have Gateway GM5076e desktop & fan is on high

November 5, 2010 at 20:31:46
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Pent D 940 3.2 GHz
Hello: I have a Gateway GM 5076 E desktop and the fan suddenly went onto high speed and won't shut down or slow down for 2 days now. I think this computer has apm but I don't think it is controlling the fan any more. How do I check this out or find information to troubleshoot the fan speed problem or apm? Thanks lance

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#1
November 5, 2010 at 20:42:47
try to restart.

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#2
November 5, 2010 at 20:51:48
Thanks, I did restart 3 times. NO change in fan speed. I shut the computer down and the minute I hit the start button on the front, the fan comes back on high speed. Thanks again, Lance

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#3
November 6, 2010 at 06:53:18
I could be wrong about this because I haven't built an Intel system in years. That said, I think the heat sink in your system is held on by push pins that can easily come loose.

If one of the pins is not secure the heat sink will not fit correctly, causing overheating. That in turn can cause the CPU fan to run at full speed.

Boot into the BIOS (setup) screens to see what the temperatures are.


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#4
November 6, 2010 at 21:30:25
Thanks Othehill: I will open her up tomorrow and check it out. I also received a note saying that it may be full of dust and the CPU fan has actually stopped turning, causing overheating, which has made the case fans go onto high and stay there trying to cool the CPU. When it's open, it will be easy to check both possible solutions. Again, thanks, Lance

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#5
November 7, 2010 at 06:40:38
That is another possibility but unlikely. Most modern motherboards will not start up without a working CPU fan. It has to turn at a minimal speed or the board won't boot.

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