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Old September 28, 2009, 01:18 AM
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First off, apologies if this is posted in the wrong spot.

Anyway, I recently bought an Antec 900 case so I was putting my stuff inside it. IT takes a while, but I get everything in...so I go to start up my computer and I get the error "Error: System fan has failed; Press F2 to continue...blah blah blah."

I check the fan though....and it's working fine; the fan is spinning and whatnot.

So we're at a loss. We tried unplugging and plugging it back in; nothing. We used compressed air to clean it out; Nothing.

So we were thinking it might be the thermal compound, so I'm gonna go down to the store and pick some up tomorrow.

Does anyone else have any thoughts/suggestions?

I hate computers haha
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Old September 28, 2009, 01:43 AM
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What's the motherboard? Do you have the cpu fan in the correct fan header?

Sounds like the bios might be set up to monitor a fan on a certain header which doesn't have a fan connected to it.
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Old September 28, 2009, 03:29 AM
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I'm not quite sure about either. I got my friend to do all of this stuff since I don't know a lot about computers. I'll ask him though and yeah.

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Old September 28, 2009, 05:02 AM
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+1 to the wilson sounds about right to me
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Old September 28, 2009, 06:31 AM
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My asus motherboards that I have and the ones out in the field will randomly give me the "overclock failed" or "system fan failed" during POST. Each and every time it's nothing. I still check, but I swear it's laughing at me.

I wouldn't worry about it.... just quit restarting your computer, gets in the way of your folding for 54196 anyway, right?

By the way, it's definately NOT the thermal compound.

Oh, and if you're checking the fan on the CPU (hence the thermal compound) only you might want to check all your case fans.... the complaint doesn't appear to be about the CPU fan...
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Old September 28, 2009, 04:49 PM
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The CPU fan is connected to the right thing. (The only other place it looks like it could connect to is the system fan 1 port, but the sockets don't match up.)

All of the fans works...Just got the case...I never got this error pre-new case.

But yea...All fans are working, And when I try to "press F2 to continue, it pretty much wont allow me.
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Old September 28, 2009, 04:58 PM
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Try grabbing a generic 3 pin case fan and plugging it in to that 'system fan 1' jack and rebooting. If that fixes your issue, then your BIOS is set to monitor that hookup. And it's not your CPU fan for sure, that error is 'CPU fan error' and your PC likely wouldn't boot up due to ASUS' fail safe system.
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make sure that nothing is touching the back of the board
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Old September 28, 2009, 04:58 PM
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Without knowing what model of motherboard you're running it's going to be pretty hard to offer useful advice from here on in.... chances are it's just a setting in bios. at the very least you should be able to change the "halt on errors" setting in bios to let it go past the fan error without requiring you to press f2 to continue.
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To get rid of this error, go into the BIOS and disable the RPM sensing of the CPU fan.
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