None of the stuff you download will fix your issue, which I think is the BIOS detects the CPU is running warm enough to kick up the fax speed. My old BIOS has the same feature, but I don't even know if it works with my activities. My BIOS also has a feature to shut the system down if the CPU gets too hot.
The fan speed switching is annoying, but sounds like it is doing it's job. Your CPU can run too hot, but unlikely to ever run too cool.
The part of the fan mechanism that contacts the CPU is the (generally aluminum) heat sink and between the two is a layer of thermal grease to increase heat transfer.
Unless your system was put together using components with gaming in mind, they are probably general purpose. There is a whole industry just for cooling gaming systems, or turning your general purpose system into a gaming system. I hear one guy spent over $4K on a tricked out system just for to play his games. That's his passion.
You can see if your BIOS supports an always run at maximum fan speed (run at max always). Sounds like your BIOS knows about at least two speeds since it makes the switch.
No more switching speeds, the fast speed will sound different, but you'll get used to it. I have done this on some laptops just because folks find the up and down speed sounds annoying and insist it is a problem that must be fixed (I'll fix it!).
You can buy a new fax with greater air moving capacity, but still may need to run it wide open to prevent switching speeds. You can look up the specs for your current fan and buy one that moves more air.
You can regrease the thermal connection to your CPU to fan with grease you can buy or will come with a new fan - this is an important part of the puzzle, and some people claim just regreasing is the ticket. I don't imagine this grease wears out, but merely taking things apart and putting them back together reaffirms the connection and heat transfer, no dust, screws are tight, etc.
The monitoring tools for speed and heat may not work "right" on every computer as you can see. It lists three possible fans, but you only have one that it knows about or can figure out based on your hardware. Flames do not necessarily mean "too hot". It means too hot as far as the program is concerned, but what does it know. I have flames too, but don't really care, since my system is not shutting down with a heat related issue.
Temp ranges for too hot, operating range, etc. vary by CPU, clock speed, etc. You can look it up.
I would just rely on the tools to see a before and after picture to know if any changes you make are effective.
I would say if your system is not shutting down because of heat, you just have an annoying problem and not a critical issue.
If your system shuts itself off after a while, cools off, runs again for a while, etc. then you probably do have a heat problem that should be investigated.
Do you have a heat problem? Your symptoms do not indicate an overheating condition.
Do you have an annoying fan problem? Sounds like it.
You can remove the annoyance problem in many different ways.
Edited by joseibarra, 17 September 2009 - 12:10 PM.