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Windows 7: System FAN error - but the fan is working, what to do?

03 Jul 2017   #1
dictum9

Windows 7 64 bit.
 
 
System FAN error - but the fan is working, what to do?

I have a Sun Ultra 40 M2 running Win7 Pro 64-bit and just today it failed to boot with this error message.
I checked the obvious and all the fans are working, the main fan module with 3 fans in it and as well as the RAM fans. They are all spinning.

Any idea how to troubleshoot this? The machine displays this message then shuts down. Hitting Escape does not prevent shutdown. I have not made any configuration changes except for installing a couple of temperature apps like ControlFan but that's on the Windows 7 operating system level, this is some BIOS thing, it does not even boot up.









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04 Jul 2017   #2
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

The message that would concern me most is the EEPROM Checksum Failed error. That is your Motherboard BIOS chip. It says your bios is reading either 00 or FF, which I would interpret as it is missing or reading an error.

Under normal circumstances you could go into BIOS and set your fan monitors to ignore.
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04 Jul 2017   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

I have a friend that couldn't boot a HP desktop as the CPU fan was not recognized as running and it was. It was a problem on MB fan sensor. I just disabled fan monitoring on BIOS. It is working without CPU fan fail protection for years now. Not an ideal solution but the other was to replace the MB of an old computer.

In your case it seems that your BIOS is corrupted. Try to reset the BIOS (take note of its configuration).
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04 Jul 2017   #4
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

The process of setting the fan monitor to ignore is common. I have to do it when I watercool. It can't read the water pump RPMs. Some AIO coolers are the same. But, the BIOS seems to be his problem and from my reading it looks like he needs to re-flash the bios. If it is corrupted, setting defaults won't help.
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04 Jul 2017   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I like Steve water cool and in the bios (Asus motherboard) you can select to ignore (F-1) in the bios.
I have no knowledge of your motherboard so that is the only advice I can give.

I monitor my temps.

Jack
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05 Jul 2017   #6
dictum9

Windows 7 64 bit.
 
 

I reset the BIOS by removing the battery for 15 minutes. That did the trick. It boots up just fine now.

I installed several temperature polling apps and they screwed up the BIOS royally, at least one of them did.

I will never install these temperature apps ever again. It was a scary moment for sure. I thought I bricked something in the BIOS/motherboard. This is an old AMD motherboard, Oracle bought Sun and course they no longer support BIOS upgrades. And when they did, it was a moot point as you had to have a support contract in place. Not cost-effective for this 10 year old piece of junk.

Mental note: Don't install random stuff off the internet.
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06 Jul 2017   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Glad you got things fixed.
Good mental Note.

Many of todays programs are not designed to work with such a old system.

Happy computing

Jack
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06 Jul 2017   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Open hardware monitor is a free application that doesn't need to be installed. Downloads - Open Hardware Monitor
Extract files to folder C:\Program Files (x86)\HardwareMonitor, execute the OpenHardwareMonitor.exe
It only reads the sensors. It has an option to start with windows.
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