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Old Athlon 1800


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I had an old computer my son was using for general surfing, etc. For about a week now the CPU fan was making noise.I was out of town for a few days and when I got back, the computer wasn't running. If the fan went, would it stop the computer from operating? I'm pretty sure it isn't the power supply as it tries to fire up for about 2 seconds, and then shuts down. Usually, if a power supply is hooped, you get no response(dead). Anyone got any ideas? Is there a way to test to see if it is the fan?

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Either the CPU is in a thermal event.. so the BIOS could be shutting it down if the CPU is not being cooled enough..  The other possibility is that you cooked the CPU completely...  In either situation you should still be able to boot the PC and see the BIOS information.  It will just warn you that there is no CPU installed if the CPU is cooked.

Speaking of thermal events... I have a 2U server with a XP 2000+ processor in it.. and it just thermal'ed.. The system became unresponsive and then just stopped working and an error was displayed on the ssh console..

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