So, fan in hand — well, in a plastic bag because it had the accumulated dust of ages upon it — I went downtown to J&R on my lunch break. Surely, the staff of this “New York institution since 1971” with “the best service and lowest prices around” would fulfil my needs!
Reader, they did not.
“Wow, this is an old fan,” observed the sale clerk. “I don’t think we can replace this.”
“None of these would work?” I asked plaintively, gesturing to a display rack bearing dozens of fans in various sizes. Some of them had LEDs and multiple speed settings.
“Let me ask my co-worker. He’s an expert.”
We asked the co-worker. He proclaimed himself utterly stumped.
So I came back to work and found this fan in two seconds by running a Google search on the brand name and model number of the old fan. Then I went to the J&R website, ran a search for “92 mm fan”, and came up with half a dozen hits, all of which are listed as “in stock.”
Keep in mind, I’m just the idiot customer; they’re the alleged experts.
Think I’ll have better luck at RadioShack?
* Unlike seemingly everyone else on my friends list, I have never named my computer. If I had, it would probably have been something along the lines of “Dilatory Bastard.”