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Cage fan always on

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I have a DELL Dimension 9150 and since Dec 07 the cage fan is always ON. It used to be that the fan turn on after the PC was running for long periods of time. I've cleaned the area but no result. There is a direct 12v connection to the motherboard, and I don't know what else there is that controls it? Should I do a system restore in Win XP? Any help? Paul.

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  • Paulvman Mar 17, 2008

    From your experience, do fans act up this way? In any case, I'll re-open the case, get the part number and order a new one. Thanks, Paul.

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You didn't state which version you have, Slimline, Mid-Tower, or Desktop.

I'll give you the link to the Dell Dimension E310 Service Manual, and we'll go from there,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/index.htm

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Unplug all cables connected to the computer. If you are not 100 percent sure where they plug into, now is the time to make yourself a chart, and add notes.

Work on a table, open the computer case.

(Cover Release Latch button on the rear of the computer, top side. The Right side cover opens.

Tilt it out, lift it up to remove. Or on the Service Manual main page, scroll down to Removing the Computer Cover, and left-click on it)

With the computer cover open TOUCH the metal frame of the computer case, to relieve your body of Static electricity.
(Static can fry out your computer's hardware components, and you probably won't see it, or feel it)

1) The Floppy Disk cable has to be partially removed.

2) The Processor's Heatsink Assembly has to be removed.

3) The SATA harddrive cables, need to be slipped out of the top of the Fan assembly cage's, squeeze connectors.
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4) Then you can access the Fan Assembly, to get to the Fan.

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Remove it from the Floppy Drive ONLY. (Not shouting) Leave the cable connected to the motherboard.

You also have to slip the Floppy Disk's flat ribbon cable, out of the connector tang, that is on top of the Processor's Heatsink assembly.

(Flat steel tang, that is part of the Heatsink Assembly's frame, or cage. Pull up on the side that faces the rear of the computer, slip the Floppy Drive cable out)

This information is more easily seen, if you view the illustrations for - Removing a Floppy Drive.

On the main page of the Service Manual, scroll down to Removing and Installing Parts, and left-click on it.

On this page scroll down the left column, and left-click on - Floppy Drive

B) Removing the Processor Heatsink Assembly:

The Processor Heatsink Assembly is essentially a U shaped metal cage, that has a Heatsink attached to it.
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(You may have to remove the Power Supply, to access the top screw of the Heatsink cage, or use an Offset screwdriver)

The tangs are triangular shaped, and are on the bottom of the metal cage, towards the Front of the metal cage.

The metal rectangular cage tilts back on two pivot pins, then it can be lifted up, and off.

In Removing and Installing Parts, left-click on Removing the Processor, for illustrations. (Or scroll down the page to this heading)

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Installing a Harddrive, in Replacing and Installing Parts.

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I use an old credit card to scrape the top of the Processor's case, and the bottom of the Heatsink.
Stiff plastic, and is anti-Static.

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