How to Replace a Computer Processor Fan

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Replacing a computer processor fan is as simple as unscrewing the four screws that keep the fan in place and replacing it with a new fan. Examine the inside of a computer to figure out where the processor fan is located with help from a computer technician in this free video on PC maintenance.

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Hi, I'm Gary Malec and in this video I'm going to show you how to change a processor fan on your computer. Now every processor is different. They are always going to be different. I can't stress that enough. So you make sure you figure out on your own, at least the concept of how it goes on and off because they are all different. This one here has four screws, Phillips head all around each side. So I have a regular Phillips head screwdriver and I am going to go around and just unscrew it. Its that simple. This is a later model Pentium, core 2 series processor and fan. I think they pretty much all have this four screw set up. They might not all just screw in as easily as this one. Some of them have clips, clamps, snaps. Generally there you go, just removed it. Now what your doing is putting in and do the same. Make sure it is in all around nice and secure. Be very careful. Always be extremely careful, can't stress that enough. Go across, if you do one side, don't do the one right next to it, go across and tighten the next one. It will work out better in the long run that way. Go over here, and then over here. Make sure their tight. Don't over tighten, never over tighten, and there you have it.

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