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The fan on my Dell Inspiron 4000 is always running.

My laptop seems to always be running really hot and the fan is always on lately. It's driving me nuts because it sounds really loud. I'm not running a lot of crazy or CPU intensive programs (usually just iTunes and both browsers).

Is there anything I can do to cool down my Inspiron without just shutting it off altogether?

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  • uberdiva Oct 08, 2008

    Thanks for the advice... I'll try running it in safemode to see if that helps... although I think you're on to something with the heatsink comment... that's easy enough to fix once I determine it's not background processes run amok!

    Thanks again!

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A couple suggestions:

try starting in safe mode and see if it does it still. It could be that you have some background program like Windows update or that new Windows active search function, which spends copious amounts of processor time cataloging your entire computer. Some anti-virus programs will do the same and eat up processor time. I'd try shutting down as many of these background processes to see what (or what combination) is causing the problem.

If this doesn't work, you might have a bad connection with your heatsink, which would cause your computer to stay at or your fan might be going bad, causing it to get really loud.

I'm not going to go into the possibility of it being used on a lap or bed or carpet where the fan intake vent is getting blocked. I know you've eliminated this as a possibility. Right?


Posted on Oct 07, 2008

  • wingsinhisna
    wingsinhisna Mar 27, 2014

    Where do I go to find out if the windows active search function is going? I did download some windows updates I was told were needed.

  • Daniel Herd
    Daniel Herd Mar 27, 2014

    I'll assume you have the same problem, which you didn't mention. You might be lost and just looking for WAS function info. Anyway there should be an indicator in your notification bar that tells you it's indexing. Also in your task manager you should see it as a Process.

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