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Dell xps 1530 fan noise issue
Dell xps 1530 fan noise issue

 1:26 pm on Jan 30, 2009 (gmt 0)


We two friends bought new Dell Laptops, from Dell in UK, with 4 GB ram, 320 hdd, core 2 due ,2.10 ghz and blah blah. Both laptops are 100% identical even both share the same middle night blue colour.

Now there is some problem with my friends laptop. We both haven't got rid of Vista in it so far and with vista we checked the benchmark by starting the laptop at the same time. Mine loads the vista quickly with a difference of 7-10 seconds than his laptop. His laptop hangs on the first screen where it displays DELL and loading BIOS etc.

Secondly and the most important issue is that my laptop works quietly. And my friends laptop makes a prominent noise of fan. Even when it is static or loading windows. Like it is solving some atomic bomb formula and processor needs extra cooling.

Is it normal with this laptop model or should we report it to the Dell in warranty?

Thank you!



 3:34 pm on Jan 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

A fan turning on and off is normal for a PC, a laptop especially since the get hot quickly. I'd say there could be a few outside factors that you didn't take into account when doing this "experiment in benchmarking" that would have the fan coming on and off. Also, was there a CD in the drive, as sometimes this can sounds like a fan. I would monitor it to see if anything out of the ordinary happens, but it is probably fine. If you are worried you can bring it back to where you bought it and have them look at it.


 3:47 pm on Jan 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

thanks for your reply. none of them had cd or usb attached with them when we checked benchmark. both have 4gb ram, 320 hdd with core 2 duo 2.10.

i installed xp on mine and it loads it within a blink of eye, though vista is so heavy not sure what Bill has put in that :)

anyway, i think we will be seeing the dealer and let them check the noticeable fan noise as compare to the my laptop.


 6:20 pm on Jan 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

My guess would be that the hard disks are different models, probably different manufacturers.



 7:12 pm on Jan 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

> Both laptops are 100% identical even both share the same middle night blue colour.

It's too bad that you did the Vista-to-XP "downgrade," as you could have taken *both* laptops to the dealer's and presented them with irrefutable evidence of a problem... The different operating systems will significantly weaken your case that "his is slow."

Your friend's machine likely has something very wrong with it, likely a memory or hard drive problem (bad boot or OS sectors), or hopefully (although this may sound strange), just a malware infection.



 8:22 pm on Jan 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

the problem is not in my laptop on which i installed xp. it is on my friends laptop and that still uses original vista. our benchmark was with vista on both.

anyway, we are going to start a support issue with dell because my friends laptop's fan makes a significant noise as compared to mine.


 8:50 pm on Jan 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have the XPS M1530 myslef and have not experienced this issue. Occasionally, minor fan noise occurs, but not the said "signifigant noise."


 11:25 pm on Jan 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

@webfoo: the fan start making sound like whhoooooffffffff, just like when you give a heavy processor task, right from the start of loading windows and it keeps this sound till the windows is loaded. when the laptop is on doing nothing still the sound remains and fan keeps running. one more thing, when i put my hand in front of fan area at the bottom of the laptop, i do not feel significant air blowing out from the bottom but for my friend we do feel a breeze coming out of the machine.

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