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Power Supplies
Last updated: 5/8/02

Q.  How does one fix a power supply with a noisy fan?

Recently my power supply fan has become noisy. I called the computer shop where I bought the computer and they told me to clean it and if that didn't help, I would need a new one for $50. The fan is still working fine, but the noise is making me nervous. I cleaned it and it is still noisy. Are there any easy fixes? And if not, can the fan be replaced cheaper than a new power supply?

A.  The bearing on the fan has probably gone. Most fans can be replaced, but most require some soldering to do it. The labor and parts charged by most shops would exceed the cost of a new power supply.  $50 is a little high unless it includes labor which would make it a bargain.

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