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Loud noise from fan

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Jon Snow, Dec 28, 2003.

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  1. Jon Snow

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    I recently started getting hearing a loud "buzzing" noise when I started my computer or it had to load certain larger programs. I opened up the computer to find which fan the noise was coming from and found no noise. The noise had stopped until just yesterday. I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions.
     
  2. Triple6

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    Make sure theres nothing rubbing on any of the fans. One of the fans may also be wearing out of getting dirty. You could get yourself a can of Compressed Air and blow out dust from the case and fans. If that doesn't do it then you'll need to replace the fan thats noisy.

    Whne the noise happens just pop off the side off the case and find teh responsible fan, or if it happens frequently leave the side off the computer.
     
  3. John Sparkman

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    When you do find the bad fan, make sure to replace it with a "ball Bearing" type fan and not one that uses a "sleeve" type bearing. The fans that use sleeve type bearing never last as long.

    John
     
  4. compilerxp

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    Make sure it not the HD that's buzzing.
     
  5. Jon Snow

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    I opened up my case today and found that it is none of my fans that are buzzing but my HD instead. So my fans are fine but my HD is still buzzing at start up and when I load bigger programs. What should I do.
     
  6. pronute

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    First make a complete backup of the hard drive, and then download the hard drive diagnostic software from the manufacturer web sight. If any problems are found and the drive is still under warranty you can ghost the back up to the replacement drive.
     
  7. Triple6

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    You can try defraging the drive and hopefully its just really fragmented. But I would backup up any important data and test the drive throughly with the manufacturers diagnostics. Since we don't know what drive you have, you can try this Maxtor test - it works on most drives: http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/powermax.htm
     
  8. compilerxp

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    Even if the diag says "drive is good" (which it shouldn't) I would not trust the drive... period.

    Backup your DATA today that's IMPORTANT to you. Your drive could die in 5 weeks or 5 minutes.
     
  9. Jon Snow

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    I tried to find the HD diagnostic software at the Compaq Presario section of the HP website and could not find it. Also I have no floppy disks at the moment so I am unable to run the Diagnostic Software from Maxtor.
     
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    Compaq and most companies do not have such diags available for their end users. if computer is over a year old, its warranty has expired. So diags is kinda useless... drop $100 for a new 80GB drive and xfer your data over.

    Go to www.aida32.hu, get the free enterprise version - it will tell your HD brand and link to the site....
     
  11. Jon Snow

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    Opening a new thread with a more appropriate title.
     
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