XPS M1730 fan speed

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XPS M1730 fan speed

  • Is there anyway to control the fan speed on the XPS M1730? I've tried RivaTuner but I don't think the fan control works on this laptop. My dual 8800M GTXs are sitting at 72 degrees just running Vista's 3D desktop yet the fans aren't even kicking in.

     

    Any help would be appreciated.

     

    Thanks

    Alienware M17x R1 - C2D T9600 - 2 x GTX280M (SLI) - 8GB DDR3 1333 - 2 x 256GB SSD (alive Big Smile)
    Dell XPS M1730 - C2D T9300 - 2 x 8800M GTX (SLI) - 4GB DDR2 677 - 2 x 256GB 7200RPM (raid 0) (dead Sad)

  • i8kfan 3.1 google and download it.

     

     

    But i am not sure if the fan feature is supported on the 1730.

    E1705 T7400 2.16Ghz / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" LG WUXGA 1920 X 1200 / 4GB 667Mhz Geil Ram w/Heatspreaders / Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM / 500GB 7200RPM My Book / Nvidia Geforce Go 7900GS 256MB / Toshiba DVD/CD+/-RW DL / Intel 4965 A/B/G/N / 355 Bluetooth 2.0+EDR / Pinnacle Pro HDTV USB Tuner / Pinnacle Ultimate HDTV USB Tuner / Sound Blaster Audigy Advanced MB / Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook / Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speakers / 2-NB-MA01 Notebook Coolers / 3D Mark06 5446 / Driver v.174.31 /

    XPS M1730 Saphire Blue X9000 @ 3.2 / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 / Matshita BD\DVD Combo / 8GB 800Mhz Geil RAM / 500GB>200GB 7200RPM / 9800M GTX SLI / AGEIA PhysX Accelerator / Intel 4965 / 355 Bluetooth / 5700 Mobile Broadband / 3D Mark06 16250 /Driver 275.50 beta

    XPS Gen 4 Desktop>being rebuilt

  • Yeah, I tried that tool already, it can't detect the fans and can only give me CPU data.

    Alienware M17x R1 - C2D T9600 - 2 x GTX280M (SLI) - 8GB DDR3 1333 - 2 x 256GB SSD (alive Big Smile)
    Dell XPS M1730 - C2D T9300 - 2 x 8800M GTX (SLI) - 4GB DDR2 677 - 2 x 256GB 7200RPM (raid 0) (dead Sad)

  • i8kfan works on my m1730, see screen below. Although it sees the GPU as one unit both fans are kicked on and off together.

    http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/6741/fancapturerv2.jpg

     

    Definitely has made a difference during gameplay 

    M11x - R2 A04 | i7 640UM | 4GB HyperX DDR3 | NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M Optimus | 500GB XT Hybrid SSD/HDD |
    Aurora - R3 A06 | i7-2600 | 8GB 1333 MHz DDR3 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 | 1TB Samsung HDD |

     

     

     

     

  • Yeah, I checked it out again after I saw a post by someone on the l8kfan forums saying it was working with a 1730. Got it detecting the temps now and forcing the fans on works.

     

    Little confused though, was running RivaTuner at the same time and none of the temps seem to match.

     

    Without the fans running RivaTuner is saying Core 0 and 1 are around 70, and Core is around 70, yet l8kfan is saying CPU is 30, GPU is 46.

     

    With the fans running RivaTuner is saying Core 0 and 1 are only slightly lower (couple of percent) but Core has dropped to 47. l8kfan is saying the GPU is around 43 and the CPU is around 15.

     

    Confused, don't know which one to believe.

    Alienware M17x R1 - C2D T9600 - 2 x GTX280M (SLI) - 8GB DDR3 1333 - 2 x 256GB SSD (alive Big Smile)
    Dell XPS M1730 - C2D T9300 - 2 x 8800M GTX (SLI) - 4GB DDR2 677 - 2 x 256GB 7200RPM (raid 0) (dead Sad)

  • Hmmm, actually noticed that theres 3 fans in the XPS M1730. l8kfan only turns the two side fans on, the central fan doesn't turn on.

    Alienware M17x R1 - C2D T9600 - 2 x GTX280M (SLI) - 8GB DDR3 1333 - 2 x 256GB SSD (alive Big Smile)
    Dell XPS M1730 - C2D T9300 - 2 x 8800M GTX (SLI) - 4GB DDR2 677 - 2 x 256GB 7200RPM (raid 0) (dead Sad)

  • The central fan is the HDD fan go into options on i8kfan and enable HDD sensor support and enable the fan.

    E1705 T7400 2.16Ghz / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" LG WUXGA 1920 X 1200 / 4GB 667Mhz Geil Ram w/Heatspreaders / Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM / 500GB 7200RPM My Book / Nvidia Geforce Go 7900GS 256MB / Toshiba DVD/CD+/-RW DL / Intel 4965 A/B/G/N / 355 Bluetooth 2.0+EDR / Pinnacle Pro HDTV USB Tuner / Pinnacle Ultimate HDTV USB Tuner / Sound Blaster Audigy Advanced MB / Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook / Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speakers / 2-NB-MA01 Notebook Coolers / 3D Mark06 5446 / Driver v.174.31 /

    XPS M1730 Saphire Blue X9000 @ 3.2 / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 / Matshita BD\DVD Combo / 8GB 800Mhz Geil RAM / 500GB>200GB 7200RPM / 9800M GTX SLI / AGEIA PhysX Accelerator / Intel 4965 / 355 Bluetooth / 5700 Mobile Broadband / 3D Mark06 16250 /Driver 275.50 beta

    XPS Gen 4 Desktop>being rebuilt

  • Hard Drive Data section of l8kfan is faded out.

     

    I had a look at the central fan. Looks like its over some board, can't see any heat pipes going to the harddrive bay (sitting in front of the right fan). You sure its the harddrive fan?

    Alienware M17x R1 - C2D T9600 - 2 x GTX280M (SLI) - 8GB DDR3 1333 - 2 x 256GB SSD (alive Big Smile)
    Dell XPS M1730 - C2D T9300 - 2 x 8800M GTX (SLI) - 4GB DDR2 677 - 2 x 256GB 7200RPM (raid 0) (dead Sad)

  • Either that or it is the GPU fan,or chipset fan

    E1705 T7400 2.16Ghz / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" LG WUXGA 1920 X 1200 / 4GB 667Mhz Geil Ram w/Heatspreaders / Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM / 500GB 7200RPM My Book / Nvidia Geforce Go 7900GS 256MB / Toshiba DVD/CD+/-RW DL / Intel 4965 A/B/G/N / 355 Bluetooth 2.0+EDR / Pinnacle Pro HDTV USB Tuner / Pinnacle Ultimate HDTV USB Tuner / Sound Blaster Audigy Advanced MB / Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook / Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speakers / 2-NB-MA01 Notebook Coolers / 3D Mark06 5446 / Driver v.174.31 /

    XPS M1730 Saphire Blue X9000 @ 3.2 / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 / Matshita BD\DVD Combo / 8GB 800Mhz Geil RAM / 500GB>200GB 7200RPM / 9800M GTX SLI / AGEIA PhysX Accelerator / Intel 4965 / 355 Bluetooth / 5700 Mobile Broadband / 3D Mark06 16250 /Driver 275.50 beta

    XPS Gen 4 Desktop>being rebuilt

  • Yeah, I'm wondering if its the GPU or chipset fan. All three fans sit along the back of the laptop. The left and right fans are the ones that fire up with the l8kfan tool. I flipped the laptop on its side and watched the middle fan, it kicks in every do often but doesn't stay on for long. The two temperatures that don't change much are the GPU and chipset, so maybe the fans over the top of those.

     

    Considering getting a laptop cooler for it now.

    Alienware M17x R1 - C2D T9600 - 2 x GTX280M (SLI) - 8GB DDR3 1333 - 2 x 256GB SSD (alive Big Smile)
    Dell XPS M1730 - C2D T9300 - 2 x 8800M GTX (SLI) - 4GB DDR2 677 - 2 x 256GB 7200RPM (raid 0) (dead Sad)

  • Post edited!  I thought it hadn't shown for some reason, so I re-did it.

    Unbeknowns to me... the original/this post was showing on a new page! 

     

    Duh :smileyvery-happy: 

    Message Edited by TheRealFireblade on 05-07-2008 11:06 AM

    From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!

     

    XPS M1730:

    Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis - with White LED Backlights
    17" UltraSharp WUXGA Widescreen TFT (1920 x 1200) with TrueLife
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 @ 2.50GHz (800 MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
    4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
    DUAL 512MB Nvidia 8800M GTX cards in SLi + 128MB Ageia PhysX
    640GB SATA II (2x 320GB WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm)
    8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
    Creative X-Fi Notebook (ExpressCard) + Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
    Integrated 2MP Webcam
    Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
    Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
    TV Tuner and Dell Travel Remote Control
    4-in-1 Flash Card Reader (SSD/MMC/MS Pro/xD)

    230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

    Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

  • There are much cheaper options available (mine cost £45.81 deliered), but I can heartily recommend the Zalman ZM-NC2000 :smileyhappy:

    It's as if it was made to measure for the XPS M1730!

     

    However... I don't have my laptop sitting directly on it as you might expect.

    I've moved it down, so that the laptop's fans are over the cooler's ventilation holes.

     

    You'll see the reason for this, if you look closely at pictures of the cooler (the top part is solid)... but I've done it, so the laptop is able to draw [a lot more] air from the cooler's ventilation holes into the laptop's fans more efficiently.

     

    But I must give credit where credit is due!

    I got the idea/advice from this review by a Dell community forum member

    It's actually just one of a number of very useful videos he's done though, relating specifically to the XPS M1730 :smileywink:

    From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!

     

    XPS M1730:

    Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis - with White LED Backlights
    17" UltraSharp WUXGA Widescreen TFT (1920 x 1200) with TrueLife
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 @ 2.50GHz (800 MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
    4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
    DUAL 512MB Nvidia 8800M GTX cards in SLi + 128MB Ageia PhysX
    640GB SATA II (2x 320GB WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm)
    8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
    Creative X-Fi Notebook (ExpressCard) + Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
    Integrated 2MP Webcam
    Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
    Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
    TV Tuner and Dell Travel Remote Control
    4-in-1 Flash Card Reader (SSD/MMC/MS Pro/xD)

    230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

    Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

  • Thanks for the reply guys. I've already received my W1 cooler so can't cancel it. It seems to fit the laptop pretty darn well (3 fans line up to the 3 fans on my laptop).

     

    I'm retrying the Dell performance drivers that ifti (from notebookreview) is using and I'll do some more testing over the weekend.

     

    Thanks again.

    Alienware M17x R1 - C2D T9600 - 2 x GTX280M (SLI) - 8GB DDR3 1333 - 2 x 256GB SSD (alive Big Smile)
    Dell XPS M1730 - C2D T9300 - 2 x 8800M GTX (SLI) - 4GB DDR2 677 - 2 x 256GB 7200RPM (raid 0) (dead Sad)

  • Upgrade Bios to A11,