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Fan Control on ThinkStations

2020-05-11, 12:04 PM

Hello,

 

Is there a way to control fans on ThinkStations? I have thinkstation P330 and I might want to turn up fans for an hour. I have a device(PCIe board with two NVMes) inside that gets too hot and slows down. I think if I bump up fans speed I can cool down the interior. 

 

https://askubuntu.com/questions/1238028/how-to-control-fan-speed-on-thinkstation-by-lenovo

 

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Re:Fan Control on ThinkStations

2020-05-11, 13:24 PM

There is an option in the P330 BIOS to adjust the fan speed settings to a certain extent. To do so, boot into BIOS F1 setup -> "Power" menu tab -> "Intelligent Cooling Engine (ICE)" option. You can change the ICE performance mode option to "Better Acoustic Performance", "Better Thermal Performance", or "Full Speed". 

 

Obviously, the "Better Acoustic Performance" will adjust the fans down low, whereas "Better Thermal Performance" will adjust the fan speeds up a bit. "Full Speed" will just max out all the fan speeds in the system, which will also likely be very noisy.

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Re:Fan Control on ThinkStations

2020-05-21, 13:59 PM

Is it correct to think that Thinkstations do not allow for fan speed control from the OS being Linux or Windows and the only control we have is at boot and static speed?

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Re:Fan Control on ThinkStations

2020-05-21, 15:37 PM

That's correct.  We don't have an ability for customers to adjust the fan speeds from within the OS.  

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Re:Fan Control on ThinkStations

2021-08-04, 8:35 AM

Hello, I've a similar problem: My CPU fan go full throttle when Windows starts. My CPU temprature is below 35°C and the fan is very noisy. Even if I try to adjust it in BIOS. But when I stay in BIOS for minutes it's running slow without noise. When I boot Windows, it directly go faster. I also tried a clean installation of Windows, I did a BIOS and driver update but nothing works. Do you have any ideas?

I have a P520c Workstation.

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Re:Fan Control on ThinkStations

2021-08-04, 20:37 PM

P520c BIOS offers fan control in a different manner than the P3XX platforms do.

 

To check the fan control setting in BIOS for P520c:

1.  Go into BIOS setup (F1 during boot).

2.  Go to the Power menu.

3.  Look for "Fan Control Stepping"

 

The default value here is 1, which will be the optimized setting to provide the best acoustics.  Settings higher than 1 (all the way up to 7) will allow the fans to spin up higher/faster in an effort to increase cooling, but resulting in much higher acoustics.  

 


Check this setting and see if it's set to anything other than 1.  If it is, I suggest trying to set it to 1, then save/exit/reboot to see if the fan speeds start acting normal.  




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