Subject: Power Supply (fan) Problem
By: Bill (IP: 24.211.14.*)
Written on: 15-06-2005 20:02
I'm sure glad I came upon your site! From what I've read so far here, you are all talking about what I think is my problem.
I have a Pentium III 866 with 256RAM. The computer is about 4 or 5 years old. It has (of course) a power supply, but also a heat sink on the processor.
I am a web designer and use my computer constantly with a broadband connection. The problem has been occuring for the last few weeks.
Here's what it's been doing:
First; the power supply fan started to make a constant noise. Each time this happened, I used canned air to blow out the dust, and the problem would correct itself for a few more days.
Second; I got a couple of blue screens about two weeks ago. I didn't know why??? Plus, my machine has been slowing down considerably over the last month or so.
Third; twice in the last week, my machine just rebooted by itself with no warning!
Finally today, I started to smell a faint odor that didn't seem right. I put my hand by the fan in back, and it was not running! I immediately shut down!
After reading everything here, I am assuming that I need to make some radical changes to my box. Starting with a new power supply (not sure what to buy there), next... a new heat sink (again, in the dark), and lastly, either a better case (with more ventilation) or more internal case fans. I am also going to remove the unit from underneath my desk, to the top of my desk.
Based on my situation, is there a chance that something burned up inside (i.e. processor, MB, etc.)? If not, can I save my machine before it gets worse? Lastly, can someone tell me how to check the BIOS to find out the make of my MB, processor, etc.?
Thank you in advance for your help! It is appreciated!