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Yoga 13 - Fan Noise

Question

The fans in my Yoga 13 are loud and they spin all the time.  Is there anything I can do to change this?

Answer

Yes, with a caveat.

Lenovo has made available a special version of Yoga's Embedded Controller (EC) which contains an alternate thermal table for users who feel the fans are too loud.  This alternate thermal table will delay the initial spin up of the fans, and will spin the fans up to a lower initial RPM than the default EC.

 

Caveat: While the fans will run less and at a lower RPM with this special EC, this means the system's operational temperature, and therefore surface temperatures, will be somewhat higher.

 

Below are links to download the special version EC with the alternate thermal table, and to download the default EC with the manufacturing default thermal table, so users may try the special EC, then revert back to the default if desired.

 

To appy either EC, you will need a USB key (flash drive) that can boot to DOS.  The download files contain step by step instructions for applying the EC.

 

For advanced users: You will need to switch Boot Mode to Legacy to boot DOS, run EC.BAT, then switch back to UEFI after you have flashed the EC.

 

Links:


Special version download

 

Default version download

 

NOTE: If you have updated to the special version and experience issues with Intel Rapid Storage Technology, please update BIOS to version 55 or later.   BIOS 55 may not also include the update to the EC which controls the fan, so updating to this BIOS without first updating from the first link above is unlikely to change fan operation.

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andyP On 2013-03-21, 20:40 PM
NHertz On 2013-03-26, 12:16 PM

Thanx bloo

Update works like a breeze. The fans now turn quiet when the computer isn't doing any work. So far, no problems with the yoga heating up (working with it on my lap). Actually, maybe on the contrary: it seems to me that the hot air venting out from the PC, with the fans running high was a bigger problem.

knutsi On 2013-06-15, 6:57 AM

This update does not really do what I hoped.  My hope really was that the fan was stuck in "on" by mistake, and that this would cause it to spin down most of the time.  This is not the case.  At normal load, the fan runs just like before.  This update does not change a thing other than slightly delayed start to the problem. 

 

In essence, the fan noise is still too loud for a study hall, library or a meeting in a quiet room, even after applying this update ):  Unless there is a more radical update in the near future, I must return my Yoga 13 due to this issue ):  Makes me sad, since its such a great machine in every other respect.

Avriri On 2013-08-31, 21:13 PM

A question about the note: I understand that if I have already updated the BIOS to 55, without first operating the EC change, there is nothing I can do about the fan noise?

bradmanrocks On 2013-12-02, 1:07 AM

Note book fan control.  It allows you full control over the fans.  You can create a thermal template or just turn the fans on when you think it needs it.  Just be careful not to roast the CPU

ocpc On 2014-01-11, 21:14 PM

Hi folks. It's january 2014. I just bought a yoga idea pad 13, realised the fan noise and went throught the forum. The mashine was allready equipped with a 66cn55ww Bios but i updated to the above mentioned ec version 66ec42ww. fan is still loud. So I kept pn searching for other articels. An i found a hint that there are power managers available with fan control. My one does not have this (may be it's a problem for the German version i am uisng?). So: Where do i get a power manager with fan control. I would also us an english one. Thnx in advance.

 

 

assybish On 2014-04-04, 10:46 AM
The best way to control lenovo yoga 13 fans is with notebook control there is even a config file for the yoga which works pretty good. Suggest you install coretemp to monitor temps until you are sure that the fan controller on auto is ok for your demands. Notebook fan control is here: http://www.computerbase.de/forum/showthread.php?t=1070494 Use google translate if you don't get autotranslate. There is a user manual p.d.f. which you can also download in English. Works great for me - fan hardly ever on or run at less than 20% which is silent but core temps in the range 50-60 C which good and as good as when the fans ran flat out all the time. ope this helps. :)
Bugbatter On 2014-04-17, 18:05 PM
JagGill On 2014-09-15, 18:14 PM

Dont use this, read this, there is a design flaw: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Idea-Windows-based-Tablets-and/SOLVED-Lenovo-Yoga-13-Overheating/td-p/1718093

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