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    After a bit of googling it seems the 5-pin connector is Dell only... solution - multimeter one of the fans (should be able to get a contact just inside the connector. Find 12v, spilce wires onto one of those 3 pin splitters - done!

    That way the Dell will still think it's got a proper fan plugged in (as aparently you have to hit F1 on boot if they don't) and you can splice on whatever fan catches your eye...

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    Why not replace the pc with an atom based pc - much less power and therefore going to run a lot cooler?

    If not how about one of the antec thermally controlled fans running off a 12v power supply? - It will only come on when its needed then?

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    What about getting the locker down to your DT Dept and getting some proper vents cut into it, then meshing it out?
    Another idea to consider, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by contink View Post
    Dumb ass suggest I know but what's stopping you shutting down the PC and modifying the spare SATA power cable to turn it into a standard molex...
    There is no spare SATA, and what cable there is that we might splice off of, is about 1" in length, so there is no room for manoeuvre really. In addition, the machine is under warranty with Dell, so slicing connectors and cables up isn't really an option as it would undoubtedly invalidate our warranty.

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    Ahh, good point.

    SATA Power Extension Cable : Internal SATA Cables : Maplin

    Sata power cable extension? Splice into that?

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