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Fan temperature 160* Farenheit

  1. #1


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    Fan temperature 160* Farenheit


    Hi all,
    So, my computer for a few months now has had the fan running constantly, and gets pretty hot even when I'm not doing much. I just downloaded Speccy and realized that though my secondary computer is running at 80 normally, my primary laptop is hitting 160 degrees. This is with a web browser and a Skype call going, but even when the computer is still the fan runs one hundred percent.

    How can I solve this? What are common fan troubleshooting steps? If the problem persists, is it a crucial issue that warrants taking it to a professional? Looking for advice,

    Andrew

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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    First question has to be do you blow out the cooling vents with a can of compressed air? I do it at least once a week.
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    Posts : 103
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    I've never done so, no. The laptop is about a year and a half old. I have a can of compressed air ordered on Amazon. Should I take the computer apart and blow more directly on the fan, or is through the vents fine?
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    That long is not good. Surprised if the fan is even turning as probably very clogged with dust and hair. I would just take the access cover off and see if you can get it done that way. Also can rig a funnel to a small vacuum cleaner exhaust and use it as a blower.

    If that doesn't work, will probably have to open it up enough to get to the fan. The cooling fins also need to be clean. Good luck!
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    There's not a cover directly over the fan. I've just taken apart my laptop (have a good amount of experience doing so) but I think getting to the fan would require removing the keyboard from below and I'm not really comfortable with doing that unless it's absolutely necessary. Do you know of any sites that keep teardown records?
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  6. #6


    Joisey
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    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    Have you looked at your CPU usage in task manager? You may have some process maxing your CPU constantly, driving up the temperature.
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    Well, there is this, and I'm wondering if the two are connected (high CPU usage, and not cleaning out the fan):

    CPU Hogging: Firewall, Diagnostic Policy, & Base Filtering

    It's a SVChost process, though, and it seems like it is something that I can't do anything about -- I mean, I don't want to disable a firewall, do I? But that could definitely be the culprit as those processes frequently take up a lot of CPU usage, and 100% disk usage, too. My disk never stops spinning, so that sounds suspect to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by authorandrew View Post
    I've never done so, no. The laptop is about a year and a half old. I have a can of compressed air ordered on Amazon. Should I take the computer apart and blow more directly on the fan, or is through the vents fine?
    I take the side off the case and blow it out every three months - depends on your amount of dust, etc. Wipe the vents while you are cleaning. Here in Oklahoma we have lots of dusty windy weather and I feel it needs it. I also see tiny lint balls inside the case.

    BTW Walmart sells cans of air much cheaper than ordering on line.

    (PS if you are married and your wife uses hair spray near the pc, move her to a more suitable location to spray her hair.)
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    Too bad about the air. I don't have any walmarts near me (bike only, and the nearest one is 15 miles), but I got one 12oz can for eight bucks, so I'm okay with it. Walmart (at least online) doesn't seem to be too much less.

    Any tips for disassembling my computer? I have a pavilion dm4 -- I've often taken apart the back casing to get at the HD and RAM, and I've taken the DVD drive out, but there's not an easy way to access the fan -- I think I'd have to take the keyboard off. iFixit doesn't have my model, and the one teardown guide I've found (I have an HP Pavilion dm4) is not for my exact model number (I have the 3170se Beats Edition) and there are some discrepancies.
    Last edited by authorandrew; 28 Apr 2014 at 07:19.
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  10. #10


    India
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    Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1


    all u have to do is
    1. u have u screws/clips/lock on's on the sides of the fan.
    figure it out so that u can remove it. its pretty easy make sure u have a flat screwdriver in hand.

    2.remove thee fan from the heatsink if provided.

    3.a paint brush comes in handy too to clean parts not visible or which dont get cleaned by the can of air.

    4.before fixing everything back on buy a can of isopropyl alcohol and gently clean the wax like thing on your processor ( cpu ).

    5.apply thermal paste - highlyy recommended - and then put evrything back in place
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