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Fan makes loud noise after computer warms up. I do not want to purchase a new power supply. Can and where can I purchase a new fan and can I easily inststall it?

\015 THE power fan on my Gateway makes a loud noise after it is on for an hour or so. The power unit is Model NPS-160D8 B. I do not want to spend money for a new power unit. Can I purchase and install the fan only?\015

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**** is right in general it's not much more to replace the whole unit.
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\015\012This unit however is a pain due to it's unusual size and high price.
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\015\012Although typically I advise recycling the old one and buying a new one this is one of those rare cases where the repair would be significantly cheaper.
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\015\012Two major issues to be aware of if you plan to attempt a repair:
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\015\0121. size is not the only thing that matters, you must find a fan that within 1/10 of a volt and amp matches this one and it must have as greater or greater airflow
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\015\0122. orientation is everything. before removing the old fan verify which direction the air is blowing and be absolutely sure to put the new one in the same way as the change in direction may bugger airflow not just for the AC but for the whole unit.
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\015\012If you're adept in repairs including saudering PCB boards, go nuts and have fun. If not your best bet is actually a stereo repair shop as most computer techs these days don't own let alone use a saudering iron. Stereo repair guys typically sauder new fans fuses and other small components far more often than us computer guys who tend all too often to toss parts rather than repair them in order to save ourselves time and our customers money.
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\015\012Chris Armor-IT
If you open the case, it is doubtful you can touch the fan blade. They mostly are at the back of the case within the silver power supply. If you can touch the blades, it is most likely a case fan you have a problem with. They cost about $10.
If it IS the power supply, you can get one for about $35. I don't know where you live, but any computer store should be able to sell you a new case fan or power supply fan.
One thing you need to be sure of, though, is if it matches what Gateway has installed. They are known for installing hardware made especially for them and generic hardware may not fit in their case.
In that case, Google is your friend--type in the part that you need and your computer model and you'll find what you need.
If you go to a computer store, take the defective part in with you to match it.
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