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    DELL 1600SC Noisy Fans & F1 Disable

    Hi,

    I've inherited a DELL 1600SC PowerEdge Server which is pretty cool except for one thing ... it's really noisy!

    So I thought, I should be able to buy some silent fans for it and probably forget about the front case fan (the CPU's have fans anyway). MY first question then is, is there anything inherently problematic about replacing one or both fans with silent ones? Looking at one of the fans one thing strikes me ... there's something (looks like a transistor or something) sticking out inside the fan and it may be some kind of sensor which means, of course, I will get errors on boot leading to the "Strike F1 key to continue ... " after POST, before OS load; which is my second question ... is there a way to stop that happening?

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    Re: DELL 1600SC Noisy Fans & F1 Disable

    Kyu,
    Some fans have a temperature sensor andor a sensor just to monitor that the fan is running or not. I don't think I would be too concerned with that. ( my opinion )

    I think that besides insuring that the fan will mechanically & electrically fit in place of the old one, I would try to make sure that the air flow of the new fan meets or exceeds the specs of the old one. Dell should be able to supply you those specs, if you get to talk with the right tech rep!
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    Re: DELL 1600SC Noisy Fans & F1 Disable

    <hr>Is there anything inherently problematic about replacing one or both fans with silent ones?<hr>
    The possible answer is Yes, because on the Dell Dimensions (at least) the motherboards and the fans are proprietary, and you can't get replacement fans to fit except from Dell. When it's hot in the UK (i.e. about a week a year) the fan in my Dimension 8300 makes enough noise to sound like a jet engine... And the Dell PowerEdge 2900 server at work is VERY NOISY also.
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    Re: DELL 1600SC Noisy Fans & F1 Disable

    Thanks for the replies guys

    The server will be situated in my office cellar, currently my other server (an IBM x206) is situated in a home built wooden unit (almost but not quite rack like) so, I was thinking, a possible solution might be to keep the current fans but built a noise-reducing door on to the front of the server space ... you could maybe fit 3 of these Dell servers in to the space side by side (2.5 at least) and the space is a little deeper (front to back) than the server and 1.5 times the height so the issue, assuming I keep the original noisy fans, becomes what kind of stuff do I need in there for noise reduction and would the air-flow in there be adequate (there is a gap to the to and back of the space that vents into the cellar proper).

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    Re: DELL 1600SC Noisy Fans & F1 Disable

    Kyu,
    The last system box that I made up for myself, there is a total of seven internal fans inside the unit. Noise reduction was one of the goals that I was shooting for, while maintaining proper heat reductioncooling.

    After all of the hardware was in place, I decided to try lining the inside of the box with sound reduction foam. Of course, I left open, any vents or fan openings or any place where it might reduce air flow. I used 1" coated foam to reduce dust from sticking to the foam material.

    I found a website where sheets of adhesive backed foam was available in small quantities and reasonable price.
    It was at MCMASTERs

    This has worked fantastically for me. With all the fans running and HDs running, etc, the sound emanating from the box is barely audible. Heat buildup has not been any problem, so maybe this is one alternative to consider?
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    Re: DELL 1600SC Noisy Fans & F1 Disable

    Bob

    Ummm, slightly problematical, since I've never heard of this firm in the UK!

    When we had hot weather, I rang up Quiet PC to ask them if there was anything that could be done about better fans, and the first question the chap asked was "Is it a Dell?". But it may be worth the OP ringing them about his specific server, or about PC sound-deadening mechanisms in general.
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    Re: DELL 1600SC Noisy Fans & F1 Disable

    McMasters does take on line orders outside of the U.S. and shipping was reasonable ( if my memory serves me right ) but I'm sure there are other firms in the UK that can supply the same product.
    The difference in quieting was dramatic though!

    Your hunch may be right about Dell having something unique in the mechanical makeup of their hardware. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: DELL 1600SC Noisy Fans & F1 Disable

    Thanks for your replies ... I'll check out those suppliers

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