Silencing the EP121's very Noisy Fans

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  1. Edwood

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    Just got my EP121 today, and dual fans are on full blast all the time. Very loud, very annoying, like tiny hair dryers running.

    I have not seen a single option in Asus's utilities. BIOS is up to date at v401.

    The BIOS has pretty much no options whatsoever. Worst BIOS ever.

    I can't believe these fans are supposed to run like this, wasn't like that at all at CES. They're so loud they're noticable in a loud ambient noise environment.

    Complete deal killer if I can't fix these fans. I will not be keeping the EP121 with fans running full blast like that.

    -Ed
     
  2. Shogmaster

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    Just so you guys are aware, Edwood has hyper sensitive hearing!

    But having said that, it doesn't sound right that the fan is always on. No one so far has complained about that...

    Edwood has been suffering from bad luck with his electronics lately so I don't know if it suppose to run full speed all the time and no one really is bothered by it or Edwood needs to send his back.

    Anyone who has one wants to chime in and help us out? Mine is shipping tonight, so I won't have it for few days yet.
     
  3. Edwood

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    It's not just my sensitive hearing, you can clearly feel the air being blown out the top vents. At CES, I put my ear right up to the vents and couldn't really hear or feel anything at all.

    I'm browsing through the other drivers, hopefully I missed something.

    -Ed
     
  4. Shogmaster

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    So this is after a fresh install?
     
  5. Edwood

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    Haven't had time for a clean install yet. I'll try that one later.
     
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    Anyone? Anyone? Heatless? Bueller?
     
  7. heatlesssun

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    I never noticed the fans when I ran the factory install for a few hours and definately not since I've been running Ultimate x64. The fan noise is on par with my tm2 and that's by holding the both units right up to my ear. And the tm2 is NO WHERE near loud, that's pretty much a fact.
     
  8. rtp

    rtp I see you.

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    The only time my fans are at full blast is when I have my my folio on and I am in a heated office or home. In which case I remove my slate from the folio and try to keep my bottom vents clear of any obstructions.
     
  9. heatlesssun

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    So you see different fan speeds? Curious, I seem to only have one speed, they never seem to fluctuate for me.
     
  10. Edwood

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    Must be a hardware problem. When I turn it on, the fans are not on. Then after a minute they spin up full blast. Happens regardless of whether I'm in the BIOS, running Memtest86+, or just in Windows.

    Just my luck, I get a POS EP121 from the get go.
     
  11. SlateEnvy

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    I'd start by contacting ASUS tech support to see what they can do to help. There is no way (unless your hearing is good enough to hear a mouse take a sh*t) should you be hearing the fans as loud as you do.

    Maybe you can get an advanced replacement unit and just deal with the unit as is for now, get it setup the way you want it and create an image so when you get your new unit you can restore that image and be ready to go.
     
  12. Edwood

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    Heatlesssun, rtp, and pretty much anyone with an EP121. Please try this test and post your results.

    -Make sure your EP121 is completely off.
    -Plug in a USB keyboard into the EP121's USB port
    -Turn on the EP121.
    -Quickly press and hold "Delete" key until you see the BIOS Screen.
    -Let it sit there for a few minutes and listen for any changes to the fan speed/noise.

    So, listen carefully during the entire process.

    Thanks.
     
  13. CF77

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    I do not hear fan unless I place my ear next to the slots. Very Quiet.
     
  14. nheel

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    Try changing your cooling to passive from active. Go to power options-> change plan settings->change advanced settings-> processor power management -> system cooling policy

    I can't imagine the fan being that loud. I never notice mine on and I'm using it all day.
     
  15. heatlesssun

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    I followed this procedure to the letter. There may have been just a bit more noise from the fans in the BIOS but once again just a gentle whoosh. And I was in a dead silent room just to make sure. It's impossible to hear the EP121 in my office as I have a couple of powerful and fairly noisy gaming rigs in there.
     
  16. reversible

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    Ed: Just curious, is yours a 011M or a 05M?
     
  17. heatlesssun

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    Got it from Frys which lists it as the EP121-1A005M. Has anyone figured out the difference?
     
  18. Edwood

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    Yup, first thing I tried. Didn't make a difference.

    I'm going to try reinstalling to factory fresh install.
     
  19. Edwood

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    EP121-1A010M from Amazon.
     
  20. rtp

    rtp I see you.

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    Well I didn't hear any fluctuations, but apon further observation my fans are now fully blasting??? :confused: Not loud and not enough to bother me though. hmmm strange.
     
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