Originally Posted by muzy
from what i can hear ive never noticed a fan on this note book and theer seem to be no changes sound wise from whn the light is on or off
Hey I sorta had the same issue as you, however my fans do turn on now (and are very noticable sometimes). I had random shut downs due to heat early on (while the fans never turned on too a few times). I talked to Alienware (on their forums) and they gave me the same crap as they are giving you (Thermal Gell, etc). I was using Notebook Hardware Control to check the CPU temps early on (and the NVIDIA temp thing that comes on your computer for the GPU which I still use, that actually works). I found it didn't really work though (Notebook hardware controll), the CPU temps never really updated (they did but only once and awhile, and I had big jumps sometimes, like from 50 to 80 (fans came on only at 80 when this happened) or something or from 50 to shutdown, etc, etc). Anyway since then I tried a few other CPU temp things and oddly I8kfanGUI seems to actually work unlike the rest I tried (the fan control and such doesn't work, but the CPU temp reader does and updates each second at worst). I8kfangui is made for DELL Inpsirions though so I 'm kinda surprised that worked best heh... so anyway since I've installed only that I haven't had any heat shut downs yet (few weeks now). I'd suggest you install that and see what the CPU temps are getting to (Once it hits 63 the fans should turn on, or thats when they do on mine), if you notice it go over 70 or whatever and no fans your fans are probably broken or the power cord to them isn't attached or something Also I'm pretty sure the silent fan button means its on if the light is on (opposite of what they said). I always had mine clicked off anyway and my fan sometimes roars like a mad man, I'll try tonight though with it on and see what happens.