[Gllug] Computer won't turn on

general_email at technicalbloke.com general_email at technicalbloke.com
Fri Dec 3 16:52:27 UTC 2010

On 03/12/10 08:50, Chris Bell wrote:
> On Fri 03 Dec, general_email at technicalbloke.com wrote:
>> Also, check your fans are all spinning up too, dead/stuck fans can cause
>> the same problem. On desktop machines it's very rare for a CPU fan not
>> to come on at power on time by design - I've only ever seen that on one
>> model of IBM so if it doesn't spin you might have found your culprit. If
>> it doesn't spin then heating it with a hairdryer for a minute will
>> sometimes get it going again but you'll need to replace it in the long term!
>     Ball bearing fans may make slightly more audible noise but they usually
> last well. Sleeve bearing fans use a sintered (compressed powder) bearing
> that is "lubricated for life" by oil or grease soaked into the porous
> lattice. The lubrication dries out, but the bearing can be re-lubricated by
> peeling back the label and possibly removing a rubber plug.

Ooh, nice tip, thanks! :)

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