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My computer fan is kicking on high every few minutes, help!

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 3/5/10 1:31 PM

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My computer fan is kicking on high every few minutes, help!


I am at my wit's end. I'm going to try and be concise and to
the point. My HP Pavilion desktop (Windows XP SP3 Media
Center edition) got a nasty virus, and the local shop wiped
the hard drive and reinstalled it for $90 flat fee. It will
never be as it was before the virus, but I expected that. The
real problem is the computer's fan; it kicks on high every
few minutes and then goes back to normal speed. There is no
dust or dirt inside the case and the fans are clean. I took
it to another tech who reset the CMOS and didn't charge me
anything. The fan never kicked up on high when it was in his
shop, but when I got home it started up again. It's like when
you call the TV repairman and it works perfectly while he's
at your house. I have run all my scans, virus, spyware,
malware, etc. Everything is clean. I don't use my
computer for any work, just e-mail, news, a few online games
and general stuff (no Facebook, Twitter, adult sites). I just
hope it's not the processor and I've never had this symptom
before. Thanks for any help at all.

--Submitted by Betsy in North Carolina

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

Fan problems --Submitted by waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3262724#3262724

Intermittent fan --Submitted by Boogaloo
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3262250#3262250

Here's a few things to check --Submitted by J_M_DeAngelo
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3262355#3262355

Fan, heat sinks, & temperatures --Submitted by Enforcer
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3261926#3261926

This is likely a driver problem .... --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3261870#3261870

Thermal paste --Submitted by amirat
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3261951#3261951

Check the processor's heat sink connection --Submitted by LarryH
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3262355#3262355

Thank you to all who contributed!

If you have any additonal advice, suggestions, or solutions for Betsy, click on the reply link and submit it. Please be as detailed as possible when providing your advice. Thanks

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