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Re: previous fan not working
If you open up you case you could of unplugged or it is not getting a good connection. But if you did not then that is a in in your bios. Dell give you some access to the bios. Go in there and see the if the is on or if the speed of the fan is listed
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The PSU voltages can be checked with a digital multimeter at the ATX connector, 3.3v (orange), 5.0v (red) & 12v (yellow) if the DMM is indicating values of MORE than 5% variation your PSU is the likely villain (best to rule it out first).
Are you getting a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) or error messages when you PC randomly shuts down?
If the system is a couple of years old, the fan may be clogged with dust so the blade can't turn; these little suckers don't have much torque.
You can find the little fan pretty easy since (unless you have a high-end video or sound card) it will be the only one actually on the system board.
If you know how to access the BIOS on your particular computer, you may have one that monitors the CPU temperature and tells you in degrees.
Watch the screen at bootup for a message about entering 'Setup.'
This will give you the key to press and it often must be done very quickly; it's often F1 or F2.
Some BIOS will call the function Advanced or System something.
Don't make any changes you don't understand and when you exit, don't 'Save' any changes.