Computer ( PC) cooling fan question

Discussion in 'Computing' started by DonnyThompson, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Well-Known Member

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    Hi gang...

    Yesterday, my computer's cooling fan started kicking into high ever few minutes or so.
    This is the cooling fan on the bottom of the tower, not the intake fan over the power supply

    It did this without any warning or symptoms...

    Is this an internal settings thing, or is this indicative of another part of the cooling system not functioning properly and the cooling fan is kicking into high gear to compensate?

    Is there a place I can go to check my PC's temperature so I can see if I could maybe burn this thing up eventually?
    (2013 )HP PC model 200-214
    3.6 ghz cpu quad core
    8 gig ram
    Western Digital HDD
    Windows 10
    I believe that the bios is up to date, after checking with HP's site and typing in my PC's model number, no bios updates were listed for this particular machine.

    I've had no other apparent problems with this PC. Everything is running normally, no hiccups, no crashes, no blue screens of death, no razor-teethed monkeys flying out to bite my testicles....

    Like I said, this is a brand new problem... it's never happened before. Normally, the fan in this thing is whisper-quiet... quiet enough to record vocal tracks within 4' of the tower...

    Suggestions?
     
  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Well-Known Member

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    OK... I was wrong... it's not the cooling fan of the tower... it's the fan over the CPU that's doing it. Crap.

    The power supply fan doesn't appear to be working at all.
     
  3. Makzimia

    Makzimia The Minstrel Well-Known Member

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    When's the last time your system got blown out for dust?
     
  4. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    If the psu fan died then that could be causing high temperatures and the other cooling fan to kick into high gear.

    You could try test running the computer with the side panel off for a bit to see if the fans slow down.

    Some psu fans don't kick on until they pull a certain amount of power / generate a certain amount of heat.

    I'm gonna see what I can find on your computer but I'm one of the least qualified around here as far as that goes..
     
  5. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    I keep coming up empty on the HP site when I search for the computer.
     
  6. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    Any computer shop will have replacement fans. they are easy to change except for the one in the powersupply..
    Don't wait, worst problems will occure if it keeps overheating..
     
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  7. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys...I blew it out with some compressed air and it stopped. :)
     
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  8. Guelph_Guy

    Guelph_Guy Active Member

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    LOL had a ton of Dust bunnies in mine too .....!!!
     
  9. Makzimia

    Makzimia The Minstrel Well-Known Member

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    Lol @DonnyThompson told ya so :). It's one of the biggest things users neglect.
     
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  10. Brother Junk

    Brother Junk Active Member

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    I know this is a bit old, but this is great emphasis...

    We used to clean a place that built/repaired computers, called S&M Computers (not a joke, but it is funny lol. They were Brazilian, and didn't know S&M means something different here) The owner told me that about 30% of the time they get a non-working or problematic computer, it just needs to be dusted out really well, and it's "fixed." 30% of the time!!!! He also just uses plain compressed air from an inside compressor. He said the air is plenty dry enough if the compressor is inside a normal human environment. He doesn't use those dusting cans is what I'm saying. Jut a regular compressor, hose and nozzle. If your compressor is outdoors like mine, I wouldn't use that air in the summer time. Winter time would be plenty dry enough.

    My Macbook Pro (2011) will stop charging if I don't take of the bottom plate and dust it out once a year or so. The charging port is external and magnetic. You don't plug anything in per se, you just stick the magnet to the computer. Which is brilliant cuz when you kick the charging cord, it just detaches, instead of dragging your computer to the floor. But my point is, the dust inside, stops the path of current to the battery.

    Dust not only can, but will, stop things from working. It doesn't seem possible, so most people don't even think of it. But as @Makzimia noted, the dust needs to be evacuated periodically.
    The dust probably caused your cpu cooling fan to lose efficiency, so the cpu get's hot, and tells the cooling fan to work harder. Personally, I never use the stock cooling fans for the cpu, but it's just bc I like my stuff to run extra cool.

    PSU fans, depending on the mfr, don't necessarily run all the time. They will kick on and off. If you need to test it, when you boot up (if you are windows) usually tapping f12 while it boots will bring you to the bios (your motherboard settings) What your bios looks like will depend on the motherboard. Some of them are large menus with tons of options, some are rather small. But if the computer was not bottom tier, it probably has a menu where you can look at your cooling and test your fans, change their speed, what temp they kick on etc.
     

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