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CPU Fan on my Dell P4 goes full speed when I boot up

When I power up my Dell P4 (E210882 motherboard, Rev. A01), the CPU fan comes on full speed. Windows XP starts to boot, but freezes.

Is this likely to be a motherboard problem? If I replace the motherboard, would it be smart to try to upgrade it to something more powerful?

I use my computer all the time - mostly for email and word processing, but I also do some video editing with it.


- David

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  • radio1968 Jan 13, 2009

    RE Clarification Request: If the system is cooled down, I can boot into Safe mode for a few moments. I am able to look at system parameters. After maybe 20 seconds, everything freezes. If I try to reboot after that, the CPU fan comes on full blast and I do not get any video. Here some more detail on the computer:

    System 8400
    P4, 3.2 GHz
    Bus Speed 800 MHz
    Proc L2 Cache 1 MB
    Proc L3 Cache 0 MB
    Proc. ID 0F34

    - David

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    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    Try going into the BIOS and see if you have a CPU monitor.

    Watch the temperature of the CPU. Sounds like you may have an overheating problem. You might also make sure the heat sink (that big finned aluminum thing on top of the CPU is secure.

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    Can you boot into Safe mode?



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Should the cpu fan & heatsink changeout not fix things for you... my suggestion(due to increasing encounters of this kind) is to check the board for capacitors that may have bulging tops, or junk coming out from their tops... also known as bad capacitors. This seems to be a real issue these days with numerous trash china brands of capacitors on the market. Within the past month I've come across 3 motherboards, 1 power supply and 1 router where it's the fault of the bad capacitors that this thing goes(or is-going) down.
They can be replaced via a little soldering work.
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I hope things turn out well for you & your system.

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It is a thermal problem. Try replacing the CPU fan & make sure you use a good thermal grease when reinstalling. Hope this helps.

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