Question about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
It's a heating issue. If you haven't noticed yet, the LX6810 comes stock with 2 fans, a CPU fan and a power supply fan. In other words, there are no case fans. There are spots to have a 120 mm case fan put in on the rear of the case (exhaust) and a 80mm case fan on the front of the case (for air intake). I'm guessing Gateway wanted to save a few bucks by not including case fans.
I recently upgraded my LX6810 with a graphics card, sound card, new power supply, and a few other things. With all this, I also installed a 120 mm fan on the back and 80 mm fan on the front. I have not had any heating issues since, and I am running very hardware intensive programs.
Simple solution: Buy the two fans and install them yourself for 15-30 bucks depending on how fancy of fans you want. Be sure to get the right connections to power the fans (either throught the motherboard or directly the power supply).
A few notes:
1. When hooking one or both fans to the motherboard header "SYS FAN", it appears that there is no speed control or enough voltage being supplied to the fans. They run about half speed all the time. It does, however, show the speed of the fan in the BIOS and Speedfan.
2. I just upgraded to the latest BIOS update Gateway came out with. The only change I have noticed is the CPU fan runs at a constant 3250 RPM, instead of 1400 RPM. It appears to me that Gateway was getting enough returns because of heat issues that their simple fix was to up the CPU fan speed. This has disappointed me greatly because I enjoyed the quietness of the machine. Now it is a constant howl.
The interesting thing is, the CPU temp isn't the problem, I believe. The CPU runs very cool; the cold air intake helps a lot. It is the rest of the components that are overheating. Feel the heatsink right below the processor after using it for some time. It will be burning hot. The higher speed of the CPU fan will pull in more air to the case, but not very efficiently at all.
3. I can't seem to find a way to change the speed of any of the fans. Not through BIOS or Speedfan. I think either the motherboard doesn't support it or Gateway's BIOS is preventing this
Posted on Jun 02, 2010
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