Happy Friday! It's always wonderful to hear back from a member when I present their questions to the community. This week, Betsy, the original author of this week's Q&A about her fan kicking into high gear every few minutes, e-mailed me to thank you all for your suggestions and advice--give her note a read here. The part of her e-mail that I love most is "There are more helpful and caring people who read CNET than I would have ever imagined." This is all you folks, who are so willing to jump in and help another individual out in need, this shows a lot about your individual characters and I really appreciate all of you! And that's not all, Betsy, who goes under the CNET user name morninglory, is in this current discussion. She is actively reading your advice and replied to a few answers. Here's one of her posts. Betsy, I hope you continue to read on because it's always good to get your feedback so that our members can nail down a solution for you.
In the Q&A section, I have selected a few member solutions to get you all started to help identify some of the possibility of why a fan would kick into high gear intermittently. As with this type of issue, diagnosing the culprit is no walk in the park because the problem source can vary. The best advice I can give is to try the members' solutions--at least those you can easily do yourself--and if those don't work, seek help from friends or family or take it to a pro. There are a lot of great solutions, so please read through this week's discussion thoroughly to find out what could be going on in your machine. Thanks to all who contributed and have a great weekend!
My computer fan is kicking on high every few minutes, help!
I am at my wit's end. I'm going to try and be concise and to
the point. My HP Pavilion desktop (Windows XP SP3 Media
Center edition) got a nasty virus, and the local shop wiped
the hard drive and reinstalled it for $90 flat fee. It will
never be as it was before the virus, but I expected that. The
real problem is the computer's fan; it kicks on high every
few minutes and then goes back to normal speed. There is no
dust or dirt inside the case and the fans are clean. I took
it to another tech who reset the CMOS and didn't charge me
anything. The fan never kicked up on high when it was in his
shop, but when I got home it started up again. It's like when
you call the TV repairman and it works perfectly while he's
at your house. I have run all my scans, virus, spyware,
malware, etc. Everything is clean. I don't use my
computer for any work, just e-mail, news, a few online games
and general stuff (no Facebook, Twitter, adult sites). I just
hope it's not the processor and I've never had this symptom
before. Thanks for any help at all.
-- Submitted by:
Betsy in North Carolina
Featured member solutions for last week's question:
Help me move my files and contacts from Windows XP to my new Windows 7 machine My son gave me a gorgeous new HP laptop for Christmas. My daughter gave me the coordinating printer-scanner-copier-fax combo. My youngest son gave me the wireless router and set it up for me. Now my problems begin. My old desktop computer (about 5 years old) ran on Windows XP and I was very comfortable with it. I loved Outlook Express, my new computer says "Goodbye to O.E." Hello to Windows Live Messenger. I don't know how to import all my e-mail addresses and the rest of the information in my address book. Do you have any ideas? Also, I can't seem to get Live Messenger going, so I'm going to my provider's Web-based e-mail. It's very hard on me. Of course, I also don't know how to import my huge recipe file documents and more importantly my Picture files. It's making me crazy going back and forth between computers. I would really like to dismantle the old computer and just work from the new one. Any and all tips would be much appreciated.
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