I have an aging Dell Dimension 8200 computer. About a week ago, I noticed that it was quieter than it used to be, but I didn’t give it much thought. Today, when I restarted, I received a warning that one of the fans had stopped working. I got back there with a flashlight and sure enough, the case fan, which is connected via a weird tube to the top of the processor’s heat sink, has stopped spinning.
What do I do? Obviously, I need to replace it, but Dell appears to no longer carry the replacement part. How can I figure out what I need to buy to replace this fan?
In the meantime, I haven’t noticed any performance changes in my PC, but I can only assume that it’s bad to keep using it without that fan running. What are the chances of my processor frying in the meantime if I, say, need to finish writing this damned thesis before I can run out and find a new fan or get one to arrive through the mail?
Thanks for any help - I really don’t know much about the nitty-gritty stuff like this.