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CPU Fan. I recently opened up the tower case on my Gateway 500GR PC desktop to clean up the dust off. I also did take outthe fans and dusted them then put them back. However, the CPU fan sounds much louder now, like its spinning too fast than usual or something like tha. What could I have done wrong.. I checked it again and looks like I put it back correctly.

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  • mickyboy73 Jan 04, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. Mine is a Packard Bell PC. Normally when the PC is first started the fan runs at full speed for a few seconds and then slows to a normal speed and is very quiet. Since I tool the fan out and cleaned off the dust it is running at full speed all the while which is fairly noisy too. The noise is due to the speed of the fan. Could I have damaged the fan while cleaning it and putting it back in? Would a new fan solve this problem?

  • MBA Runner Feb 23, 2008

    Fan runs constantly. Runs very loud.

  • applsauce7 Apr 09, 2008

    I have the same exact problem. I've never had a problem with my computer's fans being loud until I recently removed them to clean the dust out. Ever since I reattached them they have been EXTREMELY loud. But only occasionally. It only happens when I'm doing something processor intensive.

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Make Sure your thermal compound is properly placed, check the temp of your CPU. CPU might be overheating due to destroyed layer of compound and therefore Fans run faster...

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You cleaned the dust off, therefore it will run faster, and louder.
Also, you probably didn't place it in right or tight enough and so it vibrates against something.

Don't worry, but make sure that if you notice that it gets very quiet all of a sudden your fan may have failed and u should save all work and shut down immediately. Not very likely.
But fans are usually easy to replace; you could buy fans for 15$ and all you have to do is place them on the case and plug them in. There are instructions all over the internet.

Posted on Jan 06, 2008

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    Chris Park Jan 06, 2008

    For certain temp-sensing fans, if there are two short wires and they are separate but seem to touch each other they may cause the sensor to think that it is extraordinarily hot inside.

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    to mickyboy73, well it was a fan problem so replacing the fan would have fixed it...

    Well hopefully you won't have any more fan trouble for a long time after doing all of that.

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MBA Runner has a Gateway 500GR whose fan ran too loud and constantly. I simply removed the cpu fan and heatsync then cleaned out excessive dust. That solved the problem. Heatsync is bolted to the mother board by a bracket. Should the bracket shift, you will need to take out the mother board to reattach the heatsync.

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

My fan is very fast and i hear a loud sound what is the remedy for that?

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Ok, what I did to fix this was removed the fan and heatsink. Put some fresh thermal paste on the heatsink and then replaced just the actual fan and now it runs much quieter than before.

I am monitoring the fan speed and CPU temp and all is fine ;-)

I could have replaced the heatsink and fan I guess but I wanted to know what was causing the problem.

New fan and some thermal paste and it's all good again.

Thanks to all for your help and I hope this may help others too.

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DONT EVER PUT A COMPUTER ON ITS SIDE UNLESS IT IS NOT RUNNING!!!!!!!!! If the fan was a thermal sensing fan then the sensor might have got bent. If both wires on the thermal sensor are touching, It will run at full speed. This will make it quite a bit louder.

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Well a fan that is 4.5 years old can really be dry. You might check to see if it can be lubricated by pulling up the sticker on the fan. Sometimes you can add a drop of oil on the bearing and stop the noise and increase the life of the fan.

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Hello,
Check the fan power cable is correctly fixed
check the wires are touching the surface of the cpu fan
if the problems continues replace the fan and fix it correctly.

Let me know if your problem is solved and rate me as FIXYA!

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Did you make sure the clamps were on tightly and lock into place.

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Some times a fan will tilt just slightly off its axis. Even a small difference can cause the plasdes of the fan to touch againts the casing and be the source of increased noice. Try setting the PC on its side. Does the noise level change? Fans are a part of a PC that are almost always in constant motion, and thus are subject to faster degradation than other PC components. You should be able to easily replace the fan with a new one to eliminate the noise.

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SOURCE: Gateway 831GM Eratic Fan Noise

Hi,

This can be caused by several things:

1. Bad temp sensor
2. Bad voltage, but that will usually cause the whole system to restart
3. Too low maximum temp setting inside the chassis(setting is in bios), often denote as max case temp.

One way to bypass the problem is rig the fan to a molex adapter with a variable voltage molex to 2/3/4pin fan connector and adjust the speed to the maximum quiet setting.

The 831's did run a bit warm so if the case temp setting is set to low it will fluxuate quite a bit. Try adjusting the max case temp up around 50c just to see if that does it, if it does either use the variable voltage dial solution or add a second case fan that's always on, prefferably a low RPM running direct off molex so it will reduce the average temp and therby the need of the monitored case fan to rev up.

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