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Fan noise on Inspiron, XPS, Vostro, Mobile Precision, and Latitude Laptops

Summary: The following article provides information about using the Dell Power Manager (DPM) and MyDell utilities to reduce fan noise on Dell Laptops.

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Inspiron, XPS, Vostro, Mobile Precision, and Latitude laptop owners may find that under normal usage, the fan noise sometimes seems high.


This is due to thermal control limitations.


See the step-by-step instructions on how to improve the fan noise.

Commercial Laptops such as Latitude and Mobile Precision Workstations

Dell Power Manager Service (DPM) 3.0 may be able to reduce the fan noise. Perform the following steps to install it:

  1. Open the Settings page from the start menu. Click Apps.

  2. Check in Apps & features to see if your laptop came with Dell Power Manager Service preinstalled. (See figure 1.)

    Apps and Features

    (Figure 1: Apps & features)

    If your laptop has Dell Power Manager Service preinstalled, go to step 5. If not, go to step 3.

  3. Go to Dell Drivers & Downloads to download the DPM 3.0 service application.

    1. Input your Service Tag or System Model to search for the correct download page for your laptop.

    Note: The following article guides you through identifying your laptop How to find the product model of your Dell Computer.
    1. On the Drivers & Downloads page, select the Systems Management category to locate the application.

    2. Download Dell Power Manager Service.

  4. Install the DPM Service application by following the on-screen installation wizard.
    Note: The installation wizard prompts you to install the Dell Power Manager application. Click the OK button to continue to install the DPM Service. (See figure 2.)

    Dell Power Manager Message

    (Figure 2: Dell Power Manager message)

  5. After the DPM Service is installed, open the Windows Store and search for Dell Power Manager. Click the Get button to install. (See figure 3.)

    Dell Power Manager Store Page

    (Figure 3: Dell Power Manager Store Page)

  6. Launch Dell Power Manager. Click Thermal Management in the left pane.

  7. Four thermal settings are shown. The default setting is Optimized, which balances performance, noise, and temperature. The Quiet setting reduces the cooling fan and processor speeds are to reduce fan noise. However, this configuration may reduce performance and raise the laptop's surface temperature. (See figure 4.)

    Dell Power Manager Application

    (Figure 4: Dell Power Manager application)

Consumer Laptops such as XPS, Inspiron and Vostro

The MyDell application may be able to reduce the fan noise. Perform the following steps to install it:

  1. Install MyDell from the Microsoft Store.

  2. Open MyDell. (See figure 5.)

    MyDell Welcome Screen

    (Figure 5: MyDell)

  3. Click Power. (See figure 6.)

    MyDell Power Manager

    (Figure 6: MyDell Power Manager)

  4. Go to Settings. (See figure 7.)

    MyDell Power Manager Setting Page

    (Figure 7: Power Manager settings)

  5. Click Thermal and select Quiet. (This may reduce performance and increase the laptop's surface temperature. See Figure 8.)

    MyDell Power Manager Thermal Mode Page

    (Figure 8: Power Manager Thermal Mode)

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Last Published Date

21 Nov 2023



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