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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power supply without original fan

Original fan (120 mm) rotates fast and makes quite a big noise I replace original fan with 140 mm fan which makes little noise. Original fan was located ~ 5 mm from other parts of power supply. The ...
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How to silence a notebook the second-most radical way? Performance does not matter

This sounds like a rather general question, but I did not find specific advice if one is eager to sacrifice performance for this task. The case: I am writing a thesis, and I need complete silence for ...
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SMD transistor on motherboard is blown after a big spark; case fan no longer works

So I installed a new fan and upon turning on the computer there was a huge spark with loud bang. Everything stopped working until I unplugged power from motherboard. Now upon boot, computer says one ...
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My computer is loud: How do I tell which fan is the issue?

On my new computer, my fan(s) is/are plain LOUD! Using SpeedFan, I find that my temps are all under 32 degrees C under my normal use (IDK how accurate that is but the CPU itself says 27 C). The fan ...
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CPU Thermal Margin is very low

My computer is restarting unexpectedly for some days. First I though Its an os issue. I gone through all the sys log and didn't find any clue. Then gone through bios event log. Nothing was there too. ...
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Computer Fan Spinning Faster, But Temerature Is In The Negatives

Recently my computer has been louder than it had been in the past, so I looked into it and I believe that my CPU's fan is working harder than it did before (it's definitely not due to dust build up, ...
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OpenSuse 12.3 gpu fan speed

I won't go into the details of what I tried and simply explain what I want. graphics card: AMD HD 4870 So I'm usually working with Windows 7 and my gpu is at 54C with 30% fan speed when idle. Now I ...
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Having two vents on a laptop instead of one

On my levono thinkpad sl410 there are two vents. The laptop has two CPUs - does that mean that each fan has its own vents?
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Should I be worried about my cpu fan?

I recently started to build a new cpu. Everything seems to work fine, but one thing that scares me is that during testing the system out, my fan didn't start up a few times. This fan is just right out ...
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What kind of tape do I need to tape cpu fan to heatsink in notebook?

I'm cleaning up a notebook from dust and the cpu fan is usualy taped to the heatsink all around it. This time half of the original tape was also covered with dust so I want to just replace it. Can ...
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How much clearance does my GPU fan need?

I just installed a second nVidia GTX 660 in my desktop. Both cards are connected to the PCIe x16 slots. I am also going to be installing a small RAID card in the system also. Originally I was sure ...
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Samsung Series 5 NP520U4C-A01UB FAN won't stop running on Windows 8.1

My Samsung series 5, model #: NP520U4C-A01UB, has a fan that won't stop running. I mean, it runs the whole time that I use the computer and never stops. I have tried fn+F11 but that didn't solve my ...
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Using electrostatically charged air filters on computer fans? Will I just be blowing charged particles into my case?

I've searched long and hard to try to find a straight answer to this question, but there seems to only be information on how electrostatically charged air filters work (you know, the kind you put on ...
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My laptop's fan is buzzing [duplicate]

My laptop's fan is making a loud sound similar to buzzing and even vibrates. Could someone tell me if I just have to clean the dust inside the laptop box or I have to take it to a specialist?
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Fans continuously turning on and off

I have a custom built computer that has suddenly started to act strange. The fans will continuously start and stop randomly. When they turn on, they stay on about 1 to 3 seconds, then turn off for ...
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ACER ASPIRE V3-571G-9435 Fan not kicking in leading to overclocking

This laptop has always had this problem. The temperatures kick up to the thermal ceiling of 99C for the CPU (i7-3610QM) and 94C for the GPU (GT 640M). Problem is, the FAN doesn't give a damn. It's ...
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Just built a pc, and the chassis fans are struggling

I have an Antec Three Hundred Two case, which comes with 2 chassis fans. I have an Asus Z87-A motherboard. The PSU is a corsair 850w. When I plugged it all together, and connected the case fans to ...
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Dell SC1425 Server Fan Issue

I have the above server in my garage and use it for web development. For the last couple of weeks the fans have been running at full speed and looks like one of them has failed as I ran a diagnostics ...
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Replacing faulty fan on CPU heatsink, minimum recommended air displacement

I woke up this morning with a broken fan on my CPU. The heatsink itself is a scythe Kabuto. The fan can be replaced quite easily at is a standard 120 mm fan. Now I'm not seeking for specific ...
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What kind of 3 pin fan connector is this, and where can I buy one?

I have a Cyberpower UPS with a very noisy 80mm fan, so I want to replace the fan with a quieter one. I bought a well-reviewed fan from Noctua, but the 3 pin connector doesn't quite fit. I didn't ...
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GPU fan stops working under heavy load

I have been experiencing hardware problems for a little while now and would like to know what the problem is exactly. What usually happen is while playing a game, my computer will freezes and I'll ...
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Laptop turns off randomly

Tonight I started having problems, meaning that my laptop started turning off instantly. I guess it is from overheating. It was happening when I tried playing some heavy game, but now it started doing ...
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Black spray (?) on a laptop's heat sink assembly

We have a HP Pavilion DV3 4000SB that was given an error on startup that the fan was having problems (System Fan 90b error message) So I decided to open the laptop up and clean the fan, as that ...
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How to control fan speed using SpeedFan?

The CPU fan in my laptop is running too fast. I wish to control the speed manually to my preference, at times. Here is a CPU-Z screenshot of my laptop configuration: And here is how SpeedFan ...
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Where to find 200mm case fans with 4-pins M/B connectors? And does it make any sense to use them?

I'm using this case for my high-end computer. It can accommodate two 200mm larger fans at the front (in) and top (out) and two 120mm smaller fans at the bottom (in) and rear (out). Unlike the one ...
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Can I replace my notebook's fan without replacing the heat sink?

My laptop (Acer Travelmate 8204) has started making a grinding noise, which seems to be coming from the fan (not the hard drive). Some articles online mention replacing the fan, but others imply that ...
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Sony Vaio E14 upgraded to Windows 8.1 has fan on full all the time

Having a bit of a nightmare after upgrading to 8.1 - the fan is constantly on maximum. This question and other sources around the net suggest upgrading the AMD driver. I have upgraded both the ...
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very noisy fan on my hp pavilion dm4 beats edition

As the title shows, the fan is very noisy. I don't remember since when but it's always running at its high speed and it's disturbing when i am in class. I tried to clean the fan, upgrade BIOS, ...
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Fan keeps running! Dell Inspiron N7010

I keep upgrading my laptop and still the fan continues to run ridiculously too loud and too often. It's a Dell Inspiron N7010, I upgraded the HDD to SSD, added 8 GB's of RAM, installed a new faster, ...
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Is a noisy laptop fan caused by dirt on the fan?

I got a Sony Vaio laptop VPCSA and its fan is noisy intermittently. At times it is very noisy and at other times it is pretty quite. I wonder whether this is caused by dirt on the fan that I can clean ...
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Control 2 fans as if they are 1?

I'm currently planning out my first PC build and have come to an unusual problem. As part of my build I decided to include an LCD screen-type fan controller, [this one] ...
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How can I fix or replace the fan of a Sapphire ATI Radeon 6770 graphics card?

In the last weeks I've noticed the fan of my Sapphire ATI Radeon 6770 graphics card is getting noisier and noisier. So I've tried to get the fan out, peel the sticker below and add a small amount of ...
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Preferred bearing type for a CPU fan

I've been doing some research into my first computer build and have come to a cross-roads when choosing my CPU fan. I have been told of various bearing types such as ball, sleeve, rifle, magnetic and ...
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Does the bios regulate temperature based on what cpu is installed?

I recently upgraded from an e8400 (intel dual 3.0) to a q9650 (quad 3.0). The original e8400 temperature at max load was 57 celcius. With the quad core it is now 71 C. I flashed a newer bios on and ...
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My graphics card is overheating and I'm trying to determine the most effective solutions

My hardware profile: Case: APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H PSU: Antec Neo Eco 400W CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 RAM: 5GB Dual-Channel ...
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CPU fan turns on for a second and stops, PC does not start at all

I have checked my PSU and it works fine. When I turn on the MOBO, the CPU fan, case fans and the psu fan itself turn on for half a second and then turn off. The PC remains off. The Bios light turns ...
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Is a “System Temperature” of 51 degC (123 degF) normal / OK?

My reported System Temperature (when idle) is considerably higher than all other reported temps on my (new) machine. When Sys Temp is 51C, other reported temps are: GPU is 36C CPU is 27C HD0(SSD) is ...
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Replacing the fan of the unnamed graphics card on an HP e9262f

A while ago, my graphics card fan stopped spinning. It was time to lubricate it, so I unplugged it to add some oil on the bearings. I accidentally broke the wire and couldn't solder it back (I'm not ...
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Fans keep running after computer is shut down

All the fans (CPU, system fans, PSU) keep running after I shut down Windows 8. This is also the case when I put the system on sleep or hibernate. Sometimes the fans run at full speed after shutdown ...
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How to fix laptop fan noise (audio attached) [closed]

I bought a refurbished dell latitude D820 5-10 minutes after booting, the fan starts on its own and makes a pretty loud noise while it is running. You can listen to it here: ...
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What should I look for to have a silent external harddrive

I want a HD as a home media-server, it will always be on. Most of the time it will not be used, and it should be very silent and not to warm when not used. Should be Regularly priced powered 2-3T ...
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Laptop fan makes louder sound intermittently - is it a potential issue?

A friend's laptop's fan has been making louder sound than normal, intermittently. I checked it over a period of time and confirmed that this is so. Sometimes while observing it, the sound increases ...
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What is the tape-like stuff being applied to the cooling assembly for this laptop?

By googling for while, I was not able to find an answer to the question that arose after watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KsW1DURTHco#t=2055 (The ...
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Brand New Dell Studio 1558 Heatsink fan not working properly

So here is my situation, I've a Dell Studio 1558 laptop running on Corei3 Processor and about few months ago it stopped working, on powering on there would be no display although I could hear the ...
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Graphics card fan too loud

I'm beginning to notice that the fan on my graphics card is too loud. I messed with things today and accidentally forgot to plug the fan back in. (I was wondering how my computer became silent.) ...
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The cooling fan works on max

The fan on the board (and the processor) sometimes decides to go nuts and works on max power. I look in the Task manager and there is no process that loads the CPU, HDD or the memory. The fan is clean ...
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How unsafe is not tighing screws diagonally?

Image example: When I first installed my Hyper 212 Evo I didn't follow the instructions closely, and did not do the above. The machine seems to runs fine but I'm paranoid I damaged the 3770K in ...
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is there a way to turn on fans but not the CPU?

I was curious as to whether I can make the fans run while the GPU,CPU, and hard disks are powered down. I want to do this to help cool down quickly without the components generating extra heat. is it ...
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Do I need to replace my CPU or Motherboard, PC not powering on

My PC will not power up at all, after thinking it was the PSU I replaced that to no resolve. When I try to power on the PC the CPU fan will move about 1mm and then nothing. I tried all sorts, but it ...
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Macbook Pro - Removing Thermal Sensor, problems?

I'll try be brief. My macbook pro 2008 unibody, kept asking me to shut down, if you kept pressing cancel it would wait, and ask again... and repeat until it just turned it self off. After it would ...