Here is a friendly suggestion to you all, something which I’ve known and didn’t act fully upon, against my better judgment: When you can hear one of your computer’s fans make noise, call your nearest hardware store, get a replacement fan, and either pay them to change it for you or ask a friend who knows what they’re doing (alternately, look it up online and become the person who knows what they are doing).
Update 23/10/2009: Fan replaced, considering replacement of other non-critical fan, and adding a cooling body to my GPU. BUT! Computer is up and working, and got 2G of RAM from a friend :)
As the caption tells you, my computer did not literally go up in flames. It merely heated up, and kept heating up more and more, and the GPU (my video grpahics card) also heated up more and more, and yesterday (Tuesday, so two days ago, technically) when my AC unit died while I was watching House M.D., my computer had blue-screened itself.
I thought the computer was fine, as I had monitored its temperature along the past couple of weeks, since my fan made noises for the first time. And well, nothing critical happened, so I guess we’re alright. I just hope the period of time in which the whole case was an overheated cauldron did not cause some components to get damaged, either directly or by making them more susceptible to harm and overheating themselves.
Today I’ve opened up the computer, and we found out that the exhaust-fan, the one which funnels the hot air outside of the computer case, had mostly died. “Mostly died” you ask? Well, it didn’t whirl, but with the touch of a fingertip, it sprang up to life. It happened this way both times we had booted the computer up (with the case open for us to observe things, my friend and I).
So, Friday, I’ll go to the hardware store where I purchased my computer, which I’ve been meaning to go to anyway regarding a minor annoyance with my speakers, and I’d buy another fan or two (to have one in stock just in case, and they’re only $10 a pop, y’know?), then I’d come home and with the aid of my friends, or without, I’d replace the fan.
I just hope that the slightly charred smell I got from my computer while it was open, and especially when we ran the GPU fan at 100% is just some charred-dust (of which there was thankfully little), or something. My GPU, 8800 GT runs a little too hot for my tastes, but my hardware-headed friend who also has this card, says it’s fine. I’ll keep an eye on it after the faulty fan gets replaced.
Meanwhile, I’m writing this from the parents’ desktop, as my laptop is driving me insane (I’m going to format it next week, but I dislike it for various reasons). So if you see me less active on your blogs, and slower to reply tothings, this is why. I didn’t forget you, and while I can turn my computer on, especially if I keep the case open, I’d rather wait till after the fan is replaced. And it should be early enough to not interfere with Figure Friday, which is most often “Figure Saturday” anyway :D