Having problems with your Dell Dimension 8200 PC Desktop ?

My mother has a dell dimension 8200 and it wont turn on. my step-father said he took one of her fans for his computer (they're seperated) but i dont know which one. I want to replace it, but i dont know what fan he took, and she lives in another state, so I cant look at it, would it be the cooling fan? or is there another fan that would keep it from running?


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There are several fans that your step-father could have taken from your pc. They could be the two cooling fans, one at the rear or one at the front of the pc. However, there is one very important fan that could have been removed and that is the fan that sits directly above the processor or cpu, central processing unit. If this has been removed then it's likely that your computer wouldn't boot as the processor needs to be kept cool when operational. You could look inside your pc. Lay it on its side and remove the side panel, if you have screws then these would be located at the rear of the pc. If you do this, make sure everything is disonnected and most importantly, when you have removed the side panel, don't touch anything inside the pc as this can be dangerous to your computer. Just look inside and you should see a raised heatsink, this is a big piece of square metal with fins and the fan sits on top of this. This is the most likely reason if this has been removed why your computer won't start or boot up. Whilst looking inside, try to locate any other fans at the front or rear of the pc. The processor needs to be kept cool at all times. You can purchase individual fans but you would need to purchase one that is compatible with the heatsink you have sitting above the processor. Remember don't physically touch anything inside whilst you are checking out the situation. Your best bet is to check out your step-dad's system and let him show you the fan he removed, you can then order a replacement part online, get the model number from the fan etc. Good luck. Andrew
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