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Hemmet
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Registered: ‎05-06-2011
Location: Finland
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Re: X220 - fan constantly on / revving up and down

I have a problem with fan noise and it's driving me mad. My fan is getting faster for a moment every few seconds in pulses. There's a sound clip here which illustrates the problem accurately although it's from an older model: http://lophiomys.gmxhome.de/TP_R50_18297RG_Periodic_FAN_Noise.mp3

 

Is this the same problem others are having?

 

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thecrafter
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Registered: ‎04-05-2011
Location: USA
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Re: X220 - fan constantly on / revving up and down

Yes that is the problem I am and a few others are expriencing. I have a feeling it happens on all X220s but others don't pay enough attention to it to notice.

 

Go to power manager and switch the fan to "dyanmically reduce fan noise". It will really help until a proper fix comes along

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Hemmet
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Re: X220 - fan constantly on / revving up and down

I'm using tpfancontrol software to keep the fan at low speed, but the laptop is getting increasingly warmer because of that. Just letting you know that I have a X220i with BIOS 1.06, so the problem has actually appeared before 1.11.

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vinuneuro
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Registered: ‎08-25-2010
Location: Chicago
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Re: X220 - fan constantly on / revving up and down

I get the revving up/down if I use Dynamically Reduce Fan Noise. It turns the fan off, then when it gets to around 45C it turns on, then off again when it cools down, etc. Varies speed between 0, 2000 and 3500rpm almost constantly.

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SR45
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Registered: ‎03-19-2011
Location: United States
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Re: X220 - fan constantly on / revving up and down

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Bios 1.11 for me and absolutely no issues with the fan speed or noise. I have to put my ear up to the fan location to even hear it.

 

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amluto
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Registered: ‎05-07-2011
Location: Somerville, MA
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Re: X220 - fan constantly on / revving up and down

I'll add a "me too."

 

I have BIOS 8DET41WW (1.11 ) with the Core i7 and an SSD (aftermarket Intel G2 SSD).  Even at idle, the fan will stay on at a fairly noisy level (3000 RPM or so, IIRC).

 

I see this on Linux and Windows.

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wngud
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Re: X220 - fan constantly on / revving up and down

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Mod - Thanks.  I was wondering why my post was not appearing.:smileytongue:

 

I was trying to say that I'm having the same issue with the fan and want to see if there is a way to roll back to the bios to 1.04.

 

I've been monitoring the temp with Core Temp and for normal web surfing, it never reaches 50 C.   Compared to other thinkpads I have, X220 does reach higher temperature and the fan noise level is a lot higher as well....  Never had any thinkpad that is noiser than X220....

 

 

 

 

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reg1
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Re: X220 - fan constantly on / revving up and down

excuse, where do i find this switch on my X220
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SR45
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Registered: ‎03-19-2011
Location: United States
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Re: X220 - fan constantly on / revving up and down

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Switch ??

You mean the control to change fan settings ?

Click on Power Manager in system tray if you have it > Click on Advanced in upper right corner just below red close X button > Click the down arrow and select System Settings > Now you should see three settings. Last one is Optimize fan Control.

 

If you do not have the Power Manager Icon in the system tray than you can click on START > Lenovo ThinkVantage Tool and you should find the Power Manager in there

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