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Solved: Fan Sometimes Spins Quickly and Loudly

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SophieLass, Jun 1, 2009.

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  1. SophieLass

    SophieLass Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    In January 2006 I bought a brand new Dell. In the past year the fan starts to spin loudly on occasion. For instance, when my antivirus program scans my computer, the fan speeds up. It also seems to do this if I'm running a few pieces of software, and also some websites in Firefox.

    Does anyone know if there is something wrong? And if so, what can I do?

    Thanks for your help!

    Sincerely,

    -sophia

    My specs:
    Dell DM051 Mini-Tower
    Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
    3.40 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
    3584 Megabytes Installed Memory
     
  2. stevecook

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    It is normal for the fan to speed up when the load on the processor causes temperature increase. If you think it is doing it excessively I would check that the air intakes are clear of fluff and dust and, if you feel competent enough, open up the case and check the fan on the processor is free of dust etc.
     
  3. SophieLass

    SophieLass Thread Starter

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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for your quick response! I'll open it up today and blow it out with a can of air.

    I feel better knowing it isn't something drastic. :)

    Sincerely,

    -sophia
     
  4. SophieLass

    SophieLass Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I just wanted to say thank you again. After blowing the inside out with a can of air, the fan no longer spins loudly as it once did. I have five pets and there was some pet hair and dust around the fan area. Everything is now A.O.K.! :)

    Sincerely,

    -sophia
     
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