I have a gateway 506GR, it is making loud noises. I know it is a fan issue, but I can not find a replacement fan that fits the small 4 pin connector. Can anyone help. Gateway support is not that helpful
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did you replace the motherboard? if you did with a non gateway replacement there is a good chance you will have to re-wire the buttons.
if not, just look for an oddly shaped "gateway" plug that plugs into the receiving socket on the MB. If you dont own a multi meter and soldering iron now is a good time to invest. also get some wire strippers and cutters.
Rear Panel I/O Ports
Front Chassis Fan Connector
Auxiliary 12-V ATX Connector
Serial ATA Interfaces
Front Panel Header
CPU Fan Header
Front USB Connector
Front USB Connector
Standby Power Indicator LED
Front Panel IEEE-1394a Connectors
Floppy Disk Drive Connector
ATX Power Connector
PCI Express x1 Connector
Parallel ATA IDE Interface
Front Panel Audio Connector
Intrusion Switch Header
Rear Chassis Fan Connector
BIOS Configuration Jumper
That was pretty unclear. Is there a kind of burning symptom that suggests a short to you? It seems to me that what happened is that either there was a power outage and your system thus shut down...all you'd have to to would be hit the computer's power button to turn it back on...or a fan somewhere died and therefore the system won't power up until you replace or repair that. At least get a vacuum in there and brush out the dust so you can work.
What happened when you got a simplified system that 'worked'? Was the power supply's fan spinning, at least? What's the green light on, anyhow?
Typical problem in most computers, the fan is experiencing a "burn out." This means there is either something caught in the fan causing it to create noise, or the motor is going bad. there are two fixes for this problem.
1) open you computer's case according to its manual and remove the system cooling fan and give it a thorough cleaning.
2) you may need to replace the cooling fan with its recommended replacement model.