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Vivian, it's happening again...
This may be a dumb tech question, but should the tiny fans on the back of my laptop (Dell Inspiron) be running constantly? Last night, they started sounding bit labored and then just stopped, and I honestly can't say if I noticed them running all the time or if it was an intermittent thing akin to a car radiator.

If something has gone horribly wrong, would one of you be willing to take a stab at correcting the problem? I'll happily give you beer and cookies.
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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: October 24th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shouldn't be a problem, they run based on the heat of the system. If it starts getting really hot and they don't kick back in, that could be a problem. You can test it by playing a graphically intense game for a bit (ie. not solitaire), that should definitley kick them on.
komos From: komos Date: October 24th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok, I wasn't sure. I hadn't recalled their running constantly, but it's the sort of thing that doesn't necessarily register without something changing.

Was the Redorkening good for you?
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: October 24th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh, so good. so so good. ;-)

I like the draft 'n play gaming format.
komos From: komos Date: October 24th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like that we could all make workable decks in the format. That was pretty novel.
From: ex_cayetana730 Date: October 24th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
It would do that to me, too. I got scared when it was quiet, but it never seemed to affect the functioning of the computer. I would also sometimes use canned air in the fan area in case the dust caused the noises.

Hope it's not giving you too much trouble :(
komos From: komos Date: October 24th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, not at all. Even though I know that I'll have to bite the bullet at some point and get a brandy new one, it's been quite lovely so far.
ela_bird From: ela_bird Date: October 24th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
the fans are loud on my laptop too. i've got a Sony VAIO. they run most of the time but sometimes stop because the system is not running too hot. i'd say 90% they're on and loud and 10% they're not on. i've noticed that laptops run much hotter than desktop PC's.

komos From: komos Date: October 25th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I imagine that's a function of having that much power crammed into such a tiny living space.

The fans kicked on last night while I was doing the Test of the Acrobat in ATITD, so I assume all is well.

Nice work of late, btw. ^^
kelmit From: kelmit Date: October 25th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, this happened to my laptop (Dell Latitude). You need to clean out the dust from the fan with some compressed air. If that doesn't permanently fix it, you may need to replace the fan. They're fairly inexpensive.
kelmit From: kelmit Date: October 25th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should add that my fan did eventually die altogether, and then the computer overheated and shut itself off, and wouldn't let me turn it back on until I had replaced the fan.
komos From: komos Date: October 27th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's looking more like I overreacted at this point. Both fans seem to be running fine (without whinging!) at this point.
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