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Processor fan failure massage.

I hve got a massage stated "processor fan failure " when i start my computer.then i installed a new cooling fan.but  stil i get the same massage at startup..
i cannot go to bootmenu also.
i have checked ram cards, changed the battery also.but i cannot fix it. please help me.

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I supose the fan works, you then need to enter bios and disable cpu fan monitoring, if the fan doesnt spin connect it to another fan connector or a plain 4pin molex connector / might require a adapter.

Try to get into bios and disable cpu fan fail alarm, keep the temperature alarm on 80 or 70. so it will yell if it gets too hot.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008

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1) Computer dirty inside?
Air is used to cool the hardware components inside the computer.
If the Processor fan, and/or Heatsink is dirty, there is one of your problems.

The Thermal Paste on top of the Processor may have dried up too.
THOROUGHLY clean bottom of Heatsink, and top of Processor, then Properly apply new Thermal Paste.

2) What condition are the Radial Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors, on the motherboard?

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I hear big sound from my processor of my colling fan, it happen when i start my computer


I understand that the cooling fan on the top of the processor is making a noise when you boot up the computer.

I would suggest that you immediately get a new one installed.

This is a mechanical fault and fans will last their lifetime and require a replacement then.

In case you continue using it, then the processor might get damaged.
So, I suggest that you get the cooling fan replaced at the earliest to avoid any damage to the processor.

If this doesn't work for you or in case you need any further assistance, please comment and let me know, and I will be happy to assist you to further resolve your issue.

I will appreciate your feedback and positive rating for this solution.
Thank you.

Jan 13, 2011 | Intel DG31PR Motherboard

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My mother board is working some time 5-7 min and afte 5-7 min mother board is turn off and mother is turn on not turn on

1) Is the computer dirty inside?
When a Processor overheats it turns off. This is a built-in Fail Safe feature.
Keeps the Processor from burning up.

The Heatsink sitting on top of the Processor, and the Fan sitting on top of the Heatsink, keep the Processor within a thermal limit. (Temperature)
If they are dirty, the cooling capacity of these two components drops tremendously.

[ Typical construction of a Heatsink is a plate of metal that has tall, thin fins protruding from it.
The plate of metal absorbs heat from what ever object it is placed against. (In this case a Processor)

The tall, thin fins absorb heat from the plate, where they then radiate the heat away.
If a fan is used along with a Heatsink, the air flow from the fan draws heat away from the fins.
{Older computers did not use a fan along with the Heatsink.]

Typical example of a Heatsink/Fan combo,

Some computers do not have a Fan placed on top of the Heatsink.
A computer case fan in the front is used.
The fan pushes air through a plastic port, which covers the Heatsink.
(Think tunnel. Plastic port is a U shape)

Computer unplugged from power, computer case open, Observe Anti-Static Precautions.
Use a can of compressed air for computers, and clean the fins out of the Heatsink, and the fan's blades.

You may also find that using Q-tips to break the outside 'crust' will help.
The Q-tips are not used so much as to remove the dirt, dust, etc. But to break the outside surface so the can of air can remove it.

2) Thermal Paste: (Also referred to as Thermal Grease and Thermal Compound)

This is applied in-between the top of the Processor's case, and the bottom of the Heatsink.
It MUST be there, and in a gooey state.

Thermal Paste is used to transfer heat from the top of a Processor's case, to the bottom of the Heatsink.

The top of a Processor's case, and the bottom of a Heatsink are not perfectly smooth.
A microscopic view would show small 'Pits, Hills and Valleys'.

When the two surfaces of the bottom of a Heatsink, and the top of a Processor's case meet, these imperfections create an Air Pocket.

Air is an Insulator. Not a Conductor.
It insulates the heat from transfering from the top of the Processor's case, to the bottom of the Heatsink.

Thermal Paste is a Conductor.
It conducts heat from the top of the Processor's case to the bottom of the Heatsink.

Thermal paste can dry up. When it is dry it looses its conducive properties.
Check the thermal paste.

You have to Properly clean the top of the Processor's case, and the bottom of the Heatsink.
There must be NO old thermal paste left.
Then new, fresh thermal paste is applied Properly.

Thermal Pad;
A cloth like material that looks like a thin pad. Used on some older computers to take the place of thermal paste.
These are Junk, should be removed, and thrown away.
Once you remove the Heatsink to look, you can't reuse a thermal pad anyway.

3) You may have a bad Power Supply.
Power Supply's have Electrolytic Capacitors inside them. They are used as Filters. Used in the Input stage, and Output stage of the Power Supply.

Electrolytic Capacitors can break down over time to an unusable state.

{Electrolytic Capacitors DO break down. The design engineer knows this. After a given time they break down to a 50 percent level. The design engineer takes this into effect, and uses capacitors that are 50 percent better than needed}

The Electrolytic Capacitors used are Radial Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors.

For simplification, let me state that they have an outside case made of thin aluminum.
Shaped like a 'Coca-Cola' can.
Inside this case is Electrolytic Paste
When the paste breaks down it forms a gas. Hydrogen gas.

The gas expands, and pushes paste out. The paste oozes out. (Pushes the paste against seals of the case, and breaks the seals)

So much paste loss, and the capacitor operates at a reduced level.
Too much paste loss, and the capacitor fails.

A weak, or a few weak capacitors can produce a weak voltage power rail in the Power Supply.
When they work good, the Power Supply produces power as it should.
When they don't, the Power Supply does not produce enough voltage, and the Processor turns off.

4) Motherboard;

Electrolytic Capacitors again.
This time they are used in the motherboard voltage regulator circuit.
Part of what the motherboard voltage regulator circuit does, is to regulate voltage to the Processor.

The Processor must have a Steady, 'Clean', supply of voltage.
A Processor has a VERY small tolerance range for voltage that it operates in.
To little, and it turns off.

Visual signs of capacitor failure,

For questions about the above statements, or comments, please post in a Comment.


Nov 08, 2010 | Intel Motherboard

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Toshiba Satellite temperature related freeze

hum that could be right to avoid wasting money, please get a new board, but if u can get a processor and ram to test with, u might be lucky, right

Jul 17, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite (K000004080) Motherboard

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Gigabyte Prosessor Display Problem.

It may be an overheating issue. If so the processor is overheating, and turns off. This is a Fail Safe feature that's built-in. Keeps the processor from burning up. (The BIOS program turns the processor off, if the Negative value is not met for the processor)

Why is the processor overheating? Let's look at some things that can cause this.
1.The processor fan is not turning, or isn't turning as fast as it should.
Solution? Replace the processor fan. (RPM's are too low)

2.In-between the processor's top case, and the bottom of the heatsink, is Thermal Paste. Some call it Thermal Grease.
If this has dried out, it won't transfer the heat from the processor to the heatsink. The heat won't be blown away from the heatsink, because there is not heat.
Solution? Replace the thermal paste.

(There is also a thing called a Thermal Pad. These are usually White in color. These things are Junk! If you have one, remove it, {You may have to scrape glue residue off also}, and throw it away.
Clean the top of the processor case, and the bottom of the heatsink. Apply new, fresh, thermal paste)

3.The computer unit is dirty inside. The dirt/dust, etc, clogs the cooling system, and the hardware inside heats up. Processor included.
Solution? Buy a can of compressed air for computers. (Attach the plastic 'straw') Clean the heatsink, and fan. Clean out the inside of the computer also. Plus clean out the power supply.

There are two other issues also. I deal with these a lot in my computer shop.
The main issue of computer failure is power supply failure. It ranks at 70%. Electrolytic Capacitors start failing in the power supply. These 'Caps' make a weak voltage power rail, or rails.

Second issue is failing Electrolytic Capacitors on the motherboard.
The ones surrounding the processor, specifically. These 'Caps' are Voltage Regulators for the processor.

When capacitors inside the computer start failing, all kinds of issues will come up, that mimic software issues.

A dirty computer is one reason these 'Caps' fail before they should.
The second reason is Capacitor Plague

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My computer shutdown after 1 or 2 hours

unplug & remove cover and clean dust,dirt out with compressed air plug back in and try. check all cooling fans and make sure they are running if not check connections or replace with new one

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Computer turns on but no Video and doesn't go through POST.

Before you "fry it" try taking the CPU fan off of the processor, remove the processor, reinsert the processor and CPU fan and see what happens.

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Second opinion for ecs p4vmm2 8.1

It's ok to upgrade the processor to P4 the mother board is capable to run the pentium 4 2.0Ghz only . I said that because i'm using that type of motherboard ecs p4vmm2 with processor 2.0Ghz. But for my opinion the problem of your friend computer is not the processor is about the cooling fan heatsink because if the heatsink is not fit or properly lock the processor is over heating that's why the computer hanging and shutdown. If you can tight the two clip that was broken the problem is solved because i have also the same problem before one of my client computer. but if you friend want to upgrade to p4 it's better to buy also a new fan and heatsink for P4.

Thanks and God Bless


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Processor fan failurer massage

When my system had a problem, it was the second fan! My board not only had a processor fan but it also had a very small bios fan. If either fan slows down, the system will shut down. Also, check and make sure that you are using the correct jack for your fan. It sounds dumb but most newer boards has multiple jacks for fans. If you are sure that you are using the correct jack and you are using a fan with 3 wires, not 2 (3 wire fans has a ground, positive 5 volts and a sensor wire to tell the board the speed of the fan) then you have a major problem. Your motherboard has a circuit that is designed to prevent the system from running without proper cooling. Even with a new fan, if the circuit is malfunctioning -- YOUR DONE. Unless your bios gives you the option of bypassing this safety feature, you will need to replace the motherboard which is another bag of worms. Even if you buy the same board and install it, most of the time the system will lock up during boot because of some slight difference in the new board. Sorry for the bad news. Just make sure that you have the 25 digit number for your operating system so that you can reinstall Windows. It should be stuck on the computer case. With that you can replace the board, reinstall Windows and re-register with Microsoft. That way you can download the over 90 updates needed with XP (assuming that you are using XP). Good Luck

Apr 23, 2008 | Intel Motherboard

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Trouble shooting

OC failure = over clocking failure. Make sure the CPU fan is clean, free from dirt & dust. Check CPU fan plug is connected correctly. If the CPU fan still stops after a few seconds replace the CPU fan.
It's harder to find just a fan to fit your heatsink, which sits on your CPU. It is easier to find a new heatsink \ fan combo for your Intel. Use your manual to find what Intel chip is on your board. Use that information & search google for a heatsink & fan combo. Pay close attention to how your current heatsink is mounted to the Gigabyte board.


Mar 24, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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