6 Reasons Why Your Gaming Laptop Fan Is So Loud [Plus Ways To Make It Quieter]

Why Is Your Laptop Fan So Loud All of a Sudden?

You’re working away and the gentle hum of your laptop you’re accustomed to suddenly gets louder.

Before you know it, the noise escalates to a whirring and grinding noise louder than your lawnmower and it’s all you can do to keep you from smashing it.

If this experience sounds familiar to you, don’t panic.

The cramped up space inside the machine and the high capacity batteries it utilizes to run causes heat buildup.

And as soon as things heat up, your laptop fan runs faster, resulting in noises.

This article discusses why your laptop fan is so loud, how to prevent the noise from your laptop fan (at you own risk), and some frequently asked questions.

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How to Silence a Loud Laptop Fan?

The good news is that even the loudest and most obnoxious laptop fans can be silenced (at least to some extent) using the methods described below.

Method 1: Close Running Applications You can quickly and easily reduce the amount of heat produced by your laptop, which will, in turn, lead to your laptop fan spinning slower and producing less noise by closing all unnecessary running applications.

If you’re using Ubuntu or a similar GNOME-based Linux distribution, then you can open System Monitor, right-click the application you want to close, and select the “End” or “Kill” option.

Alternatively, you can kill any process using the

Alternatively, you can kill any process using the following command (replace “firefox” with the name of the method you want to kill):

pkill -f firefox

Just note that the command will all processes that contain the specified string, such as your text editor with a document titled “Introduction to Firefox” opened.

Method 2: Clean the Fan Over time, laptops accumulate a lot of dust, as well as all kinds of unnamable crap, inside, resulting in a restriction of airflow, hotter temperatures, and more fan noise.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a computer wizard to clean the fan and other internal components. You just need a can of compressed air (available at most electronics stores).

The goal is to use the compressed air to clean out dust and anything else that the manufacturer didn’t put inside your laptop by strategically blowing air into the vent holes and the fan itself. Doing this won’t cause you to lose your warranty, and the reduction in fan noise can be quite dramatic.

Of course, you can always take things to the next level by taking your laptop apart and giving it a good clean from the inside. Still, you should know what you’re doing since it’s relatively easy to damage the delicate components inside during disassembly, incredibly fragile ribbon cables.

Method 3: Buy a Cooling Pad or External Fan

Perhaps not the most elegant or inexpensive soluti

Perhaps not the most elegant or inexpensive solution in the world, but unquestionably an effective one. There are countless laptop cooling pads and external fans to choose from on sites like Amazon, and they all accomplish the same thing: keep your laptop from overheating by actively blowing cool air on it using an additional fan.

While using an additional fan to combat noise issues created by a different may sound counterproductive, experience tells us that it’s actually a highly effective solution since laptop cooling pads and external fans are typically much quieter than laptop fans, so the extra noise they create is significantly offset by the fan noise reduction.

Method 4: Give Your Laptop Room to Breathe

The air vents on most are located on the sides of

The air vents on most are located on the sides of the bottom panel. When you use your laptop on a soft surface like your lap or bed, the tiny rubber feet can’t effectively keep it raised enough so that it has sufficient room to breathe.

The solution is obvious: don’t use your laptop on soft surfaces. If you can’t imagine your life without browsing the internet while lying in your bed, then we highly recommend you buy a laptop cooling pad or, at the very least, place your laptop on a large book.

Method 5: Manually Lower the Speed of Your Laptop Fan Our last method is potentially dangerous because it can lead to your laptop overheating and becoming unstable, especially if taken to the extreme. That’s why we recommend it only if you’ve already exhausted other options and are confident that your laptop fan can safely spin slower.

You should also know that not all laptops support manual fan speed control or at least don’t make the functionality available to the operating system. With that being said, you can manually lower the speed of your laptop fan using the lm-sensors and fancontrol applications, both of which are well documented.

If you’re a ThinkPad owner, then you’re in luck because there’s a piece of software created specifically to control the fan speed of ThinkPad laptops. The software is called thinkfan, and you can get it from its GitHub page and many software repositories.

The fan speed of some Dell Inspiron and Latitude laptops can be configured using i8kutils, which is a daemon built upon the dell-smm-hwmon kernel module.

What Are Reasons for a Loud Laptop Fan?

We’ve determined the reason your laptop fan is making loud noises is a malfunctioning fan resulting in your laptop overheating.

But what causes it to overheat? Here are the three primary reasons:

#1 Software Issues

This may surprise you but software running in never-ending loops can cause excess demand on your laptop, making it generate more heat than is necessary.

You may have recently made changes to your computer’s operating system (OS) or installed software that’s running continuously in the background, resulting in a systems overload.

The truth is, such situations put too much load on your laptop, causing it to overheat, which means more work for your laptop fan, hence the loud noises.

Therefore, take note of what you’re doing right before your laptop loses its mind and starts making noise or shuts down. 

Running demanding 3D games or watching videos, for example, exerts way more stress on your laptop than browsing the internet.  

#2 Blocked Vents and Dirty Fan

As laptops get older, they overheat more.

Especially if you’re not in the habit of cleaning the vents regularly, they get clogged up with dust that blocks the internal airflow, causing the fans to spin faster and make more noise.

Inadequate ventilation can also cause your laptop to overheat and make noise, and the way you use your laptop can determine whether there’s sufficient ventilation or not. 

For example, placing it on your lap or a soft surface, such as a pillow or blanket, can block the vents, causing reduced airflow, which triggers overheating.

Therefore, avoid soft surfaces and instead place your laptop on a hard, flat surface when using it.

Preferably, elevate it slightly to allow for better air circulation. Also, clean your laptop regularly.

#3 Hard Disk Failure

If you hear whirring, grinding, or clicking noises emanating from the area near your hard drive, it’s a sign of an impending hard drive failure, in which case you need to get your files backed up.

When the mechanisms inside an HDD start to malfunction, the result is a noisier hard drive, and all you can do after backing up your data is to replace the hard drive with a new model. 

#4 Malware

A virus, worm, or other types of malware are another common cause for overheating laptops.

It causes the processor to max out, and if this occurs frequently, the system eventually overheats.

Cybercriminals create crypto-mining malware intended for hijacking your laptop’s CPU power to mine cryptocurrencies.

Viruses, adware, and various digital threats can also put a lot of pressure on your laptop’s resources, resulting in its internal components heating up. 

Now, you might be wondering how you can combat this as it’s a problem that seems somewhat beyond your control.

The most effective way is to invest in reliable antivirus software.

#5 Outdated Drivers

Before you have a meltdown next time your laptop gets so noisy, ask yourself when was the last time you updated your drivers.

It’s essential to update your drive regularly because outdated and unoptimized drivers impact laptop efficiency significantly.

Don’t update your driver and what happens is your system has to work harder (and get hotter and louder) to perform even simple tasks.

A point to note is, when updating your drivers, only download them either from Windows Update or your device’s manufacturer’s website.

However, there’s a caveat to this. You may notice overheating, in which case you should consider a rollback to a more stable version.

How do I fix low volume on my HP laptop?

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  1. Open control panel.
  2. Choose Hardware and Sound.
  3. Open Sound.
  4. Under the Playback tab, locate your default audio device and right click it.
  5. Head over to the levels tab and maximize the sound level.

Check The Speaker Settings

To check if there’s an issue with your speaker settings. First, you need to make sure that your sound isn’t muted. There’s usually a mute button or shortcut cut located on your keyboard that you may have accidentally pushed.

To ensure that your laptop isn’t on mute, click the speaker icon in the Windows system tray. Then, if you see an X next to the speaker symbol, click it to unmute. Alternatively, you can use the mute button or the function key shortcut on your keyboard if your laptop has one.

Check Default Audio Device

When you often use devices like wireless headphones or external monitors, those devices are stored in your laptop. So if one of those devices were set as a playback device, your computer would remain quiet if the device isn’t connected.

To make sure this doesn’t happen, you’ll need to set your computer speakers as your primary playback device. To do this, left-click the speaker icon and check your current playback device. If it isn’t your speakers, click the device’s name and then click your computer speakers from the menu.

When In Doubt, Troubleshoot

Every windows device has a built-in sound troubleshooter. It checks and fixes most problems automatically. To do this, right-click the speaker icon and click troubleshoot sound problems, then follow the prompts.

Check Communications Settings

There is a built-in low volume feature in some computers that helps you get clearer audio when you use your computer to place or receive phone calls. This feature can automatically reduce your volume by 100 percent and could be the reason why your speakers are quiet.

To check this, right-click on the volume icon in the taskbar and select sounds. Then, switch to the communications tab, and when you’re there, make sure the “Do nothing” feature is selected. If it isn’t, then click on it and save your changes.

Update The Audio Driver

  1. In the Windows search box, type device manager, then select Device Manager.
  2. Select Audio Inputs and outputs, then right-click on your speakers and select update driver.
  3. If no driver is found, then you can look for one on the device manufacturer’s website and follow their instructions.

Reinstall The Audio Driver

Alternatively, you can just reinstall the drivers by following these simple steps:

  1. In the device manager, select Audio inputs and outputs.
  2. Right-click on your computer speakers and select Uninstall.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. This will attempt to reinstall your audio driver.

Check The Loudness Equalization

You can also check the Loudness Equalization settings to find out why your speakers are quiet. If it isn’t activated, your speakers will produce a lower volume.

How To Activate Loudness Equalization

  1. Open settings, click on system and then click on sound.
  2. Scroll down until you see “Related Settings” and then click on the Sound Control Panel.
  3. Select the speaker that’s set as the default (usually has a green check)
  4. Click the Properties button and then click on the Enhancements tab.
  5. Check the Loudness Equalization option and then click the Apply button followed by the OK button, and voila. This should fix any volume issues you may have experienced.

Physically Check For Hardware Problems

If you need to, you can always open up and inspect the computer for any hardware issues that might be present with the speaker.

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