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as the title suggest i have a problem with my zalman 9700 cooler. the problem is that it doenst power on when connected to the fan mate controller supplied but only when connected to the motherboard. this is happened this morning and now the cooler is VERY noisy. what has happened? how can i make it silent again? is this a new opportunity to get a new cpu cooler?
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Hi.

Sorry to hear that your Zalman is acting up.

HAve you taken a look at the contacts on both plugs (male and female) to ensure that there is nothing interfering with the contact?

Also, you can open the fan-mate to see if there is something visible that might be the problem (burnt?).
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yupp i pushed them together as hard as i could but still no action, so now its plugged into the mobo and spinning at ~2800rpm not cool lol xD
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is there a control for the fanspeed in your Bios Menu?
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umm i dunno :S well i have the gigabyte ep45-ds3p mobo so yeah....
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post #6 of 16
I understand that noise can be an annoyance, but you can solve the problem by controlling the fan from within Windows by using Speedfan. Most mobos are supported. If you want to go for the hardware route, why not just use aftermarket fan controller? It will be helluva a lot cheaper than a new heatsink. But to be honest, give it a few more days, and you won't even notice it anymore. I have a Antec 1200 with 10 x 120mm fans, plus a loud fan from my GTX260, and one big ass fan on top, all on max speed all the time. Sure, it's a bit noisy, but I've gotten used to it, and now it doesn't even bother me anymore... (Am I going deaf?)
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post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by fat_sumo View Post
yupp i pushed them together as hard as i could but still no action, so now its plugged into the mobo and spinning at ~2800rpm not cool lol xD


Did you inspect the contacts?

Also, you may want to open the fanmate to see if there is any visible damage (burnt PCB or components).

The fanmate is a pretty basic device, so any damage should be readily visible.



Also, have you tried connecting the fanmate directly to the PSU? That may not be relevant, but covering all possiblities may shed some light...
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post #8 of 16
fanmates are like 3 dollars, you can buy another from newegg i'm pretty sure!
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post #9 of 16
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umm im a bit unsure about inspecting the contacts what am i looking for?
also the fan mate doesnt have any screws and dont know how to open it :s
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post #10 of 16
The BIOS could be an option to dial down the fan. It depends on the motherboard. The fan on your Zalman is a 3-pin so some motherboards (like my old Abit) will control it nicely while others (like my Rampage) will not control it unless it's a 4-pin PWM fan.

It's worth a shot since it will solve your problem without any cost but if it doesn't work then I suggest just replacing your fanmate as others have suggested.
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