Jump to content
LaptopVideo2Go Forums

XPS fans, need help!


Recommended Posts

hey, first post, sorry if this should go somewhere else...

i've been having overheating issues/charger problems with my dell XPS m170 recently, and i recently downloaded i8kfanGUI, which tells me about my core temp, fans, etc. i can manually start my fans with it, and i noticed my first fan is significantly louder (and more powerful?) than the second. is this normal? could it be the root of my recent heating problems? and how would i go about fixing it if that were the case?

on another note, i can set the program to turn the fans on at certain temperatures. since i am fairly certain my computer doesn't have internal thermal meters other than a standard diode outside of the processor (i'm VERY new to this, so sorry if i'm inaccurate), should i set the fans to start sooner than normal, as an external diode would give a cooler reading?

thanks for your time, i appreciate it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

maybe this helps:

re. slowdowns with all games (esp. lost planet) SORTED!!!!

I am sure many of you know the following, but let me just remind you.

Of course after having my puter for 6 months or so.....I FORGOT/wasn't really aware that I have TO CLEAN IT INSIDE (copper ribs and fan itself)...so u get the picture. I found some real dark snow flakes .... the quantity was the size of my index finger...BTW ... my GPU core temperature is now 38 c (in desktop mode) ...comparing to 60 c (in desktop mode) as I posted (before cleaning)....NOW I played lost planet for an hour on 1280x800, HIGHEST SETTINGS, AA, mid shaders/mid shader resolution, Vsync on.....and i think my rock still has a potential to take much higher resolutions...but...whats the point?...It didnt miss a beat. Not even once. I am geting 35+ fps all the time lol. so happpyyy. My fan (during an hour play) did NOT even react (no speedup) as I played selected mission no. 3 .. CROSSING THE PLAINS....which is probably one of the most gpu demanding missions...so bye bye fn+f2. Basically...there was NO NEED to reinstall windows twice, drivers 300,000 times...etc...two months of LOST TIME, NO GAMING, only tweaking and....trying every day and searching on the net. lol


I have NOT touched/removed the heatsinks at all...just removed the back (bottom) plastic cover (as if u were to change ram) and removed the dust the simple way...only with compressed air spray in my left and a dot flashlight in my right (or the oposite lol). Please note that removing the botom cover MIGHT void the guaranty...so please check with rock guys before doing so....dam* if I only knew that it takes only 4 months to get such a huge dust buildup lol

my puter is also VERY quiet when in desktop mode now.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...