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It seems like my fan is running awfully hard. The exhaust also seems to expel really hot air. I had the fan replaced about a year or 2 ago. Wondering if I need to have it done again. Or what the problem is. It is a Toshiba Tecra A 1

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It seems like my fan - sp.gif sp.gif Temperature Operating: 5°to 35°C (41° to 95°F); Non-Operating: –20° to 65°C (-4° to149°F)

Replace the fan.

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Is it possible to reduce the noise of the fan

Reduce laptop computer fan noise by getting rid of dust buildup on the exhaust system with compressed air and making sure the computer is sitting on a surface that allows for airflow.
Replace the exhaust unit on a laptop fan if the noise persists with advice from a computer programmer in this free video on laptop computers.

Now usually when your laptop fan is running loudly it's because your processor is heating up and it's requiring the fan to spin faster than normal to cool your processor off.
Now a lot of times this can be caused by dust that's built up in the exhaust system on the back of your laptop.
So what I'm going to show you to do is take a can of air duster, you can find this at basically any computer store, office stores sell this as well, and what you're going to do is you're going to take your laptop and find the exhaust area.
It's usually on the back or the bottom. In this case it's right here on the back of my laptop right here.
And I'm going to take this compressed air and I'm just going to, it has a little straw that directs the air to where you would like to blow it at, and I'm just going to, from an angle here, blow some air into that.
You want to do it in really short bursts too because if you hold the button down, it'll actually condense the air and it'll come out as liquid drops and you don't want that to get into your computer.
Do it at an angle, that way the air comes in and goes out and pulls along with it any dust that it might be picking up.
Now what that does is it's just going to clear out these air pathways here.
So once you have your laptop good and clean, also make sure that you're sitting it on a surface where air can get inside the laptop.
Basically air flows under here, it's pulled in by the fan and then goes out of the exhaust.
Now that's going to cool your processor as best as it possibly can.
So make sure that you're getting good air flow.
If your laptop fan is still running very loudly after that, chances are a ball bearing is loose inside, inside of the fan and really you're just forced to replace it at that point.

May 22, 2013 | Acer Aspire Z5700 PC Desktop

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What is the best way to keep these computers running cool? They only come with 1 fan, the CPU fan. I installed a new graphics card which comes with 3 fans on it (radeon 6950) and added an 80mm fan at the...

Hello, I am the technician that you be assisting you today. My name is Norman-Wynne Damstra.

Welcome to Fixya Jeffery.

Yes you are quite correct, your upgraded computer system is giving off a large amount of heat, that graphics upgrade is quite substantial.

See these off the shelf PC's from manufactures really don't take the computer gamer's needs into account with regards to cooling. Gaming gear gives off a whole bunch of heat and this heat as you have come to find needs to be expelled quite quickly for a stable and cool gaming computer system.

Here are two possible solutions for this problem:
Option 1.) Installing cooling into the side panel is the easiest, most effective way of cooling your computer's components. I would reccomend installing at least two 120mm fans. What you do is set the one so that the fans hub would sits directly above the CPU. This fan would therefore provide freash cool air from outside the chassis to your CPU cooler.
The second fan would be installed so that the hub sits slightly below the Circuit Board (PCB) of the Graphics card. This fan would therefore provide freash cool air from outside the chassis to your Graphics card. Be sure to check that the fan, once installed over the Graphics card clears the actual graphics card once the side panel is slid closed.
You will need to measure and drill 4 holes for each fan, and then cut out the metal in the middle for air to pass through the chassis side panel. One can buy 120mm fan grills to protect anything large from touching the fan blades, it also makes the mod look smart and finished off. They are bought in crome or black finish. Check your computer store.

Now that the intake is sorted your will need to work on a suitable spot to install exhaust fans. Some-times there is enough space around the rear 80mm fan to drill and fit a 120mm fan. Again you will need to drill 4 holes and cut away the middle of the chassis for the air to pass through the chassis. You will need to check if this option is available to you. Another exhaust option is the top of the chassis for natural convection currents (hot air rising), usually install either 1 or 2 120mm fans depending on the position of the Power Supply, as some are fitted on the top and others on the bottom.
Visit your local computer store for fan mounting; kits, ideas, available fan speeds and airflow rates, purchase fans.

Option 2.) Involves the purchase of a suitable gaming computer chassis. These would be better suited to your gaming setup/needs and have lot's of fan install points. You would want to get one, if you so choose that offers 120mm or 140mm fan mounting options. Usually offering in excess of 3 mounting points. Giving your computer components freash air, thereby decreasing tempreature, increasing performance, reliability and longevity.
There are lot of diffent sizes and styles available.

I would reccomend either Cooler Master 690 series or Corsair.

Take care!
Norman-Wynne Damstra

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For the past few weeks, my Sony VGC-RC210G desktop has been shutting down on its own, after 30-45 minutes of usage.I initially thought the interior was clouded with dust and proceeded to open and...

Test your PSU or replace it if your power supply units fan is not working your PSU is faulty

One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up a computer hard drive

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they are probably old and faulty a computer needs its connections to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error

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The fan seems to be running hard and loud. i have cleaned the system and it's running quieter since then. is that normal for the system to do?

I'm assuming that when you say you cleaned the system that you mean you removed programs, old files, viruses, etc.
If your computer is set to change fan speed based on how hot the processor or video card gets, which it probably is, then more programs and stuff running on the computer would cause your hardware to work harder, get hotter, and need more ventilation. Thus faster fan speed.
However, I believe what really happened is that dust collected on the fan(s), causing them to make some new noises and then the dust fell off because it was so heavy or it got sucked through the fan and out of the way finally. Which means it was a coincidence.
Now if you meant that you literally cleaned the computer (opened it up and blew all the "dust bunnys" out) then yeah it makes perfect sense that it would be come quiter.
By the way, if you have not opened the computer case and cleaned out all of the dust, you really really should.
Disconnect the computer from the outlet, open up the case, and using a can of compressed air (about $5) blow out all of the dust, hair, and dirt to make sure your hardware stays in good condition.

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A few possible solutions.

You said that you got some canned air to blew it out... what I normally like to do is simply use a vacuum and **** up as much dust as possible (besides who wants dust in your face?). Once that is done, I would advise that you take off the fan from the CPU cooler itself and get in there with either the canned air or vacuum... simply because with the fan still attached, there is possibly still a layer to caked dust under the fan and on top of the heat sink.

If it is any of the other case fans, I would either get in there and vacuum them out really good or simply replace them. My computer use to sound like a jet engine after 2 years but when I replaced my fans (with cool blue LED ones) it was significantly (can't stress enough) quieter. Most fans are of course using ball bearings, so if you can imagine the bearings getting a good layer of dust in them as well...

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Chances are you need a new fan or it could be your motherboard is overheating so the fan continues to run. Fans are pretty cheap.


If you have the expertise to do so, try opening up the unit, detaching the fan and reattaching it. Maybe when you used the air blower it caused it to sit improperly.

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