Ok so I took my Inspiron 8600 to the Geek Squad to see if I could get it fixed. The cooling fan quit and now the computer will boot only up to the OS (XP). The guy told me that it looked like my hard drive was fried and that it would cost more to fix it than to buy a new one. (Hello!... that unit cost me 2k). So inevitably I'm trying to fix it myself. I bought a new fan and my next step is to use the recovery disk. I would like to know if my efforts will be fruitless. Is it likely that I won't be able to recover my hard drive?
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Was this fan a case fan or the one on the CPU heat sink?
When the fan died did the computer shut down?
Does the fan in the PSU run? Does the fan on the CPU heat sink run? Are the LEDs on the motherboard or case on?…
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