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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Roseburg, Oregon
    Ubuntu 6.06

    Cooling Tip

    If you happen to have a clear fan with a blue led light, here is a helpful tip. Dust particles can build up on the intake of these fans and you will never be able to see it. I only discovered it because rising heat issues caused me to remove the side panel in order to use an exterior fan. For whatever reason I happen to hold the the panel up in the air at a certain angle to the light and saw dust build up which looked in appearance to be similar to dryer lint which is removed from a clothes dryer. A few shots of compressed air to the inside of the fan to blow the buildup away from the intake does the trick. My 120mm fan is now happy again.

    These are my after temps:
    temp1: +29.0°C (low = +127.0°C, high = +127.0°C) sensor = thermistor
    temp2: +16.0°C (low = +127.0°C, high = +127.0°C) sensor = thermal diode
    temp3: -2.0°C (low = +127.0°C, high = +127.0°C) sensor = thermistor
    cpu0_vid: +2.050 V

    Adapter: ISA adapter
    Core 0: +34.0°C (high = +78.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

    Adapter: ISA adapter
    Core 1: +34.0°C (high = +78.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

    Prior to cleaning my temps were 8-10 degrees higher across the board.
    Last edited by jpeddicord; May 14th, 2009 at 12:58 AM. Reason: out-of-place bbcode tag

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Cooling Tip

    Thanks for your tip submission; approved. Canned air works wonders on everything. I had a GameCube that would report system failures (internal system error, call customer service, blah blah) and a simple fan cleaning fixed the problem for good.

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