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Oh my god what have I done and where on the internets can I find a replacement fan?

So my cat knocked my Toshiba off my bed as I was projecting Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf onto my refrigerator. "What a Dump!" indeed, right? I refilled my glass and turned the machine back on and it started to make a horrible clucking noise then the little fan icon flashes in the top left and the whole thing shuts off. Perhaps it was more of a chunking noise. Well then, I really wanted to get to the dance scene in the bar where Elizabeth Taylor does this awesome chicken move with her arms so I decided to take the whole thing apart. Fast forward five drunken hours later where I'm re-assembling it for the second time - this time without all of the extra screws. I plug it in and... same thing. Or probably worse. Which is better because rather then hearing the floppity clanks I could now feel the floppity clanks. OK. I decided to empty the ashtray and open the projector up again to get my third look at the fan. Which sort of looks like this:

I guess... I stole this image off eBay because I didn't have the foresight to take a picture of it before I butchered it and put it back in the projector. Which brings me to the next part: the butchering. Under closer inspection it appeared that the fan was not spinning so much because it somehow got all bent up after Mr. Werner knocked it off the bed. I did the only thing my delirium tremen-ed up fingers could muster. I grabbed a pair of nail clippers and cut the tips off the fan so they had the clearance to spin around in their little bakelite cages. I clipped all but one - which snapped when I pressed too hard. C'est la vie.

This did the trick. Unbelievably enough, I popped the fan in its pocket, stuck the cord in the socket and presto no more little fan icon. With my successes laid bare before me, I called it a night and put my little device away.

The next evening I developed a terrible thirst for the Garfield live action movie so I popped that pup in the dvd player and aimed ol' Toby back at the 'fridge. I got about five minutes or orange furry heaven when the bulb fades and the temperature light glows to life. If I unplug my machines and then plug it back in it turns on but dies almost immediately. Son of a bubble gum. No whisky for me.

So I know my problems, the foremost is finding the replacement fan and ordering it from the the tubes. However, despite my most rigorous google research, I can't be certain of the make or model - let alone the place to find my tiny whirling dervishes. Oh please Lord of teh Internets, help me find my fan.

Yours Truly,
mlle. Francos.

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The good news is that cooling fans tend to come in standard, off-the-shelf shapes and sizes. If someone like Toshiba needs a cooling fan, they don't set about designing and building one from scratch, they just make the hole in the projector the right size to fit what's already available.

I know the picture isn't actually of your fan, but if yours does look similar, then this is a standard cooling fan and not some special Toshiba item.

How many wires has the fan got?

If it's 2, then it's a simple, constant speed fan. You should be able to use any fan as long as it is the same voltage - this should be written on it somewhere. Try an electronics supply company, e.g. RS, Maplin etc. You don't say where in the world you are so I can't suggest the best place to try. Try Google for 'electronics cooling fan'. Here is just one example of what's out there.

If it's 4 wire then it's probably a vari-speed of some sort. These tend to be the type used in computers so I would also try some computer component shops as well.

Hope this helps,


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