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Hello, I have an E-machine D4362 that has started intermittently shutting down. I did some troubleshooting & found the CPU and case fan not running while the machine is up & running, the CPU heat sink was extremely burn you hot. So, I shut down the computer before it burns up the CPU. I then changed the power supply, this did not fix. I checked the fans on a 12V power source & they work fine. The motherboard is not allowing the fans to run, any suggestions?

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