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Do i need to replace the fan????

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cooma, Oct 21, 2004.

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  1. cooma

    cooma Thread Starter

    Dec 1, 2001
    Hi......simple question i have a hp pav 8984 with a cd burner......sometimes when i use the burner the computer turns of for no apparent reason..the i have to wait a few hours before i can switch it back on.....but i've been thinking i dont hear the fan anymore and at the back it gets a bit hot....should i replace the fan???? probably a stupid question....but could be something totally different... :)
  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    Which fan?

    If its the power supply fan, its essential. If you cook the power supply, the HP only replacements are very expensive, and standard ones usually do not fit.
  3. jbcalg


    Oct 29, 2001
    definitely look at the power supply (voltages) and cooling (temperatures, fans)

    download lavalys' Everest (for info on a whole lot other useful things as well) or SpeedFan

    and for a low tech approach: leave the case side open and look whether the fans are all operating (look at the back of the power supply for exhaust instance)
  4. gotrootdude


    Feb 19, 2003
    As heat builds in the PS, the PS looses effieciency. This is probably why the system would have problems when you tried CD burning. The PS didn't have enough efficiency left to provide enough voltage to all your equipment, so the PC shut down..

    HP and alot of other manufactuers are known to use power supplies that only cover the minimal power requirements in the first place. They're good quality power supplies, but don't supply any more power than needed. If you add more drives, or lose efficiency with what you have, you'd need a higher rated PS.
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