CPU fan issue weird

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  1. ng4ever

    ng4ever Flaccid 4Evar

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    What would cause a CPU fan to stop working or spinning sometimes only?
     
  2. auntjemima

    auntjemima [H]ardness Supreme

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    Broken wire. Poor connection. Fan issue. Port issue.

    So, I would try a different spot on the main board, one of the numerous fan connector locations. Just make sure you plug something into the cpu fan connector as well, like a random system fan, so the system doesn't think the fan isn't plugged in.
     
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  3. jmilcher

    jmilcher 2[H]4U

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    If it’s a cpu fan and you have speedstep enabled or some other bios option, sometimes at idle a fan can stop
     
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  4. hititnquitit

    hititnquitit Limp Gawd

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    if its a pwm fan a bios setting may be jacked up.
     
  5. Brian_B

    Brian_B 2[H]4U

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    Lots of reasons.

    Usually - it's a speed control setting that's dropping too low for the motor to pick up - motors usually have a low speed % threshold that they can't run underneath, or they stall or do things like what you are seeing. Try adjusting the minimum fan speed up if possible, or disable the auto-speed control and run it manual speed.

    It may also be your energy savings settings kicking in - jmilcher is correct, if temp is low enough some systems will shut off fans entirely.

    Or it's a failing motor/bearing and the fan needs to be replaced ASAP. That would also cause this.
     
  6. Supercharged_Z06

    Supercharged_Z06 2[H]4U

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    Your system begging you to watercool it? :D
     
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  7. Captindecisive

    Captindecisive Limp Gawd

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    Depending on the cooler, it could have a 0rpm function at low temps. I had an Arctic cooler on an FM2+ APU some time ago that would stay at fan off until temps got to about 42c, then it would start spinning. A BIOS fan profile change could make it spin up, but it worked well how it was setup.

    As was stated though, it could be settings, a bad wire, or just a bad fan if you're not used to it shutting off completely.
     
  8. ng4ever

    ng4ever Flaccid 4Evar

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    Thanks everyone

    Here is the strangest part only happens when I restart PC not when I shutdown then boot back up. Is that possible? What could it be then? Thanks
     
  9. Azrak

    Azrak Gawd

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    MB fan controllers usually use temperature monitoring to set fan speed.
    If the PC has been powered off for a while, then the CPU is cold (room temp) and fan controller will want to run fan at minimum RPM setting.

    Some fan controllers are not smart enough to send a brief higher-power/PWM signal to the fan to start it up and then slow it down to the desired speed after a short delay.
    Or, the fan being used wants to see a higher voltage (or PWM signal) in order to start up than the fan controller is sending to it under cold conditions and the fan is refusing to start spinning.

    Try setting BIOS fan minimum speed to a higher value and re-test. Repeat until fan starts spinning every time.
    Or, find a different fan that can work with that fan controller.
     
  10. drescherjm

    drescherjm [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Maybe the PWM is not giving the fan enough duty cycle to spin.