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i think the fan loudness is to do with a rogue bios setting somehow. i recall having an advent t11 that spent the first year of its life in silence. then, after taking it to a free tuneup (will never do that again), it came back very noisy. originally the fan throttled back and only went loud after a certain (rather high) temperature. but that setting seems to have disappeared. couldn't find it again.
@ilovethemonkeyhead:We checked the BIOS to see if we could alter the fan settings but no luck - and the system should come preconfigured at its most silent anyway, since many consumers who buy this kind of PC won't even know what a BIOS is.
a bit of a tangent...my Dell desktop Studio XPS - recently purchased - sounded like someone doing the hoovering with a full bag, I gave Dell grief, they swapped out the rear fan etc, all to no avail. By and by I chanced upon a BIOS update on the Dell support page, guess what, they have remapped the fan, its much quieter now.(at least your readers know what the BIOS is!)
@Martin Daler:Thanks for the interesting and useful info. You may want to add this to the enthusiastic discussion surrounding the Studio XPS Desktop (http://www.trustedreviews.com/....(We would definitely hope so ;)
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