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We used to have a TV that we had to do the same thing with in warm weather. Not with the case off, of course.
I actually had to do something similar to this with a server once while waiting for a replacement power supply whose cooling fan had crapped out.
very charming, looks like a sweet place to work
I have sooooo done that.
Very cool, Funny and Functional.
Saves on a can of compressed air as well.
I’ve done that too… I mean, hey it works, why not? :P
Except I didn’t tape it to the case, I just pointed it at the case…
I hooked up a garden hose to mine… it didn’t pan out as well as I had hoped.
Am I the only one who noticed the fan is facing the wrong way?
@WeaponX, it’s either an intake fan or they switched the blade around within the fan’s casing.
For about two years, I had a Vornado fan strapped to my wide open case in a very similar fashion… Once I spilled cereal on the fan and it sprayed my mb with milk and cereal shards for that extra cooling effect
@WeaponX and DaFoo,
I’m pretty sure it is facing the wrong way… but it’s a funny picture, and I would hope that they didn’t actually think it would work. I think it’s a bad thing to put on a site where there is a mixture of people who may or may not know what they are doing… it gives bad ideas. So for everyone out there… don’t try this at home! ;)
If a fan is pushing air out (toward the front) and you manage to flip the blade over, the air still flows out. You would have to reverse the motor rotation to change from front to back.
it’s neither a practical intake or outtake fan. In order for that to work properly you need to correctly seat the cooling source inside the tower. Also, the case needs to be sealed correctly to provide proper air flow in and out of the unit. If this image is not a fake to begin with, the fan is just pushing lots of air and room dust into the computer, which will eventually do more damage.
brilliant!!! but did anybody wonder long would the tapes hole the *heavy* fan in place???
In the warmest months of summer, I’ll add a window fan to blow directly at my tower. It sometimes fails on a bootup or restart if it’s too hot. I won’t remove the case cover, though, lets in too much dust. And that would lead to over heating again.
It does not beat these two:
Oh, Lord, this brings back recent memories. I had to use a desk fan to cool down my older Dell Optiplex…they didn’t have an internal fan or power supply. Nice little system, but I love my new Lenovo tower, sans fan, much better!
I’ve had many cheap cases where they would stay cooler if you open the case. Ad long as you get the hot air OUT then whatever method you use is good enough. +1 for redneck cooling!
WeaponX: No, you’re not!
That is something else
@JackCrow: Those are some pretty good pics. Definite win!
wow extreme pc cooling :D
really funny guys!!!! perhaps you should aircon your room for not just to cool your pc but also you!!! lol!!
Bottom line is that it doesn’t work in the real world, but it makes a funny picture. +1 on R.
Must have been Dell :D
no, Hewlett-Packard, logo is on the top front of the case.
It does work if you have a CPU and/or case failure. One friends of mine have tried it and it was a perfect replacement for CPU fan in a very humid and hot weather.
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