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Flashing Chassis Fan?


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#1 dexter686

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 11:07 PM

A few weeks ago, the (8mm?) side case fan, which has an LED light in it to help light up the inside of the computer started to blink, like multiple times a second. I was hoping it was the fan's light going bad, but I replaced it with a new (different) fan, and the same thing is happening.

What is the issue? It appears it must be a motherboard issue, but the motherboard seems to be powering everything else consistently and good.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! I'm running Windows XP if that helps, but the flashing starts pre-Windows, so it probably doesn't matter.

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 11:42 PM

What's the fan plugged into? Is it a motherboard fan plug? Or is it a four-pin Molex? I think I'd be wondering about the power supply. The only lighted fans I've had were so annoying that I uninstalled them immediately. There's no way to concentrate in front of the computer when it looks as if the gendarmes are coming.

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 07:33 PM

It connects to the motherboard, but a molex connector came with it that converts the motherboard plug into a molex if I want it. Do you think that would help?

I don't personally mind lighted fans, as long as it's generally one solid color...nothing rainbow-y, or transitioning, or flashing.

If needs be, is there a simple way to cut the light to the fan without just unplugging it. My computer needs the fan for heat flow, obviously.

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 11:56 PM

I would try the molex adaptor and see what happens, and yes you could just snip one of the two leads to the LED to disable it.

Let us know what happens when you change the connection.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 04:56 PM

Connected with Molex, and flashing stopped. Thanks everyone!

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 10:14 PM

Good going!




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