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Old 12-01-2009, 12:34 AM   #1
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Default Mobo swap, heatsink mod, and fan control

I've got an XPS M1210 that I've been having some issues with. (thread) I'm going to upgrade to an NR230/NR231 board, which has a 256MB dedicated graphics card rather than a 64 meg that relies on shared memory. I'm wondering if I should expect any issues with different cable routing or mounting points. I know both boards were designed specifically for the M1210, but it never hurts to ask.

Also, after finding this thread, I think I may put the mod into use on the current board, and the new board if it runs hot as well. Is there any reason I shouldn't?

And finally, like most Dells, this laptop only kicks the fan on full at rather high temperatures. This compy has little airflow and, while apparently having a decent heatsink, needs the fan for it to function. I've found a program designed for Dells that can force the fan to 100%. Will I damage anything by running the fan at full speed all the time? It does support automatic temp control but it seems like a constant 100% would be better when I run games.
edit: Also, both speedfan and this program list a second fan. I'm pretty sure this laptop only has one, but it lists two. When I force the fans to high speed, the main one holds 4000-4200RPM, and the mystery fan holds a steady 922. What are those programs seeing?

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Old 12-03-2009, 11:31 AM   #2
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Default Re: Mobo swap, heatsink mod, and fan control

im not sure about the other questions but there is no harm in leaving a fan on 100%, except to your ears. if your unlucky enough to have a poorly constructed fan then bearings my go sooner than they were going to.

is there a fan on the north bridge? i remember using speedfan myself and had the same mystery fan.
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