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#1 fastcat

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 12:35

I have a computer running an AMD-A10 APU, the case has two fans blowing air in and one fan extracting the air, one of the fans that blows air inside is no longer working, this is a new computer by the way but the warranty is void because I opened the case and I changed the hard drive.

 

I am wondering if I should worry if that fan is not repaired, I don´t have the skills to do that myself and I don´t want my computer to overheat and burn some component, I don´t know if two fans, one blowing air in and one extracting the air are enough.

 

I downloaded Open Hardware Monitor and, besides only detecting two fans, it tells me that the hard drive runs at 34C and the CPU at 13C (probably not detecting it properly because it is an APU).

 

Bottom line, should everything be fine in a computer with just two fans and running an AMD A10 APU (Quad core).?

 

Thank you for your help



Best Answer :B: Rex , 28 June 2014 - 14:40

in the past i bought a pc from a shop and they put a sticker on the back of the case over the side panel

"if sticker is broken warranty is void". so it could happen

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#2 Xahid

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 12:42

Take it to some technician or call any friend who know a little about hardware, its really not hard to fix the Fan problem (if not broken)

beside, The casing fans are optional, you dont have to worry about Case Fans.



#3 Mindovermaster

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 14:06

Opening the case does not void warranty. Unless it's a dumb supplier, don't worry.

 

Is this your CPU heatsink fan? Then I'd worry about it. While temperatures are OK now, play any game, and you might overheat.

 

It probably just has stock heatsink. Ever think about getting a 3rd party one?



#4 Anibal P

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 14:23

A fan is 100% easier to replace than a hard drive, but yeah, highly doubtful your warranty is voided because you opened the case 



#5 :B: Rex

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 14:40   Best Answer

in the past i bought a pc from a shop and they put a sticker on the back of the case over the side panel

"if sticker is broken warranty is void". so it could happen



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 15:07

If it's only case fan, it's not a big deal - many such computers run without any case fans at all. You should, however, disconnect it from the board or fan controller. If there's a loose wire, for example, it might short.

 

As for shop warranty - I've been told by Consumer Rights rep it's perfectly lawful for them to do so. That doesn't make it less dumb - that shop is to be avoided, because a whole lot of others don't do this.

You still have manufacturer's warranty for individual components, but that's it. Since it's a case fan, it's most likely part of the case, so even if warranty claim is accepted (they'll also ask papers and try to send you back to that shop at first), you'd probably have to dismante it and ship the whole deal. Instead, a basic 120mm fan costs only a few €.



#7 thechronic

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 15:27

Case Fans are incredibly easy to replace! Simply look at how the existing fan is screwed to the case/case door and where it plugs into :) 



#8 dragon2611

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 16:02

Just to confirm it is definately broken and not simply connected to a fan header or fan controller that's configured to only turn it on when the case temprature exceeds a certian point?



#9 Mindovermaster

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 16:05

in the past i bought a pc from a shop and they put a sticker on the back of the case over the side panel

"if sticker is broken warranty is void". so it could happen

 

Again, stupid suppliers. Normally if you ever want an upgrade, you'd have to go through them and pay an extra $100 for them to install it. Never buy from a random shop.



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 19:30

Just to confirm it is definately broken and not simply connected to a fan header or fan controller that's configured to only turn it on when the case temprature exceeds a certian point?

 

I thought about that possibility too and besides the fan being always turned off and the other two always on, the Open Hardware Monitor tool only detects two fans, this is what makes me belief that it is broken, I never seen it working and the case is open.

 

For the people saying that replacing a fan is easy, it is a double fan, it is connected in series with another one that is working. I checked all the cables for loose cables and nothing, it seems that both fans have a single motherboard connector with three pins that say "sysFan1"