Expanding Foam Bag?

Hi guys,
So I just received my custom built computer the other day, and I've been having a few issues with it thus far.
After about twenty minutes of use, it will automatically shut down. Before it reaches this point, the front fan starts to make a lot of labouring sounds, which is really quite abnormal. It's fine once I turn it on to begin with.
Once I try to turn it on again, it'll shut down after about five seconds, until I leave it turned off for about half an hour, then this process repeats.

After speaking with my local technician, he said it sounded like some kind of overheating problem, as I can clearly see the fan up the back isn't rotating. This morning, I had a little bit of an experiment with it, and notice the fan up the back cannot move and this is due to expanding foam bags within the pc. They're fairly well stuck in there, so I can't move them. Being new to this whole custom built computer scene, I have no idea about these foam bags, nor have I ever witnessed them before. Am I required to remove them?

Thank you :)
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  1. Foam bags? Those uh, well, uhm... What?

    I've never even seen a foam bag, take them off if you can, don't void the warranty though.
  2. Remove all bags from inside the the computer. Sounds like they were shipped in there to protect the insides should something come loose.
  3. COLGeek said:
    Remove all bags from inside the the computer. Sounds like they were shipped in there to protect the insides should something come loose.


    Is there any particular technique to removing these bags? They're stuck in there pretty firmly, I haven't dared to actually attempt to yank them out yet, as I'm afraid of something going wrong on the inside.
  4. PinkZebra said:
    Is there any particular technique to removing these bags? They're stuck in there pretty firmly, I haven't dared to actually attempt to yank them out yet, as I'm afraid of something going wrong on the inside.


    Can you give us pictures? Foam bags aren't standard. :P

    That means we're working blind here.
  5. DarkSable said:
    PinkZebra said:
    Is there any particular technique to removing these bags? They're stuck in there pretty firmly, I haven't dared to actually attempt to yank them out yet, as I'm afraid of something going wrong on the inside.


    Can you give us pictures? Foam bags aren't standard. :P

    That means we're working blind here.


    There we go: http://i983.photobucket.com/albums/ae313/PinkZebbie/FoamBags_zps9f77ef4b.jpg

    As you can see, the bags are quite large, and stopping that back fan from rotating o:
  6. ... Huh.

    Those aren't designed to go inside the computer - you can see on the bag that they're just meant for packing around an item in a box.

    You can take the side panel off without breaking a warranty seal, yeah?
  7. Yeah those aren't supposed to be in there. Are they hooked on anything?
  8. DarkSable said:
    ... Huh.

    Those aren't designed to go inside the computer - you can see on the bag that they're just meant for packing around an item in a box.

    You can take the side panel off without breaking a warranty seal, yeah?

    Yes, that's exactly what I thought, and why I was so confused. It says nothing on the bags about actually being inserted -inside- the computer :s But uhm, yeah. I'll just try to take off the side panel now, as it seems my only option of removing the bags.
  9. Alright, I've removed the bags. Now I'm going to try and boot up my computer once more. I'll keep you posted with the results :)
    Thanks guys <3
  10. Wonderful!

    It didn't look like they were glued in or anything, so you should be just fine.
  11. How is the system running now?
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