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CPU Fan error

Hesham_3del
Level 7
Hey all,

So, everything was just fine with my prebuilt PC until I got that CPU Fan error thing.

At first, I used to bypass it by restarting the PC several times until this screen goes away and login normally.

I made a complete hardware cleaning to remove dust and such as this maybe the reason behind this error, but still the problem is there.

My BIOS is updated and I did a "clear CMOS" by removing the battery for 5 mins. and putting it again but nothing happened, problem is still there.

Using AIDA64 I looked into the V12 of my PSU, it's good, 11.9xx.

Also, two times since yesterday, the PC was shutting down immediately after powering up.

My PC specs is as follows,

CPU : AMD FX-9590
Motherboard : Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
Cooling Unit : Cooler Master Hyper 212X
GPU : AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB
Memory : 32GB, 4x Kingston HyperX 8GB

Thanks in advance.
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OutSider420
Level 9
Set it to ignore in the bios*

OutSider420 wrote:
Set it to ignore in the bios*



Pardon me, but this is not a solution.

Thanks for your reply.

Here are some updates which may help in my case

- The PC barely started working today, always shutdown before that error appears or while booting up/entering the BIOS.

- When the PC booted into Windows once today, the fans were super quiet although they were adjusted to "Standard" and not "Silent", the silence was up-normal and here are some reading from the BIOS,

https://ibb.co/PcSZ9GS

- I've noticed that when I adjust the CPU and Chassis fans to "Turbo" the temperature increases till the PC freezes.

- Was converting some videos for the family, the PC freezes when it reach 65C - 70C although it's set in the BIOS to protect from overheat at 90C- 100C.

- The PC is running smoothly now by putting a large fan in front of the open chassis and setting the fans speed to "Silent".

davemon50
Level 11
The 4-pin connector must be plugged into the CPU Fan connector on the motherboard to avoid the error. Did you? In your whole writeup over 2 posts I could not find that. CPU fan speed listed in your BIOS as N/A indicates to me that you did not. Then the result would be as expected.

The fact that things are getting worse and you are getting high temps and freezes means to me: assuming you have your power connected properly and also the fans are operating at suitable speeds, then you either have a damaged heat pipe or radiator, or you have applied your paste incorrectly. Conduction is conduction, you are either getting it or not based on one or more of the things I just mentioned. If it's electronics then ensure you plugged into the correct location and the fans are being controlled properly.
Davemon50

davemon50 wrote:
The 4-pin connector must be plugged into the CPU Fan connector on the motherboard to avoid the error. Did you? In your whole writeup over 2 posts I could not find that. CPU fan speed listed in your BIOS as N/A indicates to me that you did not. Then the result would be as expected.

The fact that things are getting worse and you are getting high temps and freezes means to me: assuming you have your power connected properly and also the fans are operating at suitable speeds, then you either have a damaged heat pipe or radiator, or you have applied your paste incorrectly. Conduction is conduction, you are either getting it or not based on one or more of the things I just mentioned. If it's electronics then ensure you plugged into the correct location and the fans are being controlled properly.



Thanks for your reply davemon50,

Pardon me if it's not mentioned, but yes, the cpu fan cable is plugged into the appropriate header on the motherboard.

I got a reading only once, yesterday I think, for the cpu fan in the BIOS.

Let's assume the thermal paste is degraded due to the factor of time, how would this get us the cpu fan error ?

What about PSU and/or the motherboard, any chance of damage being done ?

davemon50
Level 11
Perhaps your cooler fan's wire connection has been compromised. The wire is thin and can go bad if mishandled. Such a wire issue could cause erratic readings of yes plugged in / no not plugged in. Just a theory.

If the CPU_FAN header on the motherboard is bad, then you can test it by plugging your CPU cooler fan into another motherboard header (keep the fan speed high or constant), and plugging a case fan into the CPU Fan header. If the error happens as much as we are led to believe here through the thread and the CPU_FAN header is actually bad, then I would suspect you would soon see that case fan lose power on several occasions. This would be a lot easier and cheaper than RMA'ing the board with only a suspicion of a bad header.

The thermal paste thought is only because you gave an impression of the CPU getting hotter and hotter. What you said was the temperature increases until the PC freezes. That's what happens with loss of temperature control but the paste can cause that if misapplied.

The damage I would be worried about is the CPU overheating. That will likely be the first thing to go.

What I would try at this point is to remove the cooler, inspect it (including heat pipes and fins and contact plate, wires and blades, clean out the CPU_FAN contact on the MoBo header and in the cooler plug, then reseat it. If no success, try the thing I mentioned above with a case fan.
Davemon50

Hesham_3del
Level 7
Thanks for your reply davemon50

Here is a small update but I think it will put the last nail in my issue's coffin,

I've stopped using the desk table fan and set the fan speed/mode into "Silent", the PC restarted and on the 2nd windows login, I've got an warning that the CPU temp. is 65C so I raised the fan speed to "Standard"

No load were done during that temperature rise, just web-browsing.

Also, mainly on the restarts, I don't see that CPU Fan error and sometimes also on the first boot-up.

jackadision
Level 7
Getting the CPU fan error is a warning sign that points out the malfunction of the CPU fan error or other unexpected errors.
So, in this case you need to try different solutions like
• Change the CPU fan settings in the BIOS
• Lower the default Fan RPM
• Clean the CPU fans manually.
• Or disable the fan speed in the BIOS.
This may works in your case but if not then change the CPU fan.