Fans are the primary cooling devices used in most types of computers and are typically installed in the case and in the power supply of desktop machines and are also often installed directly on the CPU or GPU.

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Can you tape a fan to a heatsink?

The old screws to the aftermarket fan I bought won't fit. Can I tape the new fan to the old heatsink? This part of the heatsink doesn't come in contact with the processor. It sits on top of the ...
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iMac fan going on and off

We have an iMac at our house which hasn't been turned on for about two month. I've turned it on and I'm getting some updates done, but the iMac fan is behaving weirdly. It goes full speed, and then ...
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No Thermal paste on box CPU?

I just bought a boxed i5. There was no thermal paste included. I understand that it is normally pre-applied to the stock fan in box sets. I didn’t notice that before mounting. However there was an ...
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Do Unix-based Systems retain Daemons or Hardware Information post-Reboot?

Background: I dual-boot Mac OSX Yosemite and Ubuntu 15.04 on a Macbook Pro Retina with rEFInd boot loader. I have a customized daemon for controlling the fans on Ubuntu, the reason being that I have ...
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How to make Windows 8 tablets cooler? (lower temperature / less fan use)

I've got a Windows 8.1 work tablet (Wacom Cintiq Companion 2) that often runs pretty hot. Its fan(s) kick in sporadically at different speeds and their highest speeds are alarmingly loud - some ...
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PC Case Side loudly vibrating when on high fan RPM

My CPU is an AMD FX-6300 and it is cooled by it's stock cooler. The problem with the stock is that it tends to spin at 6600+ RPM when on heavy load. So every time I start GTA V for example I start ...
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Computer shutting down randomly - possibly overheating?

My computer will randomly shut down, usually it's while playing a game or doing a high processing task, and the last thing I will hear is my loud fan. But sometimes the fan won't be too loud and I'll ...
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Acer Aspire 5720z fan won't run unless I let it warm up then shutdown and restart machine

I recently did a clean install of Linux Mint 17.2 on my Acer Aspire 5720z laptop. Prior to that I had been running Ubuntu for several years, the last version being 14.04. The laptop cooling fan ran ...
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My HP 4540s only boots to BIOS when it's COLD — I have to chill it in the freezer first [closed]

I have a 2 year old HP Probook 4540s, core i5. It is dual-booted with Win 8.1 and Mac 10.9.5. Has run stable for the 1 year I've owned it. The other day I got a "Fan Error 90B" on startup. Inspected ...
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Desktop Computer Not Starting

We have a desktop computer which is currently not starting up. When the PSU is plugged into the wall and switched on (via the switch on the back of the PSU itself) the PSU fan and the CPU fan spin for ...
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Noisy CPU Fan in Linux Mint

I have a Dell Inspiron laptop with Windows 8.1. The CPU fan is quiet when I use Windows. I installed Linux Mint with Cinnamon on another partition, but the fan is noisy all the time when I use Linux ...
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Why does my MacBook Pro (8,2, running Yosemite) get so hot?

This may look like a duplicate, but I've done research and noticed that everyone else is asking why their MacBook Pro Early 2011 (8,2) gets so hot- while they're using it. I constantly have activity ...
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PC case fan goes humming when CPU fan goes high

It's really bothering when I hear the weird noises from PC fan which is caused by CPU fan when CPU load is high. On CPU fan high rpm (e.g. while gaming) a noise from the fan installed on the side door ...
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Computer making various noises and sometimes runs slowly

My computer has been making some very strange noises for several months now. The first noise it made was when I installed Speed Fan and after the second time of running the program, my computer made a ...
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Toshiba Laptop, fan only turns on when I'm either idle or overheating

There is a real problem with my fan on my Toshiba Satellite Laptop, it always works on max when I'm browsing the internet and doing stuff that doesn't do anything to performance but it turns off when ...
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ASUS PC Fan issue

I have an ASUS Desktop PC with intel CORE i7. I tried turning it on and here's what happens. After 5 seconds of turning it on (approximate) it raises the fan on the middle to the max level. It keeps ...
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Can a stuck case fan cause the system to freeze?

Recently, my computer freezes sometimes at random. The freeze has no bluescreen and Windows 7 does not even generate a memory dump, the screen is just still and it doesn't respond to my keyboard and ...
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PSU fan (power supply fan) not spinning. But computer works

The PSU fan on my computer is not spinning at all. I've now run a high def video for 20 mins and it's still not spinning at all. I read there's power saving features that will power down the fan, but ...
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Screen pitch black after random shudown, Gpu's fans full speed.

This morning I went to power up my pc and BAM. My screen is pitch black. Noticed that Gpu's fans were at full speed. Switched to my moba gpu and well, it works fine. I cant understand if it's a GPU ...
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Gigabyte Geforce2 GV-GF2010D radiator

I have old-crustry videocard Gigabyte's Geforce2 GV-GF2010D which fits perfectly in PC i want to restore. The videocard's fan is missing and radiator seems to be glued on main chip. I tried heating it ...
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Does temporarily removing the fan from the heatsink void AMD’s warranty?

I needed to RMA my newly-bought motherboard, so that meant removing the CPU and HSF. Now i need to clean the remnants of thermal goop from the CPU and heatsink in order to put the new one afterward, ...
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ASUS G53SW fans spinning at full speed

My Asus G53SW laptop had a video output problem which I narrowed down to a GPU failure. Took it apart, reflowed the GPU with a hot air desoldering station, applied new paste, cleaned the fans and ...
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How can a case fan with a 8pin connector plug into the 4pin fan header on the motherboard?

I recently bought a Delta 12cm case fan online and it has a 8pin connector (but only 7 wires) which I can't plug it into the motherboard. I put a typical 3pin fan connector beside it in the image, so ...
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Laptop air vent closed with piece of plastic from inside

I have a new laptop with an air vent with what looks to be a piece of plastic or tape that is stuck against it on the inside. Is this a manufacturing mistake? Should it safe to remove by either ...
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How does airflow work inside ATX PSUs with 12cm fans? [closed]

It sucks in air from inside the case but how does the heated air get out of the PSU? There's holes at the back but we all know that hot air doesn't travel sideways unless forced. Also in my case the ...
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Target CPU temperature for AMD FX processor

I have got an AsRock 980DE3/U3S3 R2.0 motherboard with the FX-6300 procesor. I am using the stock cooler. What is the recommended target temperature to set in the fan speed control in BIOS?
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Laptop fan makes a strange noise every time it starts and stops [closed]

I don't know if it is cracked or if the rolling contact bearing needs to be oiled. I attached a link to a video from my OneDrive to present the problem better. ...
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Alienware M14x going real hot in Idle

I have an Alienware M14x which I started noticing the fans going extremely high at idle, pretty much right after a boot too. I downloaded HWMonitor to check what's up and it turns out it's at about ...
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Acer Aspire V3-772G fan direction

I'm not a hardware person. If the computer runs, I'm happy. If it randomly shuts down, I'm not. I recently bought a second hand Acer Aspire V3-772G and noticed that it gets very hot very fast, even ...
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Dusty Environment - Fan Alternative

I manage several desktop computers in dusty environments. We frequently must clean out the cases to ensure adequate ventilation. Is there such a thing as reliable, fanless cooling for an ...
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xfce4-power-manager does not Off Fan in Debian 8

I have recently installed Debian 8 for amd64 in my laptop. Laptop is dell vostro. I also install LXDE environment. As manage power I installed xfce4-power-manager (because this recommend for lxde). ...
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PC whirring sound, until physically touched (Video included)

When I turn on my PC, it starts making a whirring sound. This noise sometimes stops on its own after 15-30 minutes, but sometimes it doesn't until I physically touch it. Turn up your volume a bit if ...
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Loud noise coming from laptop [closed]

A friend brought me his laptop, complaining that it sometimes makes a loud noise. Sure enough, every once in a while, it makes a real loud noise. There's only 2 moving parts in there: the hard ...
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Is liquid cooling necessary for high CPU performance over extended periods?

I'm planning on building a system for high CPU and memory performance. Graphics performance is not a major concern, as I do not plan to use it for gaming. I noticed that liquid cooling seems to have ...
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My laptop works too slow when it is moved/vibrated

Recently my laptop's (HP envy 15) fan works too loud and gets warmer than before. When the laptop is moved, the laptop works slow for 30-90 seconds then it turns to normal, especially if any video is ...
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Running my laptop without CPU fan for i7 3630M for 24-hour period under mostly light use - what could go wrong? [closed]

My Lenovo laptop (Y500 I believe) has been bugging the living daylights out of me for months. The CPU fan kept going wild, spinning unpredictably, making a horrible noise, and actually slowing my PC ...
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Laptop fan compatibility

I have a Lemur Ultra 3 laptop from system76, and recently, the CPU fan has started making a rattling noise. I want to replace it with a new one to resolve this problem. The CPU is an i7-2670QM. By ...
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CPU is hot and CPU fan making very many RPMs and much noise. (CPU fan not listed in speedfan)

On Saturday I replaced the motherboard of my computer because my old motherboard wasn't working anymore. Everything went well, and after some tries my PC was booting and working! I noticed the CPU fan ...
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iMac crashes randomly : apple hardware test codes 4M0T/40000003:HDD-1325

My iMac(mid 2011 27 inch) is consistently crashing after 15-30 minutes, vertical lines flash and it goes to a grey or pink screen, then restarts after about 2 minutes. I have run the apple hardware ...
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PC black screen and fast fans

so I've had big issues with my computer for about 2 months now. After 2 years, my video card seemingly died, so I bought a 280x as a replacement. Well after 2 months, if supposedly failed as well, so ...
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Why does sensors-detect only see my coretemp-isa-000 adapter?

I am running Kubuntu 14.04 with an intel i7-4790k cpu and ASRock extreme 6/ac motherboard, but sensors-detect does not give me anything but the core ISA adapter. I know I can sense fan speeds on the ...
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MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II fans stuttering/not working

I've narrowed down some performance issues I've been having to problems with the fans on the graphics card. One fan will rapidly spin for a second, then stop for a second, repeating forever. The ...
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Retina MacBook 15 retina fan noise: Should I replace or lubricate the fans to minimize noise?

My Retina MacBook (Mid-2012, i7, 256, 8GB, 650mb hard disk drive) is making a loud fan noise. Left fan is “OK” at 3100rpm when idle but the right fan us loud even at 2700rpm. I compare it to friend’s ...
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Noisy 1U fan, can it be changed?

I have a 1U computer I'd like to use at my desk, unfortunately, it is very noisy. It has at least one fan that pushes so much air that it sounds like an helicopter. The fan does not rattle, so the ...
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CPU fan speed not increasing while in game

I have a weird CPU fan issue - as long as I'm playing a game (Cities: Skylines), the CPU fan keeps spinning at the usual RPM while the CPU temperature starts increasing. As expected, the CPU overheats ...
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Case fan not spinning

I was plugging in my computer and I noticed that one of my case fans wasn't spinning and the other one was. I opened up the case and spun the fan with my hand and it started spinning again. I ...
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Laptop stand fans direction?

I have just purchased a portable laptop stand with some cooling fans that come attached but something seems the wrong way around. The fans air directtion pulls air through the laptop stand and down ...
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Why aren't my case fans spinning?

I have an ASUS P6T WS Professional motherboard mounted in a Thermaltake Armor+ case. The case has a fan on the front of the chassis that is functioning, but the rear fan behind the CPU heatsink (the ...
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How to limit the fan speed to X until temperature Y? (or similar)

Even though my laptop is cold, whenever I plugged it in, fan speed increases. How can I manually override the settings so that the fan speed is limited to X until temperature Y? (or something similar) ...
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Will a Noctua NH-D15 fit inside a bitfenix colossus full tower? [closed]

Building my first PC and wanted to make sure they will cooperate before purchasing. Thanks in advance!