4600C Cooling Fan Inop

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4600C Cooling Fan Inop

  • My cooling fan for 4600C appears to have totally stopped. First indication of no cooling is system shutdown.  I have placed  a small portable fan blowing on back of unit, but appears I need a new fan.  Any ideas? Can I order a fan and replace it myself?  is this a commoin problem with the 4600C?
  • Not a common issue but all fans can fail. The 4600C uses a centrifugal fan. They are easily replaceable (I love Dell systems for ease of service !) and appear to be somewhat available outside of Dell.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/DELL-OPTIPLEX-GX260-GX270-4600C-CPU-HEATSINK-FAN_W0QQitemZ230022833025QQihZ013QQcategoryZ80149QQcmdZViewItem
  • The fans Dell uses are actually pretty good, ball bearing, brushless.  They are off-the-shelf products, with the exception that the connector is Dell-specific.

    The compact design of the C models makes cooling very difficult without the main fan running.  I wouldn't use it that way if I could help it.  If you must, open the case and direct the external fan inside.

    Aftermarketers do sell Dell-compatible fans, but make sure the site specifies the exact model it is to go in, as the fan features and connectors are model-specific.

    Removing the heatsink to replace the fan, it is strongly preferable to remove all the old heatsink compound from both surfaces and replace it with new upon reassembly.