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Solved: Grinding whir

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by plysne, Feb 18, 2006.

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  1. plysne

    plysne Thread Starter

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    I have a Gateway with XP running on it. It is three years old. About once an hour all of a sudden I will hear this whirring noise that will over the next 15-20 seconds sound like it is slowing down and getting lower in pitch and then will just suddenly dissapears. It doesn't interfere with any activity I am working on. Totally random if I am doing anything or the desktop is up in resting state. Sounding like rotational noise I thought for sure it was my hard disk, but just replaced with new (no change). I have both cd drives open and empty and a blank disk in zip drive. Thats all that I can think of that is rotational. Must be something else that would growl back. Open for any ideas before it shuts down competely and I have not located the source. Taking all ideas! Thanks
     
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    something getting in / against fan ?
     
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    Actually, with a three year old machine, I'd suspect that it's one of the fan's sleeve bearings dying.

    Take the outer case off the machine, and when you hear the sound, try to localize which fan it's coming from. Replacement is the next step. :)
     
  4. plysne

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    John, see reply to you on my external drive boot problem. Paul
     
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