How to Change Fan Settings if Bios' Power Options Are Hidden

Three Methods:BIOS SettingsThird-Party SoftwareHardware

There are three ways you can change the fan settings of a PC: the BIOS settings, third-party software, and using a hardware fan controller.

Method 1
BIOS Settings

Most of today's modern motherboards have a fan control built into the BIOS settings. Some give you more control than others.

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    Start your computer. Press the “Delete” or “F2” keys (or consult your system's manual) while it starts to boot. Your BIOS should open.
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    Search for the fan settings. Asus has "Q-Fan Control", Gigabyte has "Smart Fan Control" and ASRock has “CPU Quiet Fan” under the H/W Monitor menu heading, which is the “Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen”.
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    Enable this feature and modify the settings to what you want. You might have a lot of choices or perhaps only a limited amount; this will depend on your Motherboard.
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    Go to the “Exit “ menu. Select “Save and Exit” to save your new settings and exit the BIOS. Your computer should continue its boot process.

Method 2
Third-Party Software

This is a software solution and it does not work with all motherboards.

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    Make a search for “SpeedFan”. Download and install the program.
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    Run the program and configure it. There are many settings you can make.
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    Save your setting. Depending on your settings, the program will monitor the fans' temperatures and adjust their speeds when necessary.
    • Note: Only fans with a three or four pin connection will work with this program; these are usually the CPU fan and the system fan.

Method 3
Hardware

This method requires some money.

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    Go to your favorite computer store, online or in person. Purchase a fan controller.
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    Shut down your computer. Unplug the power cables.
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    Open the computer system case. Follow the instructions of your fan controller's manual to set the temperature probes on your CPU, hard drive and computer case.
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    Following your manual, hook up the wires as indicated.
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    Set your controller in an appropriate bay.
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    Check that everything is hooked up as indicated in the manual. Plug your power cables back on and start your computer.
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    Adjust as required. Depending on the controller you bought, you will have an LCD display where temperatures and associated devices will be displayed. And there will be at least one knob for you to regulate a given fan's speed.

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