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- Northbridge cooling? (Averatec 3150P)
- Gary Fritz
June 21, 2005, 7:59 pm
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suddenly issued a warning message: "North Bridge FAN error. Please
check it." And the normally obnoxiously-loud fan in the thing is
suddenly eerily quiet. Uh-oh.
Since she's not here, I can't check it directly. She's teaching a
class so she can't start ripping it apart. I looked to see if there
were any utilities (e.g. Motherboard Monitor 5, etc) that monitor the
Northbridge temperature, but I'm not finding any.
According to http://www.tomshardware.com/mobile/20030618/averatec -
03.html the 3150P uses a KN266 (VIA VT8372) Northbridge. I can't find
specs for it on www.via.com.tw, but according to
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article33-page2.html the Via KT133 is
rated for 110 C (!!). I don't know how the laptop version compares.
I know that many Northbridge chips don't NEED a fan. Some units don't
put a fan on it at all. The Northbridge fan on my Asus A7V266E mobo
hasn't worked for ages and I haven't had any problems.
So: Is my wife's Northbridge in danger if she runs without the fan?
Is there some utility she can use (without inserting any add-on temp
probes, etc) to see how hot it's running?
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Re: Northbridge cooling? (Averatec 3150P)
temp of the Northbridge, and/or what is a safe temp? The VIA site
doesn't have any specs for this family, but similar families show a max
case temp of 85C, so that's what I'm going with for now. I may just
have to stick an electronic oral thermometer on it, but hm, it probably
doesn't go that high... :-)