The fan on this machine tends to make a fairly loud high-pitched noise, even with Thermal Adaptive control set in the BIOS to "Balanced" (not "High Performance." I've reduced the noise by installing TFFanControl 0.62 under both Windows 10 and Windows 7:
This seems to help a lot, though it pops up an ugly-looking window on startup. EDIT: I see this can be fixed with a setting in the INI file.
Is there an alternative, or something better? Is there a reason NOT to use this?
I'll be grateful for any advice on this.
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Not that I'm aware of.
No. I've been running it on a variety of systems - as I expect you have too - since the earliest versions, and it worked wonders IME.Is there a reason NOT to use this?
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I seem to have been the last person to hear about this, for some reason. I've never used it before, though I certainly could have used it had I known about it. This was the first time I was bothered by a high-pitched noise. Will now install it in some other systems too - now that I belatedly found the option to let it start minimized.
Thanks for confirming that this is what I need!
In summary: the design of the vents on the base under the fan causes a whistling noise at certain fan frequencies. If you put your thumb over part of the grille (as shown in the video), the whistling stops. It's not a question of the fan being dirty or ineffective - it's a mistake in the design of the base. Or at least that's what it seems like!
First, following a private suggestion from RBS, I put down new thermal grease below the fan - and also replaced the fan itself with a new one, because, when removing the original one, I broke one of the little plastic tabs that hold cables on the fan housing. That little tab doesn't really do much, but it suggested that the plastic had aged, so a replacement made sense.
The new grease and the new fan effectively silenced this machine. But I also put in a strip of high-temperature masking tape over the part of the grille shown in the video in an earlier post. I don't see any increased temperatures, but I'll keep alert with this.
Once again, advice from RBS was exactly what I needed.
I'll be posting a longer account of RBS's amazing work on this machine at a later date. Stay tuned!
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