Consequences of a CPU w/o a heatsink fan.
My brother is running a 10+ year old Gateway computer, which was originally designed for Windows ME... yeah... it's running XP Pro now and serves him fine.
Well, his heatsink fan died. I was looking at it and was wondering why I smelled something cooking... like bacon... I look at the fan, and here it isn't moving. I was like wtf? So I shut it down, rip the thing apart, and there's just globs of dust pinned in between each fin of the heatsink. That... was indeed cooking.
So, I cleaned it out, put some new CPU compound down, and the fan worked again. I turned the computer on and was doing some typical stuff like a defrag and whatnot since I know my brother never does and I turned around and went to Taco Bell.
I come home to see the computer monitor sleeping, as usual. Thing is, it wouldn't wake up... despite the fact the thing was powered on. I look down... ****. The fan is off again.
And man... that heatsink was hotttttttttttttttttt too. So I ordered him a new heatsink and the computer is remaining off.
Question is, what are the consequences of the computer running without a fan for those time periods? The 2nd time, I thought the fan was cleaned out fine to run again. But turns out, 10 years of running 24/7 just killed it.
Think the CPU is fine?