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Loud Revving Noise

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by KGRtech, Jul 22, 2008.

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  1. KGRtech

    KGRtech Thread Starter

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    I am running Windows XP on a Dell computer that is about 3 years old. Lately, and more frequently, the computer will all of a sudden make noises like a car engine revving up. Sometimes it just lasts a few minutes and sometimes it just gets louder and louder and lasts a long time. I have DSL and thus my computer is always on. I have virus protection and nothing comes up on the scan. When this happens, I normally have nothing going on, except perhaps one Internet Explorer Window open.

    Is this a sound of doom and gloom to come? What could be causing this? Should I be concerned?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Jeruvy

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    #1. Isolate the cause.
    - Open the case and look at the fans particularily. Many systems today can control the speed of the fan and as the system heats up the fans spin faster. Older fans may complain and you'll hear a noise not unlike airplanes flying overhead.

    If it's a regular 80 cm or 120 cm fan then a replacement is quick and easy. If it's a chipset or CPU fan, then replacement will require first determining what you need and then where you can find it. Most computer specialists will carry a variety of fans and parts, but make sure to double check your requirements before purchasing. Make sure if you replace your CPU fan/cooler that it will FIT.

    Good luck,
     
  3. Rick_in_Fla

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    Clean it out with a can of compressed air.
     
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