Fix GPU Fan Problems on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP

Jul. 07, 2017 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows Driver Solutions

Recently, we’ve received complaint from some Windows users, who encountered GPU fan problems:

  • The GPU fan emits harsh noise during the PC booting.

  • The GPU fan stops spinning suddenly when they are using the device.

  • The video card fan is overheating.

In these cases, you often get game crash or have to temporarily stop the office work.

If you really encounter the GPU fan issues when using the computer, don’t be worried and continue the reading for appropriate solutions that help you fix the issues.

How to Fix GPU Fan Problems on Windows 10, 8.1, 7, XP or Other Windows OS

If the cooling system, namely the GPU fan stops working, it will result in overheating. This is harmful to the graphic card and motherboard, besides, graphics issues may also happen on Windows, like AMD Radeon graphics error 43, graphics not showing, and other display/video/graphics problems.

Here we’ve had some workarounds for you to resolve the GPU fan issues. You could follow the instructions below to check your graphics card:

Method 1: Check the Working Environment of the Hardware

First and foremost, you need to check the working condition of your device.

1. Make sure the GPU fans are working in an environment with normal temperature, humidity and area.

2. Check if there is accumulating dust on the fan blades or the slots. Dust accumulates day by day and can affect the feature of the GPU. Usually, you need to clean the dust out in every 2 or 3 years.

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3. Check if the connectors are right in their places. Or you can re-plug in the connectors to the ports.

4. The GPU fan will stop spinning if there’s not enough oil to lubricate. So re-oil the GPU fan by removing the sticker on the fan and then drip the oil into the hole in the center. This will help to fix the noisy GPU fans.

Method 2: Replace the GPU Fan to a New One

If you have owned the GPU or graphics card for many years, it is possible that the adapter is too old to run on the computer or too old to be compatible with the latest Windows OS, namely Windows 10. So you can replace the old graphics card with a new one whose GPU fans work properly.

Method 3: Update the BIOS

BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is used to perform hardware initialization during the PC booting. It's responsible for doing a quick check-up of all your hardware components, like the graphics card, sound card, touchpad, etc., and loading the Windows system from your hard drive.

If the GPU fans are not working, try updating the BIOS to fix the problem so that the video card or related hardware can be normally initialized.

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Method 4: Remove the Battery and Fix the Problem

The notebook battery can also stop the fans and result in the GPU fan not working issue, because when there’s lower power or charge, the GPU fans will turn off temporarily to save the charge. In this case, the touchpad or other area of the laptop will heat up quickly.

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If the GPU fan problems occur on your Asus, HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc. laptop, you can try to disassemble the battery and then assemble it back to the notebook again to see if the GPU fans spin normally. Also, charge your device with the power adapter.

Read More: Top 5 Easy Ways to Save Laptop Battery on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP

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Method 5: Update the Graphics/Video/VGA/Display Card Drivers

Outdated or incorrectly configured graphics card drivers also affect the spinning of the GPU fans. Graphics/video/display card drivers enable the communication between the Windows OS and the graphics hardware. If there are faulty graphics drivers, the GPU fans may stop suddenly or spin too fast or too slowly. Updating the graphics card drivers can help to release the pain.

You can use Windows shortcut keys Win + X to launch the Jump List, and then open the Device Manager to make Windows update the drivers.

Note: Windows often fails to update drivers automatically, and if you encounter this unfortunately, use Driver Talent to download drivers automatically. It can scan your computer quickly to detect problem drivers and give you a list of appropriate graphics drivers.

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You can click on the button above to get Driver Talent directly and follow the step below to fix your GPU fan problems:

Step 1: Do a Free Scan

Click on the Scan button to detect all the faulty graphics drivers that cause the GPU fan problems.

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Step 2: Download and Install Graphics Driver Updates

Click Update and Driver Talent will download and install correct graphics driver updates automatically. Or click Repair to fix driver issues instantly.

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Step 3: Restart the PC

Follow the instructions on screen and restart the PC to make the graphics driver updates take effect.

Note: It is highly recommended backing up drivers or creating a system restore point before any driver changes.

Thank you for visiting this site. Hope this article can be a reference for you to fix the GPU fan problems and make the fans spin normally again. If you have any questions, comment below to let us know.

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