Power Supply Fan

I have two Gateway E-4200 desktops. In one of them the power supply fan quits blowing a few seconds after booting up. I've switched power supply and fans between the two computers, the same computer's fan quits blowing with either power supply and fan, and it gets hot. How do I keep the fan going and cooling?

terrybue
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compfixer101Commented:
when say the same computer's fan quits  do you mean the original fan quits on both computers  or only one of the computer's fans stop working no matter what fan



either go into BIOS or CMOS during bootup   on the screen it should say hit the ______  KEY to enter setup(or it may say CMOS, BIOS instead of setup but it might not say it at all if you see the gateway logo)    once the computer beeps once  it is too late     mostly the keys are F1   F5    delete     enter    esc    or even F10    try hit some of them   could be any function KEY(key on the keyboard that has F then a number next to it)  try it on your in look around for something that has to do with fan controls                    

IF you have a user's manual read that first since it may have a motherboard jumper  inside        i am not sure



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terrybueAuthor Commented:
Both fans keep blowing on one computer and the problem computer both fans stop after a few seconds when booting up and do not start again. I'm going to look around in bios setup now. thanks
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_Commented:
Strip it down to CPU, RAM, and Videocard only. If the fan still stops, put the CPU, RAM and Videocard from the other one in. If it still stops, the motherboard is probably flaky. You can also put CPU, RAM and Videocard in the working system, just to make sure it is not one of them that is the problem.
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terrybueAuthor Commented:
I can find nothing in the bios that works.

After turning on the computer we get the:

Gateway logo then
Starting Windows 2000 screen across the bottom then
The Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional window

On bootup, when the Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional window is first displayed, that is when the fan stops, and does not start again. After awhile we start to get a burn't smell, so I shut it off until it cools down.
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Forgot to say, if it keeps running when you strip it down, then something you disconnected\took out is the problem.
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terrybueAuthor Commented:
I'm going to try it right now.

When the operationg system first starts to load the fan stops.
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_Commented:
>> operationg system first starts to load <<   Might be unrelated, but will keep it in mind if all hardware checks out OK.   : )
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terrybueAuthor Commented:
coral47

With the hard drive disconnected, the fan stays running.
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_Commented:
That's a new twist.  : D
HD's usually keep a system from posting altogether or give a disk error. First one I heard of killing just the PSUfan after it starts loading the OS.
Try another HD just to make sure that it is not the mobo's IDE channel doing it, and this HD in another system to double check (try it as slave also, to help rule out the OS).
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terrybueAuthor Commented:
I've put in a new hard drive and am loading Windows Me on it. We'll see what happens.
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Ok. I'll check back tomorrow. It's 1:30am here, and time for me to get some sleep. Good Luck.  : )
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terrybueAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help, I'll let you know.
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nobusCommented:
try booting into safe mode; if it keeps running, it's a software matter; if not, you know...
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compfixer101Commented:
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terrybueAuthor Commented:
I put in another hard drive, reloaded the OS. The fan is working great now.

Thanks all,

terrybue
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Thank you much.    : )

Thanks also for the new twist. Hardware is SO much fun.   : D
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