I suspect that my cooling fan has failed. When I use the graphics card, or CPU intensively, i.e. gaming, video editing, 3d modeling and rendering, the area where the cooling fan and exhaust vent are located becomes extremely hot, and as the fan speed climbs in an attempt to compensate, it makes an increasingly loud and obnoxious buzzing. Airflow through the exhaust port is also greatly diminished compared to before this problem began. I understand that the likely solution is replacing the fan, but I cannot seem to locate any information about the part, relevant part numbers, or exploded view diagrams. I was wondering if you could either refer me to an Acer parts dealer, tell me where I could find an exploded view, or possibly how I could fix the fan.
The laptop is out of warranty, and I am entirely unwilling to pay $225+shipping to have someone else replace a part that should cost practically nothing.
Dont know if this is still a problm but just fixed mine. There is a gap between the fan housing and the heatsink, that has tape wrapped around it. When I removed the whole fan and heatsink assembly, unwrapped the tape, there was a plug of dust in this gap. Just pulled it out, wiped everything with a brush and reassembled. Now perfect!
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Re: Extremely loud fan at high fan speeds
If you remove the hard drive bay and memory bay underneath the laptop, you should be able to see the fan attached to the motherboard, if not completely remove the bottom section of the notebook, you may find that there is a build up of dust on the phone, hoover this off gently, you may find a big difference as dust causes fan imbalance
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Do you have a system utility that will let you check the temperature of your graphics card and your CPU? If you do, check if the temperature is rising significantly while you play. (For a 32-bit Windows OS, a free option is SIW (Software information for Windows available here: www.gtopala.com/ )
The next question is which model card do you have? Does it have a fan? Check if your fan is running properly. (For some computer cases, you can add a slot cooling fan next to the video card or an extra side fan to bring down the temperature enough to play Facebook games.)
Next check that your power supply is not getting overloaded. Some power supplies are labeled with their maximum peak output wattage. So if your video card demands extra power when doing intensive gaming, the power supply may not keep up.
If there is a fan on the ATI card that is not spinning, then you probably should replace it. It's possible to remove the fan from the card and then peel off the seal. Then add a drop of a machine oil that has few contaminants. (I use sewing machine oil or fishing reel oil.) Then replace the thermal compound and reattch the fan to the card. However, I tend not to trust this fix to last. There are replacement VGA card fans but finding one to fit your card can be hard.
Greetings - You can run both but from the system requirements posted for both games you would have to run them at low setting and it would not be a very pleasant experience. You're system (making some assumptions from the fact you have an AGP video card) is unfortunately, as you already suspect, pretty under powered to deal with many current game titles.
PES 11 is a little more forgiving with it's system requirements which you can find HERE.
The requirements for FIFA 11 are posted HEREand from these requirements I would say playing it on your system would be not worth trying.
to play most current games well you need a motherboard, CPU and video card upgrade. There's really no way around it unless you limit yourself to less graphic and action intensive titles.
No it is not normal for the graphics to fail unless the heatsink and fan are so badly clogged. The cpu will stand temperatures of up to 90 degrees but, it gets the main body of the cooling and the graphics chip does not get as well cooled, what happens is the graphics chip then suffers and the solder "bed" it is fixed by melts and the chip detaches.
You may be lucky and by cleaning out the cooling components get it working, but I suspect the motherboard has been damaged now
The amount that you can overclock you're video card differes for each individual card. The limiting factors are temperatures and stability. If games start crashing, etc you should back off the overclocking. Also keep in mind the temperature of the card. Increasing fan speeds will lower the temperatures of the card. Increasing the fan speed (as long as you don't go beyond 100%) will not damage the card... It will be louder though. For the 9800gt, the maximum temperature before damage is 105 degrees C. Try to keep the temperatures at 80 or below optimally. Increasing the fan speed is the best way to accomplish this.
I have the same computer, and the stock fan that's installed has a very high rpm. It is a variable fan that can actually be set in the bios to run in a quiet mode or in a mode that is more for heavy work, like your gaming, or other intensive work that requires a lot of processing. Other tasks that require the processor to work harder are graphics, CAD, audio recording, and video editing and viewing. You will notice on your dell, that you can actually hear the fan go through different speeds depending on how much work the processor is doing. It can get loud, and you may even think that maybe something is wrong with your fan, but that's just the fan attempting to cool the processor as it's working. This is software controlled based on the temperature reading of the processor chip. To use a quieter mode, you can enter your bios during startup, and find the fan settings. Change the fan setting to the quieter mode (it actually reads something like "quiet mode" or office mode" or something like that - very easy to determine. Then save your settings and exit bios. I need to tell you though, it's not much quieter.
There are quieter fans you could buy for your CPU, but it may not be worth it to you. I had my cpu sitting on top of a side desk, and it was unreasonably loud. I plaecd it on the floor under the desk, and now I can barely hear it. Maybe you need to place your cpu further away from you in such a way. You can even get foam and "soundproof" your cpu, remembering of course, not to cover the ventilation holes in your case, or cover any part of the processor or motherboard - just the interior walls of the case. A lot of techs I know who need their processor near them (disk and rear panel access) use this technique. Hope this helps.
There are three things you need to have a good gaming computer, fast graphics card, fast CPU, and lots of RAM. You didn't list your RAM so I can't help you, but 4GB is the most you can put in a computer. If you want to know everything about your computer then click on Start>Accesssories>system tools>system.
Ok you asked four or five questions so lets start with the CPU since if that breaks nothing else matters. First, the measurement for CPU is GigaHertz (GHz) not rpm. So it looks like you have a 1.98GHz CPU. That is not extremely fast (my Dell laptop for instance has a 2.4GHz) so you don't have to worry about your CPU overheating. Yes, all CPUs should have a heatsink and a fan. It helps with the cooling. A CPU also does a thing called "throttling" if it is getting too hot it slows itself down to cool off. So you are good with the CPU.
The other fan is the large fan you hear going on and off. That is connected to your power supply. The measurement for that is in wattage, it is custom made depending on the motherboard so that is a given that there is no problems with the power supply.
Both fans on the CPU and the Power Supply will turn off and on as they get hotter then stop when they are cool again.
Your graphics card is the most important for gaming. It should come with its on RAM and it's on fan. GE FORCE makes some good ones. Just google "gaming graphic cards" and you'll get an idea of what you need.
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It would seem in my opinion from the information you gave, that your processor of graphics processor is overheating and shutting down the laptop. Possible the cooling fan is not operating correctly. Do you hear your cooling fan running at all?