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Question, do the PSU fans spin continuously or only turn on under a certain load or reach a certain temp? The reason is that I just put in a different 140mm fan in my Tough power. The stock fan was .36amps and i put in a .16amp Lian Li case fan. I replaced it because the fan shaft or housing isnt straight so it rubbed the fan gaurd/psu housing.

When I use the paper clip and turn the psu on only the LEDs turn on but the fan doesnt spin.

I dont think I did anything wrong, I cut the connector off the other fan (2-pin: black and red only) and solderd it onto a connector that would connect to the 3pin thats on the fan.

Thanks.
Edited by tlxxxsracer - 3/12/11 at 8:08pm
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Most fans in PSU's spin continuously and ramp up as the load does. Some units (Corsair AX, Seasonic X, & Kingwin Lazer Platinum) have the fan off till a certain load or temp.
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post #3 of 12
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Hmm... the fan i put in draws less amps than the stock fan too. The LEDs turn on, so I know its getting power.

Maybe its a question to ask Thermaltake lol. I dont remember the stock fan spinning continuously though.

Unless if the yellow wire- which isnt really plugged in has something to do with it.
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Well it's possibly you broke something.

The fans in Toughpower units are always spinning.
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broke something as in?

Edit: By the way, this is an older model Tough power. Not sure that has anything to do with it. W0116RU is the model #
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broke something as in?
Either you have a bad solder joint, or didn't connect something properly.
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post #7 of 12
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Im kind of confused then... if the LEDS turn on, on the fan.. if I didnt solder something right then they wouldnt come on. Or am I wrong?

Just cut the connector with a wire lead from the old Thermaltake fan, stripped wire. and then soldered those leads to a 3-pin connector that had wire leads on it. Then plug the fan into the 3 pin connector and the 2pin (which is soldered to the 3pin) and plugged it into the psu.

Then again, I could always run the wire out of the psu and plug it into molex. LOL
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Think I found the solution!

I just soldered it all again to double check and then had de ja vu. The fan requires a certain voltage to run and if its not given it wont spin. So if the psu fan header is giving less voltage the fan wont run. I turn the psu on and then gave the fan a small touch and it started spinning. So maybe the voltage isnt able to get it spinning? I can tell though its a low voltage though for now, resulting in the fan not spinning quickly.
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That's entirely possible.

PSU's generally use high quality fans that can start at low voltage. That fan most likely can not (as Lian-Li uses some pretty bad fans while Thermaltake's stock fan on the Toughpower units is usually a good one.)
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So the safe thing to do is plug the fan into my mobos or molex? Ill try a xigmatek fan and see if it does the same thing
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