close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

my dell laptop fan

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by cannoncocker, Sep 4, 2004.

  1. cannoncocker

    cannoncocker unknown race

    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2001
    Location:
    afganistan for now
    Hi everyone
    The small fan i guess its the power supply fan doesnt seem to be running or maybe it is when i dont notice it.Is it suppose to be always on?
    rod
     
  2. podwich

    podwich

    Messages:
    4,642
    Likes Received:
    311
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2000
    Location:
    MI
    I'm not sure about Dell laptops (mine's an IBM) but in general laptops only run the fan when necessary to save on battery life. However, I only have 1 fan on my laptop and no fan on the power supply/transformer.
     

  3. cannoncocker

    cannoncocker unknown race

    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2001
    Location:
    afganistan for now
    the reason i ask is my laptop is getting old 4 years and i havent been paying attention so ill try and let the battery run down.
     
  4. podwich

    podwich

    Messages:
    4,642
    Likes Received:
    311
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2000
    Location:
    MI
    What I mean by not having a fan on the transformer is that there isn't a fan on the box on the power cord. I have only one fan-the fan in the computer itself.

    I don't think you're going to notice anything different by running the battery down.

    I really don't think you have a problem, especially if it's been this way for 4 years. If you are worried about it, you could try going to Dell's forums at http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums and asking there. They have some pretty knowledgeable people there and may be able to help you further.
     
  5. nothing

    nothing Advertisement

    Messages:
    815
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2002
    Location:
    Brandon, MS
    Most laptops only run the fan when necessary to conserve battery life. If it isn't locking up or giving you any noticable problems I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  6. Guest

    I have a dell and i can really hear when my fan starts.
     
  7. DragonRider

    DragonRider

    Messages:
    198
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2002
    Location:
    NoVA
    If you look through the forums on dell and hear about a program called ikfangui. Its a program that allows you to monitor and adjust your fan setting. I used it for a bit years ago.

    I thought the fan were supposed to kick on to help lower the temperature? I also use a coolpad from http://www.coolpad.com/ so that my lap doesn't get hot on my lap.

    HTH

    John
     
  8. Sho Nuff

    Sho Nuff The baddest

    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2004
    Had an old (3-4yr old) Dell laptop start shutting off randomly and finally traced it to a heat problem. I found out that the fan had melted on the thing b/c Dell has set the BIOS to turn the fan on at an absurdly high Temp, b/w 70 and 80 degrees C.

    Try finding a fan for a Dell that old and don't try calling Dell unless you speak Hindi to get a replacement. Not to mention that Dell doesn't have them so you probably have to go to a computer boneyard to find one for a laptop this old.

    So to make a long story short, I found this little program that helps you to control the fan on the Dell machine and set it to turn on at a lower temp.

    http://www.diefer.de/i8kfan/

    Hope this helps.
     
  9. mark836

    mark836 Guest

    mine only comes on once in awhile (Dell inspiron 8000)