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Posted April 24, 2014 - 09:36 AM

This morning a little while ago I was sitting here enjoying my coffee and reading post's when I heard a cooling fan on the computer quite then try and start quite and try to start.  Checked behind the computer and sure enough the power supply cooling fan was dieing a sloooow death.  Shut the computer down before any other damage occurred and started looking through my pile of hulks.  Found a replacement and swapped them out.  Back up and running! :thumbs:

 

I'm not sure how long this power supply will last and this computer has some age on it.  Maybe it's getting time for one of those fast new ones?


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 09:42 AM

Sounds like the old "stitch in time". I've been looking for a new computer but its overwhelming. This one is over 7 years old and is having problems. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted April 24, 2014 - 09:50 AM

I think this one is about that or a bit older.  I've been upgrading it along the way and it's been a pretty good computer.  This is really the first component that has failed so I can't complain.



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Posted April 24, 2014 - 10:02 AM

I wouldn't get rid of it yet. A new one may not hold up near as well. 


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 11:06 AM

I replace a lot of fans in equipment, UPSs and Centrifuges in particular seem to be on a run lately with bad fans. It's a good thing when the fan goes noisy and gives you some warning. As long as the customer reports the issue and doesn't just ignore the noise.


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 12:18 PM

our work computers are over 6 yrs old. I am surprised they work with all the packed in dust and gunk they all have in them, they never get cleaned. A factory that makes powdered pigment is not a good environment


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 01:52 PM

I replace a lot of fans in equipment, UPSs and Centrifuges in particular seem to be on a run lately with bad fans. It's a good thing when the fan goes noisy and gives you some warning. As long as the customer reports the issue and doesn't just ignore the noise.

 

Yes, I'm glad it started to make some noise.  I would much rather changing it out now then when the pwr supplied failed and risk it taking something else with it.



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Posted April 24, 2014 - 03:40 PM

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It might be time!


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 03:57 PM

I replace a lot of fans in equipment, UPSs and Centrifuges in particular seem to be on a run lately with bad fans.


That's funny. I'm reading this thread as I wait for a blanket warming cabinet to heat back up after just replacing the fans. I've also been on a serious run of bad fans on these cabinets.

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Posted April 24, 2014 - 05:06 PM

NICE SAVE


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 10:29 PM

The fan on my 12 yr old Gateway started going out and I couldn't find a 90mm like it had anywhere, locally or on the web. So I bought an 80mm and made a sheet metal adapter for it.
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Posted April 25, 2014 - 09:57 AM

The fan on my 12 yr old Gateway started going out and I couldn't find a 90mm like it had anywhere, locally or on the web. So I bought an 80mm and made a sheet metal adapter for it.
Mike

 

if it works and keeps it cool then why not.  Nice fix.   Over the years folks have left so many computers with me that they didn't want to fix, so I've gutted them and saved the good parts.  So unless it is a mother board I can usually have it back up and running in short order.



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Posted April 25, 2014 - 01:14 PM

Just repaired the old power supply.  Took a pwr supply from an old computer and took the fan out of it and soldered it into the one that had the bad fan.  So if the one I put in yesterday fails I have a backup.

 

The one on the left is the donor and the one on the right has the bad fan.

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I clipped the wires because I felt it was safer then applying heat directly to the board.

Left is before the solder and right is after and just before I put the heat shrink on.

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Fan installed. I should have allowed some extra wire but it fits.

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Checked it out on a computer laying around and the fan spins up nicely and is quite. :thumbs:


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Posted April 28, 2014 - 04:21 PM

I have an extra PS or two in my possession for such cases but I have not had a problem with them since I switched to Antec "green" units.


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Posted November 14, 2014 - 09:09 PM

What do most of y'all use? Desktop or laptop? I have used a laptop for the last 10-12 years and get good service out of them considering the punishment they receive. I custom build vehicle laptop mounts for pickups that are used out on the field like I do. So far I have not had any issues with any failures from driving down rough lease roads, county roads or the poorly maintained interstates in okla. and usually the laptop is open and on. Willie
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