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Old January 5th, 2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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just got a friends laptop (Dell XPS M140) and when it gets warm the fan witth kick on for 2 seconds then off for like 3 or 4 seconds. and comtineus to do so.

is this normal or is there somthing that needs to be replaced...
this is my first laptop so im not too familar with them. or is there a setting i can change to affect when the fan shuts on and off??
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check out a program called speedfan, http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php and use it to control the fan if you want.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 05:59 PM   #3
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check out a program called speedfan, http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php and use it to control the fan if you want.

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Old January 5th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #4
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man that program is confusing
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Old January 5th, 2008, 06:21 PM   #5
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man that program is confusing
No kidding, I cant get my VAIO to stop running the fan so I got that program... I have no idea what the hell to do.
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before you go adjusting the fan, there might be a reason its going on and off. If its working properly it should work just like an e-fan in our vehicle.

how about a screen shot of the temps from speedfan, and is it recognizing your board correctly?

I would leave the settings to manual until you figure out if its actually getting to warm. It could need a good cleanign with some compressed air. If you do clean it, use something to hold the fans, like a toothpick. You can spin them too fast. I've seen it happen many times in a laptop.
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47* C

Edit: 57 Degrees Celsius

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Old January 6th, 2008, 04:03 AM   #8
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its reading 102*F
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http://www.diefer.de/i8kfan/index.html

i found this to be much more user friendly
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It's probably dirty inside. Take it apart and vacuum it out. My desktops get full of freakin' gunk and have to be cleaned internally 3-4 times a year. Mostly cat dander and carpet fibers. Cat's dead, but the carpet is still here.
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Edit: 57 Degrees Celsius

If thats no load, ie just sitting in windows doing nothing, thats pretty high (57c). With that, i would want to see low 40's no load,maybe 50s with 100% load.

I would get the can of compressed air and go through all the vents. But like i said, use a toothpick to hold the fans or something small that fits in there, but don't push it to far.

If you're brave and want to take it apart you could do a better job cleaning but you may never get it together properly again.


wrifrocks2005 if you are reading 102, which google says is in the 30c range thats fine. When is your fan kicking on, is it at load or just sitting there doing nothing. When i mean nothing, there is no cpu utilization in task manager.

I know that dell is one of the smaller models, and the newer laptops have more of a blower fan, like what is in your furnace instead of the desktop style fans. edit: my mind got off track, anyway they seem like they are working harder or sound louder, but its designed that way.

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If thats no load, ie just sitting in windows doing nothing, thats pretty high (57c). With that, i would want to see low 40's no load,maybe 50s with 100% load.

I would get the can of compressed air and go through all the vents. But like i said, use a toothpick to hold the fans or something small that fits in there, but don't push it to far.

If you're brave and want to take it apart you could do a better job cleaning but you may never get it together properly again.


wrifrocks2005 if you are reading 102, which google says is in the 30c range thats fine. When is your fan kicking on, is it at load or just sitting there doing nothing. When i mean nothing, there is no cpu utilization in task manager.

I know that dell is one of the smaller models, and the newer laptops have more of a blower fan, like what is in your furnace instead of the desktop style fans. edit: my mind got off track, anyway they seem like they are working harder or sound louder, but its designed that way.
thats what i thought, because it didnt seem to hot at all. im not to concerned with it over heating it just how fast the fan will turn on then back of again so fast.
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