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Cooling Fan Suddenly Speeding Up


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gmike

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I have a 2004 Dell desktop running XP. Recently I have noticed the cooling fan suddenly speeding up for a while then returning to normal. It does this during a virus scan and at other times when nothing unusual is going on. The increased RPM's make a noticable noise. Is this the beginning of a problem or nothing to worry about?
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Gnomad1600

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More than likely there is a buildup of dust and dirt in the heatsink and when you tax your processor it begins to run hotter. What model of Dell is this? There are some Dells that have a large heatsink that is prone to failure and could need to be replaced.
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i have this same problem,i have a dell dimension 4600c,I thought it was something running in the the background but i cant find it,how do i know if it is the heat thing,i am totally illiterate with computor so can you dumb down your answer.thankyou
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rshaffer61

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Direct to: jan1

Please start your own topic
Although your issue may seem similar there can be other factors that may need to be resolved.
By bumping on someone's topic it makes it confusing for the tech to understand who they are helping. This can in turn cause the wrong support to be given and can cause instability or worse to happen to your system. thank you for your cooperation.
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