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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core temperature vs CPU temperature

I have recently installed a new heat sink & fan combination on my Core 2 Quad since my CPU was hitting about 70C under load. This has managed reduce temperatures while running Prime95 to about ...
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Sony VAIO VGN-SZ240P Laptop Fan Control?

I have a VAIO VGN-SZ240P that I'm running WinXP SP3 on. In general it is a fine machine, but the cooling fan is quite loud. Does anybody know of a tool that I can use to view and manage the fan speed? ...
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How do I find out which fan will fit my motherboard?

I have a MSI k9n6gm motherboard, where the fan's holes aren't really in a square; it's more of a rectangle. After asking a TigerDirect representative, I tried a fan. It didn't fit and I'm going to ...
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Toshiba Fan Runs on High Even when Cool

I bought a Toshiba Satellite L650 earlier this week, and have begun running into problems with it. The fan runs perfectly when I first turn on the computer, and once I start doing something ...
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CPU Fan always on after new motherboard

I have a Gateway LX 6810 Desktop that the motherboard went down on. I called Gateway and got a new motherboard (not nearly that easy but...) and installed it. I got the new thermal paste (artic ...
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Ubuntu 9.0.4 Presario S4000NX Fan Speed

I recently install Ubuntu 9.0.4 on a Presario S4000NX and the CPU fan speed is kept at max. With Windows XP installed the fan speed would increase/decrease as required. I've tried to install ...
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How to disassemble a Gateway P-Series laptop?

I've got a Gateway P-6860FX laptop that has started shutting down automatically off late because the GPU gets overheated when I play any decent game. I can see that there's a lot of gunk around the ...
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AMD CPU fan bracket keeps breaking

I have a strange problem. The CPU fan mounting bracket on my AM2+ mobo keeps breaking. The first time happened about 6 months ago and the CPU fan had not been touched in about 2 years. Since then I ...
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Fan or just bad placement?

My laptop shutdown four times when it was on the table. It had an error about thermal shutdown and being 90d. When I held it, nothing. For five minutes. Then I placed it on a pile of books so far and ...
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mscorsw causing fan to spin like hell when idle

So it has been happening for some time, whenever I go away from the computer, after 5 minutes I hear the fan going full speed. When I come back it stops immediately. I managed to find out what was ...
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Will using a bicycle pump to clean my laptop damage it?

I have a Lenovo G580 laptop. Unfortunately, there is no way to access the fan even after opening maintenance hatch, so I have no real way of removing dust from the cooling vents without using some ...
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What direction should the heatsink fan face?

My current setup looks like the following: Rear fan <----- Heatsink Fan <----- Heatsink Case: Arc Midi R2 Heatsink: Scythe Ashura with stock fan I've placed the fan so it sucks the air out ...
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AMD FX8350 CPU - CoolerMaster Silencio 650 Case - New Water Cooling System

Lately after a use of 6 months of my AMD FX8350 CPU I'm experiencing high temperatures and loud noise coming from the CPU fan(I set that in order to keep it cooler). I decided to replace the stock fan ...
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How to oil fan with no holes?

The fan of my graphic card has turned very noisy. I read some tutorials and it seems that with a drop of oil I could resurrect it. The problem is, that it seems to be sealed. There are no holes in ...
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MSI Control Center doesn't save fan speed settings

My problem is that MSI Control Center, for fxa990-gd65 motherboard, doesn't save the fan speed settings and resets them every time you shut down / restart the PC. It even has the save/restore ...
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Computer is OFF, and fans turn on and off twice a day

We have an OptiPlex 755 desktop acting quite strangely here. It's powered off, not in standby or hibernate, and from time to time it will just start spinning its fans for a few seconds, and then turn ...
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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 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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Unable to locate annoying noise source in HP DV6 laptop

I've had a HP DV6-1340SS laptop for about 3 years. Some months ago, I started hearing some kind of unusually loud fan noise with no apparent relation to CPU load. It's not the usual air sound, it ...
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Decompiled DSDT table, looking for fan values, can't locate. table inside

I have the suspicion that my laptop doesn't set it's fan speed to 100% even when the CPU is hot. This is because I can barely hear the fan when the CPU is > 95 degrees or so. So i'm trying to check ...
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Why does my computer keep going “blank”?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 on my computer but am currently trying to install Elementary on it. As soon as I turn my computer on, it gets really loud trying to load the disc, which I assume is normal. Well, ...
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How to wire chassis fans to controller

This is my first build and i'm using a case with 7 built-in fans. I want to wire them to a controller, but they all have LED's.There is also a button on the case that shuts off the LED's as well as ...
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Check that Laptop Fan is Functioning Correctly on Linux

I just completely disassembled and reassembled my Dell Studio 1555 laptop. I had to remove the hard drive, WLAN card, unplug optical drive, display connector, even the motherboard to get to the fan. ...
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After upgrading Lenovo 3000 N200 Intel T2330 to T9500 CPU Fan stays on High Always

After upgrading Lenovo 3000 N200 Intel T2330 to T9500 CPU Fan stays on High Always. Running a dual Boot with Windows XP & 7. Stays high on both never decreases & CPU not hot, why & how do ...
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Netgear ReadyNAS NVX noise level

I recently purchased a ReadyNAS NVX, a 4-drive NAS storage device. It is a nice, solidly built, small package, and generally is not too loud. Most other sounds drown it out, so I have it sitting out ...
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Wires from fan on side panel - where do they connect?

The side panel of my desktop PC has a small fan built in. There were two wires, one red one black that connected inside the PC. Unfortunately I had the bolts removed and the side door fell off ripping ...
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Can I replace my CPU heatsink/fan “studs”?

On my current CPU heatsink fan combination the "studs" (not sure if that is the right term) are broken, preventing it from seating correctly. Can these be replaced, and does anyone sell a replacement ...
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3 wire computer fan won't run continuously

I had an old computer that didn't work anymore, so I took the CPU fan out to see what I could make with it. The fan is NMB model number BG0903-B044-VTL, like this. It has three wires coming off of ...
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How do PC fans know how fast to spin?

Building my first PC tomorrow, and one thing is confusing me. How do the fans know how fast to spin? The CPU fan is connected to the motherboard's 4pin cpu_fan socket, so I can understand how it can ...
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Which size fan should I put at the front of my case? 92mm or 120mm [closed]

I've made a new system, it has a 92mm exhaust fan at the upper rear. I have two fans here, one is 92mm, the other is 120mm. This will go on the lower front and will be the air intake. Which would be ...
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cpu fan keeps getting faster after removing battery

I have recently pulled the battery out of the motherboard on an old Acer desktop to reset the bios, but when I put the battery back in after about 3-4 hours, and start it up, the cpu fan just keeps ...
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Fans and power lights don't turn off in standby

My desktop computer (Zotac 8200 motherboard) has a problem when I put it into standby mode. I use Windows 7 to put it into standby. The cpu fan, system fan, and PSU fan don't turn off. Nor does the ...
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CPU temp is wrong?

sorry for bad english My laptop is a Dell N5110 Core i5 2410m , Nvidia GT525M , 4GB Ram http://www.rodfile.com/3mww4i31mt9p temp of CPU right now when it goes more than 60 the fan spin and one ...
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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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What is better oil for oiling fans: grapeseed or refined? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use oil from kitchen for oiling my fans I want to oil my CPU fan, maybe case fan too (in future). But I have found only mineral oil in my home. I have grapeseed ...
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Why does the fan stop in Windows 7?

I have Windows 7 installed on ProBook 4530S. How can I configure it so that the fan remains always on running? When the fan stops, the system halts and the screen freezes. I have a dual-boot system ...
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What is the ideal/normal CPU temperature? (Intel Q2800) [closed]

I think I am having some problem with processor fan... but I am not sure as I never checked the temperature before so I don’t know currently is it ok or not. I am using HWMonitor to record ...
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Can fans gone noisy be fixed or can I only replace them?

Seems like computer fans after a while start to become noisy. Is there something I can do about this, or are they simply starting to wear out so I need to replace them?
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Is there any way to shut up my ATI HD 5770?

So to preface, I basically built Jeff's machine; I already had some of the components, including (scarily enough) the exact same case1. I've been buying bits and pieces over the past few months, which ...
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Controlling fan speed with Windows

I have an Asrock mainboard with terrible software to control the fan speed: it doesn't start automatically and it doesn't run for all users. So I'm looking for Software to control the fan speed. It ...
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CPU, GPU fans spinning at full speed after shutdown

My computer has been running fine for 4 years, but yesterday it starts to exhibit odd behavior: After I shut down the computer, the CPU and GPU fans start spinning at full speed (everything else ...
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CPU overheats when display turns off

Since about a week I’ve noticed that my CPU heats up very badly as soon as the display turns off. I can't find any suspicious processes when I resume, but, if I leave the display off for more than 20 ...
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Repair/Replace the Graphic Card's fan

Yesterday, I was cleaning my PC and after that, I tried to boot my pc and itself automatically after sometime. I checked all the fans and notice that my Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS Graphic card fan is ...
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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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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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What is wrong with my computer case air circulation. My CPU goes up to 80 degrees

So I assembled this computer and I think I made a mistake with the fan positioning. My CPU temp goes up to 80 degrees and I have to open the case and put a fan under the case to bring it down. It ...
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Compatibility between 3 pin and 4 pin fan connectors

Can I plug a 4 pin fan to a 3 pin header? If I were to use a Rosewill Model RCW-FPS-401 12" PWM Splitter to split a 4 pin header in my motheboard to three 3 pin headers, would I still be able to take ...
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System fans connected to a Gigabyte Z77-D3H motherboard do not increase in speed

The motherboard (Gigabyte Z77-D3H) controls my 3-pin CPU fan just fine. My system fans are a 3-pin fan (plugged into SYS_FAN1), and a 4-pin fan plugged into SYS_FAN3. All 3 of the system fan headers ...
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Why does my laptop shut down, does it get too hot?

When I play games, or use powerful-applications such as Autodesk Maya, my laptop just shuts down, ofcourse without any warning at all. This is what I've tried so far: Cleaned my fan, completely! ...
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1U vs. 2U Rackmount HTPC Chassis?

I'm in the initial stages of planning out the HTPC/Media server I'll be building come the summer, and I've run into a bit of a conundrum. My rack currently has 1U left free, and part of the appeal of ...