Broken Processer Fan?

By noparking1307 ยท 17 replies
Dec 14, 2005
  1. This morning i was on world of warcraft, and in the middle of the game i hear a loud click from inside my computer, i immediatly shut off the system, and when i opened it up the top clasp that held on my processer fan had broken off, and the plastic part it clips to had broken so i couldent reattach it. when attempting to restart the system, it turns on for a few seconds and shuts off. can anyone explain this please? sorry for the lack of information, i dont know too much about what happend.
  2. Surkitz

    Surkitz TS Rookie Posts: 145

    dont know how that happened but sounds like youll need

    a new fan or a new attachment. i wouldnt try running the system with it broken like that. it only takes a few seconds to overheat a processor without any cooling devices and then your really in bad shape.

  3. noparking1307

    noparking1307 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok, well is the system not starting because the fan is broken? because when i start it up, the fan goes, but the cpu shuts off. what could be causing the shutdowns?

  4. Surkitz

    Surkitz TS Rookie Posts: 145

    is the fan still attached somehow? your bios might have a feature that detects if the fan is malfunctioning and if it is, it probably has a safety feature to shut your system down so you dont overheat
  5. noparking1307

    noparking1307 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yah its still attached by the bottem bracket. so best bet to get a new fan?
  6. Surkitz

    Surkitz TS Rookie Posts: 145

    id do it...for safety sake. i dont see your system specs, so i cant tell what all you've got "under the hood," but id say you'd want to protect your investment. just my thoughts.
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Did your heatsink come detached from your CPU? If so, you are shutting down from overheating. Once you break that seal between your CPU and heatsink, it has to be re-seated. You are at risk of permanent damage to your CPU everytime you try and turn it on.

    Where is the clip break? Is it the heatsink clip that broke or is it the clip on the motherboard? Hopefully just the heatsink, as that is easily replaced. But if it is your motherboard that has broken.... ouch. Warranty?

    Or.... did the fan come off of the heatsink only? (as opposed to the heatsink coming off the CPU).
  8. noparking1307

    noparking1307 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    its still attached but both clips are not connected, olny the bottom one, ok so how would i know if i overheated my processer? would the comp even turn on for that second if it was burnt out? i'm not sure if the fan came off the heatsink or if it came off the cpu, how would i telll?

  9. Surkitz

    Surkitz TS Rookie Posts: 145

    well, from experience with an amd...youll hear it start up, then smell a "funny burning smell" then, nothing but a fan noise. now i m not saying youve already done this. D'OH i forgot the cooling fan. lucky it was a friends computer hehe.
  10. noparking1307

    noparking1307 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok well i havent smelt anthing wierd yet and the cpu still sounds the same when it boots up, just as if it was going to boot up, so its not just the fan. thats good to know. ty

  11. Surkitz

    Surkitz TS Rookie Posts: 145

    oh i forgot to ask...when you opened the case up was the fan hanging off or was it still attached. if it was still attached you should be ok.
  12. osram

    osram TS Rookie Posts: 47

    man dont you dare to run the system without any heatsink coolage.. the CPU could turn neurotic... run kill frenzy, and cause a massacre in your appartment.

    seriously noparking1307 there are so many ways a cpu can break without it even being your own fault so why risk anything? you should really listen to Surkitz.
  13. noparking1307

    noparking1307 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    still attached. the fan still works fine, u think my cpu just has a safety setting on that shuts off the comp when the fan isent attached properlly?
  14. Surkitz

    Surkitz TS Rookie Posts: 145

    might be. lets hope so for safety sake. not sure what bios you're running and what features it has but first things first. get the fan clip thing fixed somehow
  15. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406


    OK, this probably doesn't look exactly like yours, but it'll be something like this.

    Where did the break happen? In the pic above, did the black fan come off the silver heatsink? Or did the heatsink (grey part) come undone from the motherboard?

    If it is the grey part that has come undone, we need to know what is broken. A part on the heatsink, or a part on the motherboard (holding the heatsink).
  16. noparking1307

    noparking1307 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    this is what broke, its a plasic part that skrews onto the processer and holds the fan with 2 metal clasps which u can see on the left hand side, the thing im pointing to is the part that broke, i found that if i turn on the computer while pushing down on the side that is not clasped down, the computer starts fine, so im thinking im just gonna have to get a new plastic thingy :) am i correct?
  17. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Unfortunately, I can't see the graphic you uploaded. Sounds like angelfire doesn't like you taking up their bandwidth ;)

    But it sounds to me from your description that it is the heatsink. As long as the motherboard clip is fine, you should be able to attach a new heatsink on the CPU. Make sure the heatsink has either a thermal pad or some thermal paste before you attach (and only a very small amount).

    But I would stop using your computer in the meantime, or you are at risk of permanent damage.
  18. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    I just saw that picture now

    link is (others can cut and paste this url into your browser to view )

    Hard to see, but it looks like it is the heatsink that broke. Are you sure that the part that the heatsink ATTACHES to (the motherboard) is intact?

    Also, what socket type is your motherboard? We can suggest a new one for you based on that info.
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