Adventures In Computing

June 26, 2008

Solving Fan Noise on eeePC

Filed under: Asus, EeePC, GNU/Linux, Linux, Ubuntu — Normand Bissonnette @ 10:31 pm

In April when I purchased my eeePC I noticed that I was very quiet, whisper quiet would probably be a better way to describe it.  After I had installed Mandriva on it, the eeePC became “Homer Simpson whisper quiet”!  For those of you that do not enjoy watching The Simpsons, when Homer Simpson whispers you can hear him miles away.  I searched the Internet and found out that this fan noise in the eeePC occurs in a lot of them.  I was not impressed, I almost returned it to the store.I learned to live with it.  I like everything about the eeePC except the loud fan noise.

eeePCI decided to update the kernel, I had put it off because I did not want to re-configure the wireless since every time we update the kernel in Ubuntu on the eeePC we lose the wi-fi.  It is very easy to configure but I felt lazy.  Back to the topic in hand, I update the kernel re-booted the eeePC no wireless.  I plug in a land line still no Internet connection.  I had read about this minor inconvenience, the solution is to turn off the eeePC, remove the battery, install the battery, boot the computer and voila Ethernet works again.

I got a surprise when I booted the eeePC, no fan noise!  Being a realist, not a pessimist, I taught to myself that the fan had burnt out.  It was working to hard and it burnt out, damn, damn, damn.  The second taught I had was maybe it is fixed and is working like before.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  So I decided to work with the eeePC a little to see if I had a problem or a solution.  After 20 minutes or so the fan kicked in and it was whisper quiet.  The good whisper quiet.  I quoted Homer J Simpson “Woo Hoo”.

I am wondering if this would solve other peoples fan noise problems.  I hope that you try it out and works for you like it did for me.  Now I can really say that I like everything about my eeePC.

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6 Comments »

  1. I have fan noise too on my new 900 model. Starts quietly, then the fan kicks in quite noisily after 15 minutes or so.

    Are you suggesting this method might work in conjunction with the kernel update, or just by the battery removal process on it’s own?

    Comment by Jock — July 7, 2008 @ 4:25 am

  2. I don’t know if it was the kernel or the removal of the battery, all I know is that I don’t have fan noise anymore. Try the battery first and if that does not work update the kernel. If that does not also remove battery again. It can’t hurt. Please let me know what happens.

    Comment by spurius — July 7, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

  3. […] eeePC and the fan noise is back again, damn, damn, damn!  Will the fix that I wrote about in this post work?  I hope so.  I am already late for work, I have to wait until the end of the day to confirm […]

    Pingback by Solving eeePC Fan Noise Confirmed « Adventures In Computing — July 16, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

  4. brand new pc900 right outta the box is screaming like a bat outta hell, and the eeectrl software isnt doing anything for it either

    Comment by Jay — July 29, 2008 @ 3:14 am

  5. No, no, no!!!

    It was not your fan that you were hearing!!
    For some reason, starting with Mandriva 2008 and onwards, the alsa sound mixer has mux and some other settings turned all the way up and it sounds like a fan running, trust me–try opening your alsa mixer and going to preferences, then checkmark all the options like mux and input, etc… turn down all the exxtraneous sliders like mux and input. The noise will stop. This is a serious issue that mandriva has overlooked and causes many people terror. I thought my fan was running on high too on my Dell laptop.

    Btw, Ubuntu-eee is a good distro custom tailored for the eee

    Comment by panther — November 23, 2008 @ 8:04 pm

  6. I have an eeePC 701 with the original Xandros and started to experience the fan noise too. I removed the battery and fan noisy dissapeared. I don’t kno for how long…Thanks anyway

    Comment by kikus — May 11, 2009 @ 5:13 pm


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