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How To Fix Annoying CPU Fan Woes

How To Fix Annoying CPU Fan Woes

It is often the case with most computer users that their CPU fan starts to trip and behave erratically. This annoyance may result from a variety of reasons. The most obvious reason is the computer maintenance that is usually overlooked by many of us like keeping a dust-free system, appropriate CPU cooling, or running disk maintenance utility randomly.

The parts of your computer system are not immune to damages. As a consequence, they suffer from periodic failures. The computer fan is designed to keep the integral parts of your computer system from overheating. In the event of CPU fan failure, the components may overheat leading to damage. If the internal drive of the system heats up, you will be at the peril of permanent data loss.

A CPU fan failure is followed by various weird things that would alert you that something with the system has gone awry. You will experience the following when the fan inside your computer case becomes faulty:

Noise

Your CPU fan serves the purpose of cooling the machine by spinning quietly in the background. The fan usually becomes noisier during a system shutdown or startup. When the fan starts emitting a rattling sound, there is a good chance that the fan is about to fail. This typically happens because of the dust that accumulates on the fan over time.

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Overheating

When the fan fails to serve the purpose of cooling computer components, these components overheat leading to a noticeable performance decline. A computer with overheated parts tends to freeze and lock up randomly. Overheating of hard drive is the most deadly sign of a fan failure. If you happen to run into this problem, then ‘Blue Screen of Death’ messages show up intermittently.

Error Messages Indicating Fan Failure

If your system has the ability to detect a failing fan, you are very likely to receive error messages specific to fan failure, such as ‘CPU 1 fan failure’ and ‘Power supply fan failure’. These errors are indicative of a malfunctioning fan. In such situations, your computer is immediately shut down to prevent any kind of damage.

Fixing a Malfunctioning Fan

There is a definite course of action you can follow to troubleshoot your malfunctioning computer fan. You should follow these actions immediately after experiencing the signs of a failure.

  • It is generally a good practice to clean the fan periodically. The underlying cause of a fan failure is often the dust that accumulates on the fan blades over time. This happens due to more stress on the fan when it pushes air through.

  • You may consider lubricating the fan with a lightweight mechanical oil. This would remove the dust and make it suitable for long-term use.

  • You can take out the fan from your computer and unscrew it to get hold of the tiny metal balls called bushings and bearings. You can clean them up, remove the old grease, and apply some lubricant to allow them function smoothly. This will reduce the effort required by the motor to spin the fan. Put the fan back in place to see if that remedies the problem.

  • If all the above workarounds fail, you need to replace the fan with a working one. If the motor is damaged, you will undoubtedly require a replacement.

Recommendations

The best part is you can prevent the problem from occurring in the first place by following a few recommendations as listed below:

  • If you have a laptop, it is advised to always connect a power cord during use.

  • If you are not running memory-intensive applications on your laptop, you can use it anywhere (even on your lap). In case you are performing games or performing video editing, it is advised to place it on a well-aerated surface.

  • If you live near an industrial area, it is wise to blow air regularly near the vents to keep dust off your computer.

CPU Fan Failure and Data Loss

It is no surprise that an instance of fan failure would lead to data loss. A malfunctioning fan would impact your system performance and overheats the hard drive. Since hard drive is the place where you keep all of your files, programs, and other data, any damage caused to the drive would render it completely inaccessible and lead to permanent data loss. In other cases, the hard drive may suffer from logical damage which can be dealt with by using a recovery software. If such a problem subsides, you can run a professional recovery tool against your hard drive to recover all important data before the drive finally becomes inaccessible.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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