Aerocool Coolpanel2: How to connect temperature sensors?

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Has been stocked at our favourite reseller NewEgg before:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813999516

and they provide links to the manufacturer website, alas that is not working, so I suggest you email aerocool support:
http://www.aerocool.us/contact.htm

and ask them for the manual in PDF so you can use their product.
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the connection is for the USB port and you can use drivers/software to setup the panel? I am purely guessing here, never used one of these before. It's possible the buzzer can be toned down or disabled in software then. Let's wait for the reply from the manufacturer first.
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The best and safest way to attach sensors to PC components is with a small dab of hot-melt glue. Put a dab on the sensor, then quickly hold it to the spot desired. The glue will also transfer heat better. The best place for a sensor is at the very bottom of a heat sink, getting under the edge if possible.
Three-wire and four-wire fans are compatible with the power sockets, so no worries about reversing power to the fans. The typical wire colors are red for positive, black for negative, powering the fan. The other wire color would be for the RPM sensor.. for the BIOS monitor feature.
Lowering the voltage is the only means of controlling the fan speed. A power transistor in the panel regulates DC power to the fan for speed control, depending on the settings.
As to a loud buzzer, put a suitable resistor into its circuit.. or a bit of tape over the sound port. Likely the unit does a self-test when powered on, and the buzzer is part of the test. This link for Aerocool does list a manual DL.
If one control has no effect on a fan, the possibly a fan drawing too much current was connected.. damaging the power control circuit. Most of the small DC fans draw less than 500 mA of current. Larger fans may draw an amp of current, too high for small power transistors.. and they can short full-on or full-off.
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