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My computer fan is running continuously, from the time it turns on. (even before booting in to windows xp) why does my hard drive fan kicks in all the time - its loud and annoying

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    I just got my tower back from being repaired. The mother board had died and had been replaced with a few other parts. Since I have gotten it back the fan runs continueously and I noticed some changes in my accounts.

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Hi burroughs,
Unfortunately modern processors inside our computers today run extremely high temperatures do to the non-stop demand that is placed on them by games, operating systems such as windows, and kernel operations being performed non-stop in the background.
If the noise is bothersome to you, what I would recommend doing is buying new smart fans from your local computer store for your CPU.  They will automatically adjust how fast they need to run depending on how active your computer is.
That or you could look at investing in a liquid cooling system, but this is a very expensive solution.
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The fans in most desktops do run whenever the unit is on. Only high end/ performance/ or self built systems usually have self adjustable fan speeds.

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