How bad is it to (temporarily) keep using a computer power supply in which both fans have died?
February 8, 2005 10:09 AM Subscribe
How bad is it to (temporarily) keep using a computer power supply in which both fans have died? [+]
posted by Who_Am_I to computers & internet (9 answers total)
I bought a power supply on the cheap about a year ago, and now I'm paying the hidden cost. The fan that blows out the back was supposed to be temperature sensative, but I don't think that it ever actually ran. The fan that blows into the PSU was making wierd noise for a few months now, and I just noticed today that it has stopped working altogether (probably happened last night), so the PSU is not being directly cooled at all anymore. The case is not in danger of overheating (4 case fans).
The power supply is rated 450W, and is powering: 4 case fans, 4 hard drives, 1 CD/DVD R/RW drive, 1 floppy drive, 1 zip drive, and an iPod on a USB connection, but most of this stuff is not being used much (if at all).
I ordered a new PSU as soon as I noticed this morning, but is this a dangerous situation? Should I be using my computer at all right now?