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Fan not working?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ayotte218, Apr 18, 2010.

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  1. ayotte218

    ayotte218 Thread Starter

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    How can I tell if my fan is working? I can't hear it but could it just be that quiet? I have a 3yo Vostro 1500. I ran SpeedFan and my GPU temp is 55C. Is that too hot? Should I be able to see something about my fans on that program (if so, there is nothing showing).

    Louise
     
  2. How'dIdoThat

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    You can use the free http://www.piriform.com/speccy to see if things are ok but 55c sounds high to me. Can you see the fan from the rear of the tower ? Is the tower clean of all dust and pet hair ? Are there any devices like a cell phone or printer near the tower that can cause magnetic buildup ?
     
  3. ayotte218

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    I am thinking that is high, too. It converts to 131F. This is a laptop and unlike another one I had, I cannot see the fan in this one. I hear it at startup (but then maybe it isn't the fan, could be something else, I guess) I will run the program you mentioned.....thank you for your response! I will report back when I am done.

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    OK, I ran that teswt and I find temperatures; CPU 121F, hard drive 106F....tells me a lot of stuff but nothing as to whether or not the fan is running. Are the temperatures the only indicator?
     
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    Well if it was overheating the computer would freeze up or shut down unexpectedly. Also when you click on Hard Drive in the Speccy program it will tell you if the status is good and what the max high temp. is.
     
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    OK, thanks. the temp right now is 106F, the temp range is ok (less than 122F) and the status is good. So the fan must be working, eh?
     
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    Yes I'd say so, is there anything else going on to make you wonder if the computer is less than ok ?
     
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    What processor do you have in the Vostro 1500? You need to know the processor used to get the thermal specs to see if a temperature is a cause for concern.
     
  9. ayotte218

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    It takes FOREVER to boot up, and is so very slow between apps. I posted to HJT and bumped a few times but have gotten no response. For the record, I am working on a different laptop. I am looking for a reason amnd thought I would research the fact that we can't hear the fan. Somewhere I read that can really slow your system down too.
     
  10. ayotte218

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    Operating System
    MS Windows XP Home 32-bit SP3
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5470 @ 1.60GHz 117 ?F
    Merom 65nm Technology
    RAM
    1.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 331MHz 5-5-5-15
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0WY040 (Microprocessor)
    Graphics
    Plug and Play Monitor @ 1280x800
    128MB GeForce 8400M GS (Dell) 135 ?F
    Hard Drives
    120GB Seagate ST9120822AS (SATA) 106 ?F
    Optical Drives
    Optiarc DVD+-RW AD-5540A
    Audio
    SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC
     
  11. win2kpro

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    The T5470 processor temperature specification is 100°C.

    If the temperature is 117°F = 47.2°C it is nothing to be concerned about.
     
  12. ayotte218

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    Thank you! I think I am in over my head and will take my machine to the shop today.
     
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