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I have a Dell GX280/3.2ghz, I am a reseller and I had previously loaded this desktop and then hard drive went bad, I replaced the hard drive and all was good for a bit, until I shut it down completely for a few days upon powering it back up, my dvd/cd-rw, started not playing dvd's at all... and my fan, was running fast ,to sound like a jet engine, it was running so fast..I replaced the fan, and the next fan is doing the same thing, any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Chuck.


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For the Fan issue, try arctic Silver heat compound under the Heatsink
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\015\012For the DVD drive if it wll browse a DVD but not play it try these:
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\015\012http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060
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\015\012http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&releaseid=r53986&fileid=63977
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I would suspect that you may have forgotten to clean off the old heat compound between the fan and the cooler.
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\015\012Remove the cooler from the CPU
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\015\012DO NOT remove the cpu from its socket
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\015\012Using isopropynol and cotton bud sticks clean off the top of the cpu until is is clean (do not scrape it off with anything metalic !)
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\015\012Next do the same with the underside of the cooler.
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\015\012bothe surfaces should be spoteless clean !
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\015\012Now put some more thermal compound on
\015\012 DONT overdo it or under do it !
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\015\012see here for some info on the compound
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