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Old 05-27-2006, 10:58 AM
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Fan keeps coming on

A fan in my computer keeps coming on every few minutes and then shutting off. I'm guessing it's a processor cooling fan. It never used to come on at all before, but it is starting to happen on a daily basis. How can I get it to stop coming on? Are there just too many processes running? It's a relatively new computer- had it only a year. It is an HP, running Windows XP, 1GB RAM, Pentium 4 processor. Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 05-27-2006, 12:45 PM
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Did you check in Task Manager to see if something is using a lot of CPU's? You could also open your case and blow the dustbunnies out of your vents with a can of compressed air. I do that yearly and it's surprising the amount of crud that comes out.
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Old 05-27-2006, 01:56 PM
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Probably not just comming on but speeding up to cool your PC.
This would indicate an over heating problem and that would indacate a dirty PC.
Read my post on this thread http://forum.worldstart.com/showthread.php?t=88774
Don't go any further than you have to read Quinnk post on the same thread.
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Old 05-27-2006, 06:22 PM
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I'm guessing it's a processor cooling fan. It never used to come on at all before, but it is starting to happen on a daily basis. How can I get it to stop coming on?
If you stop the processor fan from coming on, you will be buying a new processor. It's fan should run anytime the computer is on.
I don't know what fan you are talking about, but All fans should run when the computer is on. Your problem may not be a fan at all, but your CD Rom spinning up. Check to see if there is a disk in it.
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Old 05-27-2006, 06:27 PM
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Old 05-27-2006, 08:45 PM
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Sorry- it's a desktop. And you're probably right- it has been about a year since I've opened it up and cleaned the dust out, so I'm sure that would help. I know that all the fans should be running, but this one is very noisy, and comes on and stays on for about two minutes, then shuts off. It hasn't always done that. I also suspected it had something to do with too many processes running at once, and sometimes when I go in and terminate the unnecessary process, it helps. I just wondered if it was maybe an indication that something was about to malfunction inside the tower! I hope not- I can't afford to fix it right now! Thanks for the help everyone!
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Old 05-27-2006, 11:00 PM
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See if you can tell which fan it is when you take the cover off.
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