SP3 constant fan

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  1. Alexgpl

    Alexgpl New Member

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    Hi to everyone, this is my first post.
    I am pretty desperate with my SP3 i7 256. Windows 8.1, fully updated. Since some weeks the fan is constantly running. Even now writing this, with CPU around 8-12% in battery mode, the fan is running.
    Time ago the fan started, ok, depending on the task, but it wasn't a constant annoying presence.
    And battery life went down.
    There aren't strange processes, load goes from 10 to 30% but CPU temp doesn't move under 50 °C. Fan always activated.
    Could it be dust? Or maybe a fresh windows install could help it?

    Thanks a lot
     
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    Some people claim a fresh install works, but I just returned an i7 for an i5 in favor of "less" fan noise, but it still happens. :/ You can try and go through an exchange with Microsoft support and see if that works out for you.

    I notice the fan more so when I have the power plugged in, but even watching youtube while mobile or anything can cause it to go off. The i5 isn't as bad so I settled for that and saved some money for the dock and other accessorries. The i7 was flat out obnoxious for me.
     
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    What software are you using? 30% CPU will start the fan. Sounds like Chrome.
     
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    30% is a peak, I have just rebooted now and load is under 10% but fan throttles. Not maximum speed but it doesn't stop.
    It wasn't like this for the first 4 months!
    I'm using Firefox, Chrome melts the CPU and IE is super bugged.
     
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    Have you always been using Firefox? Are you using different extensions in Firefox? Are you using any other software?
     
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    Do you have PDFs in your Documents folder?
     
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    I had the same problem, uninstalling Chrome did it for me, fan only works at high resource programs and my battery life almost tripled.
    However now I'm stuck on IE and I absolutely hate it, I miss all the functionality...What's the best browser to use with some of the chrome functions but without the battery drain and fan activation?

    I'm guessing a clean instal would only make sence if you don't reïnstall all the programs you are running now, if you are doing that I don't really see what could be different since from what I've read till now the fan problem is mainly caused by 3th party software...
     
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    Firefox DPI scaling can be adjusted pretty easily which make it a good option. Besides I (because of my business) have my hands on Chrome and IE a lot and I still use FF as my default.
     
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    I have a lot of documents, including pdf, but not in document folder. It's a folder in the root c:\ but indexed anyway
     
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    Firefox plugins:
    - open h264
    - office 2013
    - shockwave flash
    And extensions:
    - adobe acrobat create pdf
    - downloadhelper but deactivated
     
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    Man, my fan is running and load.....nothing is open, nothing running in background....its plugged in. this started happening about 2 months ago
     

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