b/g
    Fast Ethernet - IEEE 802.3u
    Processor 1 x AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual Core 2GHz
    Graphics Controller Integrated
    Manufacturer Part Number RX890AA#ABA
    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    Case Style Desktop Slimline
    Optical Drive DVD-Writer - DVD-RAM/R/RW
    Standard Warranty 1 Year
    Maximum Memory 2GB
    Processor Technology AMD64 Technology
    HyperTransport Technology
    Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
    Bus Speed 2000MHz
    Manufacturer Website Address www.hp.com
    Product Line Pavilion
    Chipset nVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE
    Memory Standard DDR2-533/PC2-4200
    Product Name Pavilion s3020n Slimline Desktop
    Product Type Desktop Computer

    Tech Specs
    Network Fast Ethernet - IEEE 802.3u
    Controller Serial ATA
    Expansion Bays Drive Bay (1 Total/1 Free)
    5.25" External Removable Media Bay (1 Total/0 Free)
    3.5" Drive Bay (1 Total/0 Free)
    Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
    Standard Memory 1GB[​IMG]Network Wi-Fi - IEEE 802.11b/g
    Package Contents Pavilion s3020n Slimline Desktop
    Keyboard
    Mouse
    Hard Drive 250GB Serial ATA/300 7200 rpm
    Ports RJ-11 Modem
    1 x 4-pin Type A USB Front
    1 x Mini-phone Headphone Front
    1 x VGA Rear
    1 x S/PDIF Out Rear
    1 x S-Video Out Rear
    1 x RJ-45 Network Rear
    1 x IEEE 1394 - FireWire Rear
    4 x 4-pin Type A USB Rear
    1 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Mouse Rear
    1 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Keyboard Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Microphone Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Audio Line In Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Audio Line Out Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Side Speakers Out Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Rear Speakers Out Rear
    1 x Mini-phone Subwoofer/Center Speaker Out Rear
    [​IMG]Processor 1 x AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual Core 2GHz[​IMG]Processor Technology AMD64 Technology
    HyperTransport Technology
    [​IMG]Maximum Memory 2GB[​IMG]Modem Yes
    [​IMG]Keyboard Included
    [​IMG]Manufacturer Part Number RX890AA#ABA
    Graphics Controller Integrated
    Additional Information DVD Writer with LightScribe Technology


    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    Expansion Slots PCI (1 Total/0 Free)
    PCI Express x16 (1 Total/1 Free)
    Flash Memory Card (1 Total)
    Optical Drive DVD-Writer - DVD-RAM/R/RW
    Bus Speed 2000MHz
    Case Style Desktop Slimline
    Manufacturer Website Address www.hp.com
    Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
    Memory Standard DDR2-533/PC2-4200
    Cache 1MB L2 Cache
     
  2. Tanis

    Tanis Shane

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    Hi and welcome to TSG.

    My initial thought would be possibly heat related as you say the problem occurs when the fans come on.

    Have you cleaned it out inside the case at all since you had it?
    It can be surprising how much dust can build up inside the case and it can have quite a impact on the temperature of components, acting like insulation.

    Open it up and give it a good blast out with canned air, pay some attention to the CPU fan and other nooks and crannys. If you have an intake fan make sure its not getting blocked up with dust, same with any other fans.

    Then give it another go and see how it is.
     
  3. noelw

    noelw Thread Starter

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    I have cleaned out the fan multiple times with my vacuum cleaner, but still the fan blasts on. It is as though as soon as it starts to think the fan comes on and the computer stops responding...
     
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