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Old 01-14-2009, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a ZALMAN, ZM-MFC2 4-Channel Fan Controller in my system and the controller is constantly reading the fans at RPMs from anywhere from 0-2000 (and it is set on 1200 RPM the default setting) I have had all the fans replaced twice now even with a different type of fan recently I put in Noctua 1300's but nothing fixes this issue.

I have a friend that had the exact same system built that is having the exact same issue. Is it possible that the PSU could be causing this or the MB?

At first we thought perhaps the ampage in the fans were just to high but, it does it no matter if 1 fan is plugged in or all 4 and the Noctua fans I recently put in is a lower ampage then the Scythe's that were in it before.

Below is my system stats.

Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

INTEL, Core™ 2 Quad Q9550 Quad-Core 2.83GHz
XIGMATEK, HDT-S1283 CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
ARCTIC COOLING, MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound
ASUS, Rampage Extreme, LGA775, Intel® X48, 1600MHz FSB, DDR3-2000MHz
CORSAIR, 4GB (2 x 2GB) XMS3 DHX PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.8V SDRAM DIMM
VISIONTEK, Radeon® HD 4870 750MHz, 512MB GDDR5 1800Mhz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI /2
HAUPPAUGE, WinTV-HVR-1800 MC-Kit TV/FM Tuner
SEAGATE, 640GB Barracuda 7200.11, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 32MB cache
SEAGATE, 640GB Barracuda 7200.11, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 32MB cache
ROSEWILL, RCR-102 Black 52-in-1 Card Reader/Writer Drive, 3.5" Bay
SAMSUNG, Super-WriteMaster™ SH-S223 Black 22x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ LightScribe, SATA, w/ Software, OEM
SAMSUNG, Super-WriteMaster™ SH-S223 Black 22x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ LightScribe, SATA, w/ Software, OEM
NETWORK, Integrated Dual 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN Network Controller
ANTEC, Performance One P182 SE Silver/Black Mid-Tower Case w/ Mirror Finish, ATX, No PSU, Stainless Steel
ZALMAN, ZM-MFC2 4-Channel Fan Controller Panel, 5.25" Bay, Black/Silver
CUSTOM WIRING, Standard Wiring with Round Cables
THERMALTAKE, Toughpower, 80 PLUS®, 850W Power Supply w/ Modularized Cable Management, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, Quad +12V
MICROSOFT, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition w/ SP1

Thanks for any input.
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Default Re: Zalman Fan Controller Issue

If you watch the fan and the controller says it's running at 0 you'll notice if it really is or not. If it does stop dead then you have a HSF problem. Most likely though it's a fan controller problem and the motherboard is just reading it wrong.
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