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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CPU fan turns on and off repeatedly without booting

My PC has suddenly stopped starting up. On checking with case open, the CPU fan starts running when the power is turned on, but it stops after about 2-3 seconds, restarts again after about 2-3 seconds ...
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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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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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Is 42 degrees Celsius a safe ambient temperature inside the case of an operating PC?

I have purchased a new HP PC (EliteDesk 800 Small Form Factor). It is exceptionally quiet, I assume HP favors quietness over thermal performance for office use. Under load (long-running ...
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No screws at the front of my Bit Fenix Comrade Case for fan

I am using the BitFenix Comrade which does feature slots in the front for fans but when trying to install a fan there I found out that there are no screw holes for a fan even though there is a dust ...
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Game keeps overheating laptop?

I have an Acer TravelMate laptop.Recently I installed Portal 1 and whenever I play it, the CPU gets hotter and hotter until the computer is forced to shut down. With normal use (and even when there's ...
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Computer Fan - Can I use a fan with a different wattage than the original?

A fan recently died on a Synology NAS that we are using. The fan is an 80mm Sunon MagLev KDE1208PTV3 DC12V 0,8W 79,5 x 80 x 29,5 However, looking on eBay Germany it's hard to find this exact fan, ...
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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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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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Do fanless NAS devices exist? If not, can I build one myself?

I'm interested in finding a fanless NAS with at least two drives for silence and reliable storage (RAID 1), but I haven't been able to find anything. Do these exist? Or does having a CPU in the NAS ...
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Stacked transparent windows with program name tabs slid down screen while Windows 7 64-bit computer died

My Windows 7 64-bit Toshiba Satellite P755-5320 computer with 750 GB hard drive and 6 GB memory died after stacked transparent windows with tabs displaying program names slid one at a time to the ...
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Cannot control fan in ubuntu 13.10 thinkpad edge e531

I am having trouble with my fan on my Lenovo thinkpad laptop. I have installed lm-sensors and ran sensors-detect and also added option fan_control=1 as a module parameter. The issue is two-fold. ...
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Fans won't come on in ASUS R9 290 DirectCU II OC videocard

I recently built a new computer and installed an ASUS R9 290 DirectCU II OC videocard. When I power up the machine, other fans in the case - two chassis fans and the CPU cooler fan - turn on ...
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3-pin CPU cooler on socket 1150 has allways only constant fixed fan speed

I have following PC configuration MB ASUS Z97-P with Intel Core i5-4460 Cooler Master X Dream i117 As per here the cooler works well on 1150 socket. But ASUS Fan Xpert cannot adjust the cooler ...
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Where is AMD OverDrive's advanced mode located?

Attempting to do manual software fan control (although I know doing it through the BIOS is considered better) shows greyed out controls under "Fan Control". Guides show running the program as an ...
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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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Can I remove fans from my system?

I can't tolerate any noise in my room at all. I want to remove all 4 fans I have in my system: Processor Fan, Cabinet Fan, SMPS Fan, Graphics Card Fan Can removing all these fans produce any fire ...
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Can not view fan speed rpm in hp 4530s laptop

Output of sensors is: ~$ sensors acpitz-virtual-0 Adapter: Virtual device temp1: +31.0°C (crit = +128.0°C) temp2: +0.0°C (crit = +128.0°C) temp3: +31.0°C (crit = +128.0°C) ...
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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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Broken laptop fan - best solution [closed]

The temperature sensor of my laptop fan is broken, the motherboard doesn't give the fan a signal to start/stop, and therefore it doesn't start anymore which causes my laptop to thermal shutdown due to ...
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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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Acer Aspire V3-571G Fan Settings

My laptop is very hot I just bought it like 2 days ago. It most of the times up to 60 c and the only thing I have open is Google Chrome or just only Skype, I think it's way too hot for just one ...
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CPU Fan not working properly?

Recently I just built my own computer. However the temperature of my processor becomes very high and my CPU fan is not able to cool it off when I run multiple programs. MY CPU temperature can go as ...
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Dell XPS 15 fan on, fan off, fan on, fan off because of NVIDIA Drivers

Many threads with exactly the same problem: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19371524/19848260.aspx ...
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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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Why do computers often spin up the CPU fan to high speed momentarily when powered on?

Many computers spin up the CPU fan to high speed the moment they are powered on, even before POST, before settling down to normal operating speed. While this behavior seems normal for the most part, ...
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How to monitor soon to fail fans? [closed]

I'm using Asus Fan Xpert 2 provided by my motherboard (Asus) to control the fans speed. And I forgot that I didn't change the stock fan that the CPU cooler has. Fan Xpert 2 thinks that the CPU fan's ...
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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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cpu's fan increases without reaching a settle point [closed]

I'm encouterning the followning phenomenon on the hardware side of a pc: When powering up the machine, the cpu's fan (cpu cooler's fan accuratelly) is starting to rotate, but it doesn't settle down to ...
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Control two fans with a simple fan controller

I want to control the two upper fans in my N300 case with a Zalman Fan Mate 2 and I'm wondering if it is reliable to connect two fans (in my case two Sickleflow fans) in parallel. If it is, connect ...
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How do I use thermald without intel_pstate?

I have Ubuntu 14.10 and even with a cooling fan, it still gets hot. I have tried enabling intel_pstate but my system doesn't support it. How do I use thermald without intel_pstate?
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Building first PC in 7 years, some confusion hooking up case I/O connectors

The case I have is the Rosewell THOR V2. The motherboard I have is the ASUS Z87-PRO. I have hooked up majority of the case connectors. power sw reset sw p+/- HD LED AAFP USB 2.0 USB 3.0 Note: ...
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Noisy fan at Dell 5547

Please take a look at screenshot with information about the hardware at Pastebin or on screenshot: http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=WGEQCCet Note the section "Temperature" AMD Radeon. Perhaps this ...
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Is it OK to have an exhaust fan directly above the intake fan for the CPU heatsink?

I've been assembling a custom PC, and was wondering if it's OK to have an exhaust fan directly above the intake fan for my heatsink. This is how my system is laid out
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Is a system fan crucial to a computer if you already have a CPU fan?

I was poking around with an old desktop I own when I noticed it has a CPU fan, but not a system fan. What's the difference between the two? Can I use the computer safely without a system fan? Here's ...
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Laptop shuts down because of heat though new fan, 50°C and not in Linux

I have a Dell Studio 1558 notebook that has worked for years. I have cleaned it up once or twice a year (you have to remove the motherboard to access the fan and remove the dust between the fan and ...
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Toshiba Satellite L655 Fan Not Running

A friend of mine has a Toshiba Satellite L655 laptop with an Intel Pentium processor. After about an hour of use, or when a particularly resource-intensive program is being used, the machine will ...
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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, 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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Vaio Fan works constantly with little breaks

I have a Vaio Z13 and just replaced my fan. The old fan sometimes gave me a high pitch voice, therefore I changed it. Now I have the problem that the fan works constantly for about a minute and has a ...
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HP DV6 can't open fan to lubricate (picture inside)

A couple days ago, My Laptop (HP dv6-6c65se) fan started alternating between no noise (but still working) and high noise (as if the fan is hitting a metal) every few minutes. I tried cleaning the dust ...
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laptop shuts off out of sudden when the fan suddenly stops spinning

My laptop recently got an issue. it will shuts down during loading when I turn it off repeatedly. it got worse during time, previously, if it happens, next try the laptop would work fine, but now, I ...
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What controls a laptop's fan speed? Vostro 3560 overheating

I own a vostro 3560 and I know about the terrible ventilation and heat dissipation problems it has. I've tried several configurations of the copper sheet fix, but what I've found is that my system's ...
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GTX970 sounds likea leaf blower?

I have just got a new machine with the GTX970 Jetstream, it's running completely fine. My only major problem with it is the fans. It makes it sound like there is someone blowing the leafs inside the ...
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Optimal Fan Placement and Direction for Air-Cooling a Computer

My current computer has always run unusually hot no matter what steps I have taken such as: lots of fans—including four 120mms; thermal grease—both generic and Arctic Silver V; placement of the ...
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Do I really not need thermal paste for my Pentium processor fan?

I bought an Intel Pentium processor (G2120) fan. I could not find any aluminium part under it, and the shopkeeper said that this would be the new model from Intel and I would not need any thermal ...
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Fan Control on/for HP Proliant SE1102

I recently bought an SE1102 server on ebay for virtual machines for my home environment. I didn't checked out the system properly before the purchase and after I found out SE stands for special ...
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My New PC fans are super loud

I have 2 large fans in my case it's mATX case the key components are: Asus H97M-E Motherboard & Hydro Series™ H55 Quiet CPU Cooler Now the motherboard has 3 (4 pin) connectors for CPU Fans ...
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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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Should I disable CPU fan error message and how?

I have just completed my first "build" consisting of: ASUS P8Z77-V-Deluxe motherboard, Intel i7-3770 processor, Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. Each time I boot the computer, the ...