Re: CPU fan goes into overdrive
Unfortunately, I have way too much experience with GX280 fan problems.
According to Dell, the motherboard is bad, and will have to be replaced.
In my experience, it always starts the same way, the fan is too loud and fast every once in a while, then one day it gets more consistent. Finally you'll power on your pc, and the power button on front will have an "amber" color light instead of the green and the fan will go loud. When that happens your PC is no longer functional. Where I work, we literally have stacks of these 280s. Dell support can't fix it without a mobo replacement, and I've tried everything from a different cooler, different fan, more thermal paste, less thermal paste, etc. I have found nothing to fix this problem.
So I guess my advice would be to get any files you want to keep off of your hard drive and onto some sort of media so you can transfer them to the PC that you will inevitably have to buy now.
If anyone does have a solution to this, I'd really really love to know because it would allow me to put about 10 of these back into service!