Hi, I'm having a bit of a computer issue (well technically it's my girlfriend's computer but yeah) and was wondering if someone on here could help. My girlfriend's computer's processor fan went out recently, and after searching for a replacement, I found one, ordered it, and installed it. It fit and plugged in (a 3 pin connecter in a 4 pin socket). Then I closed the system unit and hooked everything back up, and powered up. The computer ran for about 30 seconds, and then suddenly shut off. When I tried to power back up, it gave a beep error code: High, Low, High, Low (all 4 long tones), which I haven't been able to find while researching the problem. I unplugged every thing and opened the case, made sure everything was connected correctly and it was. I tinkered around with it off and on all day, even plugging it into the system fan port 2, with the same result. Thinking maybe it was incompatible, the next day I opened my computer's system unit and hooked the fan up to the system fan port 2 on my motherboard. When I powered on my computer, it ran for a good several minutes, so I assume that means that the fan is good, yet incompatible with the motherboard and/or processor. The only thing that I noticed was that the connector on the first fan was a brownish color, as were the ports on my motherboard, whereas the ports on her motherboard and connector of the failed fan were white (have not been able to locate information as to if this is a color code). After some more research, I think I may have found a fan that will work with her computer, but before I buy it and it turns out to be a waste of money too, I wanted an expert opinion. Thank you for taking the time to read and/or reply to my message, I greatly appreciate it.
Link to computer specs: http://www.emachines.com/products/products.html?prod=W6409
Link to first/incompatible fan: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370262733709
Link to new/questionable fan: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2943299&CatId=1588