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Pinball 2000 Fan Replacement Upgrade
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Overview:Many Star Wars: Episode 1 games have suffered from failed cooling fans on the power supply and CPU chip. This causes the computer system to overheat and the game can lock up or shut down. If the power supply overheats too much, it can destroy itself, requiring a complete replacement unit (usually $80 to $100). Further damage to the system can occur, too, if the game overheats too much from a failed cooling fan.
The last unit we replaced which had burned itself up came out of a game that had only 670 total plays on it since being purchased new. The cooling fan seized up and caused the unit to overheat, thus killing the power to the rest of the computer system. The CPU cooling fan in this game was still partly functioning, but was making a buzzing, grinding sound, and wasn't spinning at near full speed. Both units were replacd.
Although Revenge From Mars uses similar fans in it's computer system, it hasn't experienced near the number of failures as SW:E1.
Recommended Solution:We recommend purchasing high-quality replacement ELINA FAN power supply and cpu DC cooling fans from Indek Corporation. Their web site address is www.indek.com. They feature online product shopping and ordering.
NOTE: As of December, 2007, Indek Corp. is no longer in business, so the fans listed below are discontinued and no longer available. We have no updated information on any replacements for these parts at this time.
You can get product information from them directly at: www.indek.com/products/product.html
As an option, (or for complete power supply unit replacement) you may want to check out the PC Power and Cooling web site. They produce high quality complete replacement power supply units.
If you want or need to replace your entire power supply unit, we recommend this robust unit from PC Power & Cooling:
NOTE: As of December, 2007, the Turbo-Cool 300 Slim unit listed below is now discontinued from PC Power and Cooling. They may have a similar replacement unit available- contact them directly if you are interested. We have no updated information on any replacements for this part at this time.
The Turbo-Cool 300 Slim is a heavy-duty 300-watt unit, as opposed to the 200-watt unit which is original equipment in these games. It also has a high-quality ball-bearing cooling fan, which will hold up well and keep the unit running cool.
Installation:Disclaimer: As with all of our Technical Articles, please read the disclaimer at the top of our Technical Articles Index Page. This disclaimer applies to this, and all other technical articles, information, and suggestions on our site.
Note: If you attach the wires wrong (backwards) then the fan will not work. You can check your work as you go along by using the game's line cord and plugging it into the back of the PC case, then turn the unit on/off with the pushbutton switch on the front of the PC case.
Power Supply Fan: