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Increased Fan Volume when Idle


farzadmf

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23
#1
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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System One

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    Windows 8 x64
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    Sager NP9150
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    Intel Core i7 3720
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Brooklyn567

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#2
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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    HP G60
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    AMD Turion RM-70 Dual Core 2.0 GHZ
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farzadmf

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#3
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?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Sager NP9150
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3720
    Memory
    24 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 675MX
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
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    Norton Internet Security

Brooklyn567

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#4
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..
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP G60
    CPU
    AMD Turion RM-70 Dual Core 2.0 GHZ
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce 8200M G
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Mouse
    MS Intellipoint 5 button (love it!)
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    Chrome and Chromium
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    Avast Free & Malwarebytes

farzadmf

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#5
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...
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Sager NP9150
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3720
    Memory
    24 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 675MX
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Internet Security

Brooklyn567

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#6
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..
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP G60
    CPU
    AMD Turion RM-70 Dual Core 2.0 GHZ
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce 8200M G
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Mouse
    MS Intellipoint 5 button (love it!)
    Browser
    Chrome and Chromium
    Antivirus
    Avast Free & Malwarebytes

farzadmf

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Posts
23
#7
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...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Sager NP9150
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3720
    Memory
    24 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 675MX
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Internet Security

Julian

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Spain

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39
#8
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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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600k
    Motherboard
    ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 2x4GB 1600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX580DCUII
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    PSU
    Corsair TX850v2
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    Coolermaster HAF X
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    Too much!
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farzadmf

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#9
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...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Sager NP9150
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3720
    Memory
    24 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 675MX
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Internet Security

farzadmf

New Member
Posts
23
#10
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...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Sager NP9150
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3720
    Memory
    24 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 675MX
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Internet Security

Ex_Brit

Older - But No Wiser
Pro User
#11
It's most likely the defragmenter, but I would also suspect any proprietary software that the manufacturer/retailer has onboard as they may be scanning for "upgrades".
 

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    Alienware® ALX X58
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    Intel® Core i7-975 Extreme 3.86 GHz 8MB Cache
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    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Socket 1366 Core i7, Dual Triple Channel DDR3 Mem
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Julian

New Member
Spain

Posts
39
#12
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...
What antivirus do you have?

Can you post a screenshot of ALL the processes running on your machine from the task manager? (You have to click the "Show processes from all users..." button.)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600k
    Motherboard
    ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 2x4GB 1600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX580DCUII
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    PSU
    Corsair TX850v2
    Case
    Coolermaster HAF X
    Cooling
    Too much!
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 10

farzadmf

New Member
Posts
23
#13
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...
What antivirus do you have?

Can you post a screenshot of ALL the processes running on your machine from the task manager? (You have to click the "Show processes from all users..." button.)
I'm using Norton Internet Security,

About the screenshot, unfortunately the list is so long I don't know how to include all the items in one screenshot :(
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Sager NP9150
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3720
    Memory
    24 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 675MX
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Internet Security

HippsieGypsie

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#14
Hello, farzadmf.

How old is the laptop? Does the fan roar when you use it?

It could be a matter of dust blocking cooling.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
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    IE11
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    Defender
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    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1

farzadmf

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#15
Hello, farzadmf.

How old is the laptop? Does the fan roar when you use it?

It could be a matter of dust blocking cooling.
I don't think so, I bought the laptop about 2 months ago.
The fan noise isn't that bad when idle; I was just wondering what causes this situation. That's the reason I decided to ask here and use other people's experience.

Thank you anyway
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Sager NP9150
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3720
    Memory
    24 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 675MX
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Internet Security
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74
#16
this seems a better option as I'm facing the same trouble in my HP 520 laptop and now going to check the log summary .. hope i get there an apt solution...
 

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System One

  • OS
    4.1
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    PC/Desktop
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    e4166
    CPU
    core 2 duel
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    i3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Dell
    Browser
    compe
    Antivirus
    kpersky

Julian

New Member
Spain

Posts
39
#17
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...
What antivirus do you have?

Can you post a screenshot of ALL the processes running on your machine from the task manager? (You have to click the "Show processes from all users..." button.)
I'm using Norton Internet Security,

About the screenshot, unfortunately the list is so long I don't know how to include all the items in one screenshot :(
Many screenshots is OK, too :geek:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600k
    Motherboard
    ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 2x4GB 1600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX580DCUII
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    PSU
    Corsair TX850v2
    Case
    Coolermaster HAF X
    Cooling
    Too much!
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 10

farzadmf

New Member
Posts
23
#18
What antivirus do you have?

Can you post a screenshot of ALL the processes running on your machine from the task manager? (You have to click the "Show processes from all users..." button.)
I'm using Norton Internet Security,

About the screenshot, unfortunately the list is so long I don't know how to include all the items in one screenshot :(
Many screenshots is OK, too :geek:
OK, I attached 5 JPG files. Hope it helps...
 

Attachments

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Sager NP9150
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3720
    Memory
    24 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 675MX
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Internet Security

Julian

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Spain

Posts
39
#19
That list helped a lot, thanks :thumb:

My first two suspects are Norton and VMware, why don't you give disabling VMware and checking Norton's Schedule to see if it has anything programmed to run at idle time?

-Julian
Microsoft Student Partner
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600k
    Motherboard
    ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 2x4GB 1600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX580DCUII
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    PSU
    Corsair TX850v2
    Case
    Coolermaster HAF X
    Cooling
    Too much!
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 10

HippsieGypsie

It's Gururrrrrr8!
Lilymoor, IL

Posts
13,547
#20
Hello, farzadmf.

How old is the laptop? Does the fan roar when you use it?

It could be a matter of dust blocking cooling.
I don't think so, I bought the laptop about 2 months ago.
The fan noise isn't that bad when idle; I was just wondering what causes this situation. That's the reason I decided to ask here and use other people's experience.

Thank you anyway
You're quite welcome. :)

I understand now. I see it's not a huge problem. You're just curious as to why the fan runs a little faster. Good luck in your search.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1