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Increased Fan Volume when Idle

  1. #1


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 x64

    Increased Fan Volume when Idle


    Hi everybody,
    I have Windows 8 installed on my laptop, and there's something I can not figure out. Whenever I leave my computer and it's in idle mode, it seems that something starts to run which causes my fan noise to increase. As soon as I move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard so that my screen is ON, my fan noise goes back to normal. Does anyone have any suggestions? There have been situations where I have left the room and when I come back after about 10 minutes, my fan noise was relatively HIGH.

    Thanks

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  2. #2


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    something is running in the background when idle, could be maintenance, virus scanner, backups, etc...

    Since it ceases when your computer stops being idle, it may be difficult to track.

    I suggest looking in your scheduled tasks and see if you find it there..

    go to your start screen and start typing task options will pop up and select task scheduler

    you will see what has been running in the past 24 hours first you can change that to last hour, day, etc..

    Look for optimizers or scanning programs in the list..
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  3. #3


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    something is running in the background when idle, could be maintenance, virus scanner, backups, etc...

    Since it ceases when your computer stops being idle, it may be difficult to track.

    I suggest looking in your scheduled tasks and see if you find it there..

    go to your start screen and start typing task options will pop up and select task scheduler

    you will see what has been running in the past 24 hours first you can change that to last hour, day, etc..

    Look for optimizers or scanning programs in the list..
    Thank you for your answer,
    When I go to Scheduled Tasks nothing appears even if I change it "Last 30 days". Isn't there any program which I can run and then leave my computer in idle and this program records what happens in the background, so that I can check it?
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  4. #4


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    ok, lets try this..

    in the start menu start typing event viewer, a shortcut should appear to event viewer

    select it

    click application, maximize full screen, stretch out the source tab to see more detail..

    this will show all applications that have run already and are currently running as well including failed starts..
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  5. #5


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    ok, lets try this..

    in the start menu start typing event viewer, a shortcut should appear to event viewer

    select it

    click application, maximize full screen, stretch out the source tab to see more detail..

    this will show all applications that have run already and are currently running as well including failed starts..
    Actually, when I type "event" (or "event viewer"), there's only a View event logs option (in the "Settings" section), and when I open it up, there's no "application" that I can click
    I uploaded a screenshot for you to see...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Event Logs.jpg  
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  6. #6


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    This works fine as well...

    goto log summary

    double click application

    and browse through that to see what programs are/were running..

    Or you can allow your computer to sleep

    then wake it up about a minute after you hear the fan speed kick up,

    note the time and date, then look at the event viewer/applications for that timeframe..
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  7. #7


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    This works fine as well...

    goto log summary

    double click application

    and browse through that to see what programs are/were running..

    Or you can allow your computer to sleep

    then wake it up about a minute after you hear the fan speed kick up,

    note the time and date, then look at the event viewer/applications for that timeframe..
    Thank you, I will try that and see if I can find anything...
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  8. #8


    Spain
    Posts : 39
    Windows 8 Professional x64


    Just as a side note, do you have any system optimization/hard disk care/defrag programs installed? If so, that could be causing your problem.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Julian View Post
    Just as a side note, do you have any system optimization/hard disk care/defrag programs installed? If so, that could be causing your problem.
    Unfortunately not, and I cannot figure out what runs in the background...
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  10. #10


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    This works fine as well...

    goto log summary

    double click application

    and browse through that to see what programs are/were running..

    Or you can allow your computer to sleep

    then wake it up about a minute after you hear the fan speed kick up,

    note the time and date, then look at the event viewer/applications for that timeframe..
    It's interesting, I cleared up the whole "application" log, and my computer went to idle. Fan noise began to increase a little bit, then I opened the log, and there was no log for an application for that time...
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