Hello,You are right that it is unlikely it is overheated, BUT if the system detects that the CPU fan is not functioning it will shut off automatically to prevent damaging your CPU.
So most likely the CPU fan/heatsink that sits on top of the CPU itself is not functioning.
is there anything I can do about this other than replace the whole unit ie heat sink fan?
Unlikely, assuming that the fan is actually connected and receiving power, then the fan will need to be replaced otherwise it can cause permanent damage to your CPU.
ok so basically this pc is screwed lol
ok I guess what your saying is what I had thought but I had parly expected this to be a fixable bios error rather than a parts failure but I guess its rather hard to tell from a few sentances
There's an easy way to tell, open the side of your computer.
Power your computer on.
since most errors of this type are triggered by an actual temp reading as per shut down and again assuming the cpu isnt over heated that is why Im thinging false error.
CPU Fan Error has nothing to do with temperature.
A temperature error is different.
But as I said, open the side of your computer and power the computer on.
If the fan starts spinning, then it's a false read. However, I've never seen that. It's not receiving power and as a result not spinning, so it's a dead fan.
Now if it is spinning, you can go into your BIOS and reset to default settings to see if that bypasses the error for a start.
how would you get into bios snf by pass the auto shut down?
So it literally shuts down before you can press anything?
yes right after the error message it shuts off
If so, then that's confirmation that it's an actual hardware issue as it's using a safety shutoff. If the error were a false error you'd be able to press F1 to continue and still boot up.
And no, this doesn't mean your computer is screwed. A replacement heatsink/fan is not expensive and it's a relatively simple fix.
Even if you aren't comfortable doing it yourself, it shouldn't be more than $40-50 for a technician to fix.
no I simply meant it is screwed for now there is no way to use it and considering the age it seems to be a short term solution I guess. but then it happens
Yes, fan failure rates over time in a PC are fairly high. Still, a fan replacement will set you up for a few more years perhaps. I'd recommend also cleaning the inside of the case thoroughly when doing so as dust is the number 1 killer of fans.
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