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Need help: "Previous fan failure" on startup


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s0nginmyheart

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Hi All,

I have a Dell Dimension 4600 and I keep getting this black screen on startup that says "Previous fan failure" and something like press f1 to resume or f2 to run setup. I figured I would call Dell and order a new replacement fan but they harped about not having it in stock and whatnot. I'd like to know if I could go to a local store like Best Buy or Fry's and buy a replacement part, and if so, what should I be purchasing exactly (is there a specific model/type for the Dimension 4600)? Any help is most appreciated. Thanks---
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Have you opened the case and made sure that the fan is connected, you will get that message if the connector comes loose? You can check if the fan is turning or not. Be careful about replacements, the Dells may use a different connector and a different sensor mechanism than standard fans. You may be able to find a used one at a computer recycling place, or the fan may just need cleaning and lubrication ot make it turn properly.
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I haven't opened the case as I haven't had time. But it was making a funny "revving" noise last week and a half ago when we had really hot weather. And then now it's not working. Hmm. Do cables usually disconnect themselves? I will open it up soon.
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