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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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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