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cluelessinmontana

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Please help. (I hope I put this in the right forum, sorry if it's not :)

My computer is making a horrible new sound. It sounds like a fan, so i took off the cover and blew out all the old cobwebs and dust from the fans, thinking that would help.

At first I thought it was my video card, but when I got the sound again after spraying, I took a flashlight with the cover off, and the sound is comming from
that little box that the power plug plugs into. there is a fan there, I'm pretty sure THATS the culprit. So, what do I do? What is it? Can I fix it? is it expensive? :) sigh. The computer isnt that old.

Dell xps 400
pentium d processor 830
gforce 6800
2gbddr sdram 533 mhz
250gb serial ata hard drive 7200rpm

*is this the correct info you need?*

Thanks in advance for any help. :)
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Major Payne

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That's the Power Supply's fan and you may be able to remove the power supply then the fan. If the fan has a bad bearing then it needs replacing. If it's just dust/dirt, remove it and clean it thoroughly. Try one of those clean compressed air cans to blow out any dust/dirt. Turn the fan with your fingers and see if it moves smoothly.

For more info:

Proper Replacement of a Power Supply fan
YouTube - #021 - Replacing a Power Supply Fan

This gives some idea for replacing, but gives an idea for removing then re-installing power supply:

Replacing a Power Supply

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Ron

Edited by Major Payne, 01 July 2008 - 02:41 PM.

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Thank you so much. :)
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You're welcome. If you need more help on same problem, please post back here.

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