this sends voltage to the fan header
sudo sh -c 'echo 255 > /sys/devices/pwm-fan/target_pwm'
and i can see the fan tries to start-the blades twitch a little. I have to manually spin the fan to get it to start.
if I stop the fan with
sudo sh -c 'echo 0 > /sys/devices/pwm-fan/target_pwm'
and then try to restart it, the same sticky behavior occurs.
This is with the recommended noctua NF-A4x20 directly attached to the header with nothing in between (no resistor, splitter, etc)