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CPU shutting down.

Ok, so my CPU has been shutting down randomly... more often lately. I think it might be overheating. I used to be able to hear the fan running but i can't hear it any more. Is that the case? How hard is it to switch the fan out?

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    prasanth N G May 11, 2010

    Hi,



    May I have the model name of the motherboard of your computer? The motherboard manual will contain the instructions to replace the CPU fan and it is an easy procedure. When we purchase the CPU fan, it shoudl match the socket type of the motherboard.



    Thank you and regards

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Hi MonaMona,
Replacing a CPU fan is easy, but be carefull, the CPU will have old thermal grease on it, so unlatch the CPU at the same time you take the fan off. Because the CPU will come up with the fan, so unlatch the CPU pins, to release the CPU pins, when taking the fan off. And when putting the new fan on the CPU, & the fan nust be smaller then 80mm, the sell just CPU fans. Make sure you put on thermal grease on the CPU, so it won't over heat & will protect your CPU, also don't cake on the grease. Put on a small amout & spread it on the CPU thin. Let me know if that does it for you.

Good Luck with it.

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