2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 10, 2014 10:52 AM by spearson

    led fans blink on 975xbx2

    JediknightJason

      hi guys. i just got a 975xbx2 mobo off ebay and the board seems to be working correctly.

      it posts with a core2duo chip and 4gb ddr2 533mhz memory.

      when i plug a led case fan into the front and/or the rear fan ports the fans spin but the led's in them blink. is this normal?  i've never seen this happen before.

      when i plug the same led case fan into the bottom aux fan port it lights up and spins normally.

      is there something wrong with the mobo?

      is this something i should be overly concerned with?

      thanks,

      jason

        • 1. Re: led fans blink on 975xbx2
          allan_intel

          Thanks for joining the desktop board community.

          I would like to ask if the rear/front fan ports are working with normal fan?

          Please bear in mind that processor fan and auxiliary fan header comes with fan control pin, and this can make a difference.

          I would recommend updating motherboard BIOS to the latest and test fan again

           

          https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=16896&lang=eng&OSVersion=%0A%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%0A%09%09%09%09%09%09%09&DownloadType=BIOS

           

          File name:

          BX97520J.86A.2838.EB.EXE

           

          Allan.

          • 2. Re: led fans blink on 975xbx2
            spearson

            Jason,

             

            This is normal behavior for this board. There are two ways that the speed of a 2- or 3-wire fan can be controlled. The most common method used today is to vary the voltage provided to the fan (the lower the voltage, the lower the fan speed). The older alternative is to send the power to the fan in pulses (the fewer pulses delivered, the lower the fan speed). This latter solution, which was used on the BX2 board and many of its predecessors, can provide better control of fans at lower speeds, but, depending upon the fan used, can have the side-effect of creating a "ticking" noise that can be irritating -- and it does cause fans with LEDs to flicker as you are seeing. Unless you like the flickering LEDs, the only recommendation I can give is to (a) not use fans with LEDs or (b) remove/disconnect these LEDs.

             

            ...Scott