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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jrtroxell, May 28, 2013.

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  1. jrtroxell

    jrtroxell Thread Starter

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    I kept getting the black screen of death on my T-series emachine running Windows XP. After many hours, I opened up the side of the case and put a fan next to it. I have had no problem for well over an hour. My question is: there are three fans I see; how can I decide which one(s) to replace?
     
  2. Netghost56

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    Why assume you need to replace a fan? Something is causing your computer to overheat...if you don't figure out what it is you could lose the whole system.

    Any recent changes? Software? Hardware?
     
  3. flavallee

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    Are all 3 fans spinning?

    Are the components covered with dust or hair or debris?

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  4. crjdriver

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    emachines use low end ie cheap parts. It may well be the pw supply that is overheating. Since the case is already open, look at the pw supply label. If it is a bestec, the very best advise I could give you would be to replace it. Bestecs fail often and when they do, they can take out the mb, cpu, ram, etc.

    Next answer flavallee's question referencing whether the fans are working and is the system clean.
     
  5. jrtroxell

    jrtroxell Thread Starter

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    WADR, the fans are used to do cooling, and if they don't run properly, they could BE the problem, nicht wahr? All three fans are spinning. I've carefully cleaned the inside. I'll check the model of power supply. I saw the side fan, which I guess cools the hard drive on the other side, for sale for about 15 bucks. I can be like an auto repair guy and just keep replacing stuff until the problem goes away.
     
  6. Netghost56

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    I assumed that your fans were running, otherwise it would be a simple solution.

    I agree on checking the PSU, could be another simple solution.
     
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