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Windows 7: I cannot find a right scheme to fit my needs


25 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hello,

My specs tells that I have Toshiba laptop. It's not 4 core gaming "canon", but it's quite powerful (enough to play all games on reasonable details). And as such, it heats a lot. I have constantly running app to check these temperatures, but even when using all graphic memory/cpu, temperatures doesn't go over 60 degrees of celsius, usually 50-60 (one core is 5 degrees colder, graphic card stays at 50-55).

But the problem is that I cannot find a right scheme to fit my needs. I created some, carefully choosing attributes, but how to make one that would

1)use all graphic/cpu/memory potential if needed
and
2)use fan only when temperature goes over certain threshold, like 70. I think that 100 is maximum, but I don't want to get close to it. 80 is very lot I suppose.



But this fan noise is simply too annoying. It's good that notebook is cool, but I would like to have more freedom over how to control it. When I'm at school and have a lot of applications running, it sometimes goes wild and it's really embarrassing to have so noisy fan in quiet classroom. In such cases, I would like to have an option to have both

power
and quiet notebook.

Yes, it would overheat a little bit, but nothing fatal.


I hope there is a way. Somehow.


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25 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Use a cooling pad or elevate the rear about an inch to get air underneath at all times. Never have the intake or exhaust blocked by a bed, sofa or lap top.

Google how to clean out the dust in your laptop and follow the videos for doing so. Check the heatsink and repaste if necessary, or hire someone to do it for you. The thermal paste dissipates processor heat but can erode.

If this doesn't help, buy a cooling pad and ground your laptop there.
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25 Mar 2011   #3

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Dear Gregrocker,
That was a top point; If i were you(which i can't as you're way too above me), i would urge the @OP to buy the Cooling pad ASAP! Why i said "top point" is because any cooling pad with fans positioned at the under surface will have the rear
side elevated. Since any good quality cooling pad will have noice-free fans, it may take out a bit more power from the battery, but on the whole is an excellent suggestion!

regards,
Sreedhav
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26 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Well, thanks for posts. Cooling pad is probably the best solution, but also the one that's quite tough for me. You know, buying it isn't difficult, but using it easily for me is too much right now. Maybe I'll be forced to do so though.

The funny thing is that when I'm with my girl, she cannot sit on by my left side because of all the heat that is coming out of fan hole:


But the good thing is that bottom side of this laptop is very cool.




I remember having Asus EEE 904 HD (1Ghz Atom, 1GB RAM, integrated graphic card) and this little beast was overheating very much. Internal heat sensor was detecting sometimes even 70-80C, with fan running on max.
Well, I should be glad for nice cooling design & system of this one.
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26 Mar 2011   #5

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But guys, no dust to be found here. This laptop is 2 weeks old :-| I know it's probably one of the things I shouldn't be asking (if I want to be responsible owner of laptops), but having average power would be sufficient in such cases where I CANNOT (sorry for caps) afford to be noisy, like when my girl is sleeping next to me, like when I'm in quiet classroom, or where this fan is so loud that I cannot even hear words in music I'm listening (out of reproductors).

You know, prevent the fan from spinning AND/OR from spinning over % threshold I will set to it. Automatically, or manually control it. How and when (and if ever) will fan start, set some critical temperatures, like 60-70C when it will start and run until it reaches 50-60 and then it will quit. These things.

Because there are really times where I desire ... not just desire, I need notebook to be quiet even if it means that it will heat a little bit more. I don't mind temporary heating in such cases.
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26 Mar 2011   #6

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

Fan noise is often due to poor bearing lubrication, or imbalance of rotor due to a foreign body (e.g a fiber), or dust caking on impeller blades or within the impeller casing.

The best solution is replacement of fan unit with the manufacturer's recommended part.

The next best, and often temporary, option is to follow the manufacturer's guides to dismantle the laptop, remove the fan and open the housing to remove (using a soft brush and compressed air, not vacuum cleaner) any fluff hair dust and lint that has accumulated there, and to lubricate the bearing - which is likely to be a sintered phosphor bronze sleeve. This is a porous metal bearing that retains a small amount of light machine oil to lubricate the shaft of the spinning fan.

Depending on construction, it may be possible to remove the rotor shaft or a rubber plug that covers the bearing lubrication point, and apply a tiny drop of light machine oil (sewing machine oil is good, or even 3-in-1, but avoid WD-40 type lubricants) either to the shaft or the lubrication access hole.

After reassembly the difference will often be amazing - for a while - but noise will creep back if the bearing or shaft has become worn.

Here's a guide.

Quote:
The funny thing is that when I'm with my girl, she cannot sit on by my left side because of all the heat that is coming out of fan hole
-are you allowed to say that on here?
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26 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

^ As long as she doesn't know about it, it's fine. And even if she will know this, then we'll just laugh over it. On a side note, she's one year user (and quite defending of) user of Xubuntu, so this place is like hell for angels (or something like that).

fafhrd, sorry for confusing you (I'm not native speaker), by noise, I meant just that it's loud because of fan, not that there are some unnatural sounds, those that would indicate fan not working properly. Oh this fan is working properly, only too loud => spinning too fast. This is gaming notebook (more or less) and I plan to use it for gaming. So besides replacing parts, cleaning and buying cooling device (I suspect that future will bring these needs),

is there some kind of application that can control fan speed ? Can it be set up in Windows 7 directly ? Can I just shut down fan at will ? But this notebook, common guys, it's brand new, few weeks old. Maybe it was lying in some kind of warehouse for few months, but sealed and in a crate (or where shops store their ware).

Right now, when typing this message, Task manager tells me that CPU usage is 6% and Memory usage is 49%. My apps takes this, most of memory is taken by Opera (and a lot of windows in it, too many things I want to read and Bookmark section is already overcrowded). So right now, temp of cores is 35 and 42, temp of 5650 is 45. These are average running speeds I suppose. I don't hear a thing from this fan now, but every once a while, it spins up to I suppose 33-50% speed and stays there for few seconds. Probably when temps rises over threshold. Which threshold ? I don't know, it's nowhere to be found where to set it :- I

I like setting things, because I know that if I do something wrong, it's my responsibility and I have to deal with consequenes.

Hope I've cleared myself. Keep thoughts running guys, we can make nice think tank, heh.
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26 Mar 2011   #8

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MartyMcFly42 View Post
Well, thanks for posts. Cooling pad is probably the best solution, but also the one that's quite tough for me. You know, buying it isn't difficult, but using it easily for me is too much right now. Maybe I'll be forced to do so though.

The funny thing is that when I'm with my girl, she cannot sit on by my left side because of all the heat that is coming out of fan hole:


But the good thing is that bottom side of this laptop is very cool.




I remember having Asus EEE 904 HD (1Ghz Atom, 1GB RAM, integrated graphic card) and this little beast was overheating very much. Internal heat sensor was detecting sometimes even 70-80C, with fan running on max.
Well, I should be glad for nice cooling design & system of this one.
Your's is a Toshiba Laptop and resembles the one i have quite closely! You mentioned that your girl friend can feel the hot air coming from the exhaust vent from the side.It's ideal for you (like me) to use a cooling pad with the fans at the underside to blow in the cool air and accelerate the hot air exhaust! I am not a whizkid at managing hardware and if i can use a cooling pad, so can you!!

All you have to do is sit the lappy on the cooling pad and connect a USB cable coming out of it into a USB port of the lappy! I am posting a snapshot of a belkin cooling pad which costs roughly 20$ USA.

As far as your query regarding any software to control the built-in fan, there is SpeedFan! You have to be careful while using this. link : |MG| SpeedFan 4.43 Download

Regards,
Sreedhav


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27 Mar 2011   #9

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

I don't know your laptop model, MartyMcFly42, but if you can hear the fan on a 2-week-old machine, and it is not whisper-quiet, then there is almost certainly a fault with the fan - perhaps a plastic lug on the impeller that was not removed at manufacture, causing some air noise as it rotates.

If you are near a Toshiba repair centre, I'd get it checked out for a warranty repair, in case it causes problems later. Otherwise at a local shop, or where you bought it.

As far as the heat venting is concerned - that is what it should be doing - keeping CPU and GPU cool at the expense of the environment - and a laptop cooler is an option. My 2-month-old Packard Bell netbook is like a furnace on my left knee, where the heat is pumped out.

In the UK there is a store called "Poundland" where everything costs 1.00 (1GBP), where I bought a simple, usb-powered, illuminated Laptop Cooler with a single fan, which works fine (and quietly) as a supplementary cooler. These things don't sit well on laps though.

Speedfan is a good program, but with powerful overclocking features that need to be used wisely.
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27 Mar 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

If you place a laptop on your Lap top without an intermediary flat surface, it will often clog a critical underside air vent and cause it to overheat. This is true of any irregular surface other than a flat smooth table-like surface, without a table cloth or stack of papers, for example.

Laptops which run hot may need more than the tiny clearance space normally underneath. Just propping up the rear with a wooden block or pencil (if that's all you have) may be enough.
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