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mcharfi
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Loud Fan Noise (Inspiron 15 5548)

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For some reason, my computer frequently produces a loud fan noise when I am using it. For the majority of the time, it is silent. However, there are often times when I don't even have many webpages open but it grows louder. There are two levels of loud (the second level is so loud that it can draw attention from people sitting next to me).

This is only a 2 month old laptop, so I am unsure why it gets loud. Also, I have 12gb RAM, which adds to my confusion.

Any suggestions or reasoning? Thanks!

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RE: Loud Fan Noise (Inspiron 15 5548)

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Hi mcharfi,

Welcome to the Dell Community Forum.

I understand the situation. May I know if you experience the system overheating? Please clean the air vents & check if it helps. Also update BIOS & check. Click on the link below, enter the system service tag and click Submit. Select the Operating system from the drop down list to get drivers for your system model:

http://dell.to/14Xsnmd

Let me know if this helps.

Thanks and Regards,
DELL-Sujatha K
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vagkar
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RE: Loud Fan Noise (Inspiron 15 5548)

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Hi,

I'm also facing the same problem. The laptop is two weeks old. I've already updated to bios A03 and have the latest drivers for all the devices, but it doesn't seem to help.

I'm not sure though if the fan that is working all the time is the one of the CPU or GPU.

Another weird thing is that both Windows 8 and Ubuntu state my GPU temperature to 511 Celsius, which is of course wrong.

Can you please (DELL) provide a solution? 

AND PLEASE DELL, STOP IGNORING THIS THREAD ===> http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/network-internet-wireless/f/3324/t/19589278

Both of these problems seem to affect the majority of your customers

huszak
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RE: Loud Fan Noise (Inspiron 15 5548)

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same Problem here, My laptop( Inspiron 15 5548) is 3 Weeks Old and having multiple issues. 

First, the Wireless card was replaced with new one as it had limited connectivity issues and now Fan is acting crazy and keeps running all the time making loud noise which is very annoying. 

It looks like Dell doesn't test the products before delivering to the customers, if it does then the standard of testing is not up to the mark and if testing is Good then the products are not up to the mark. In any of the case its the customer who at the other side taking a Beat.

But to be honest the service provided by Dell is good, they will replace the parts or get the things repaired but these things can be avoided if the product is tested rigorously before handing to the customer. Dell seriously needs to Improve  the standard of product testing .

vagkar
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RE: Loud Fan Noise (Inspiron 15 5548)

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Hello huszak,

Now, that they've replaced your wifi card, is it working as expected? Any problems? Do they again installed the same ac 3160 card model?

EDIT: Regarding fans, I've observed that when the fans are running at maximum speed without any reason (temps below 45 Celsius), if I plug in the power, then the fans are stopping. Is it also happening to you guys?

thnx

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huszak
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RE: Loud Fan Noise (Inspiron 15 5548)

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My laptop wireless card is Dual band Ac-7260, it works fine now after replacement.

I made changes on my router as well before started using it, since my router is also dual band . I created two different SSID ,one for 2.5 and one for 5.0 G band.  Because i came across the reason behind the Limited connection issue, its caused due to Ip conflict, few routers provide different IPs for 2.5 and 5.0 G band. So not sure whether the new replacement worked or the changes on the router. I was advised by Dell support analyst to get it replaced after he did troubleshooting on laptop for more than 4 hours remotely.

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Garg Gaurav
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RE: Loud Fan Noise (Inspiron 15 5548)

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Sir, My laptop is experiencing the same problem of loud noise. I had updated the BIOS A03 version at this moment, plz help me sir!!

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Snake575
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RE: Loud Fan Noise (Inspiron 15 5548)

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I Have the exact same problem with my Inspiron 5548, it seems the fan spins based on CPU usage instead of temperature which is VERY ANNOYING.

Please fix this!

RE: Loud Fan Noise (Inspiron 15 5548)

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Guys, Even I have the same problem. DELL replaced the Fan and Heat sink, still no use. The fan sound is so loud that in a closed meeting room, all look at me.

I also face heat near the palm rest on the right side. Harddisk issue is what I am told. Anyone else having the same problem.?

vagkar
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RE: Loud Fan Noise (Inspiron 15 5548)

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Hi Pioneer.Grace,

The heat on the right is definitely caused by the hard-disk, as it is where is located. I guess this hdd is not the best choice, but is a common option for many laptops of other brands too. But this is ok as it can be easily replaced by an ssd.

Can someone try to plug in the power cord at the time the fan is going crazy? When I m doing this the fan lowers it's speed to a normal one as the cpu is not that hot. I've tried that both on Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04.2 and has the same effect which makes me think that this is probably a BIOS issue.

thnx

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