View Full Version : Constant problem booting
10-30-2004, 10:32 PM
Every time I boot, when I boot-up and way before WindowsXP starts, I get a black screen that says "ALERT! Backup fan not detected, press F1 to continue". I have a Dell 600sc, it has a few fans and they all seem to be working. When I press F1, it continues and runs fine. This is an annoying and persistent problem, any ideas how I can solve it?
10-30-2004, 10:41 PM
Many motherboards will check if the CPU fan is spinning (in order to prevent frying the cpu). I have such a board in my old system. I recently changed the CPU heatsink/fan because the old one seemed to be failing (noises). Once I plugged in a new one, the system wouldn't boot. I had to hook the old fan/heatsink to the secondary CPU fan header in order to get the system to boot (the new fan doesn't supply the rpm signal). Once I booted, I went into the BIOS and disabled the CPU fan check (I just have to hope that the current fan never fails before I scrap this system).
Anyway, I would suggest checking your different BIOS screens and seeing if there is a place to disable the fan check. You also might find a hardware page in your BIOS that will show the fan speeds that it can sense (this might give you a clue as to why it is complaining).
Are you certain about the text "Backup fan not detected"? If it says "CPU fan not detected", it would make more sense.
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