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Rats! One of my fans is starting to hum.....

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Detectorist, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Detectorist


    Jul 16, 2008
    It gets 100F in here. I wonder if it's the video card or processor fan...

    Dell E520. I hope it doesn't get any least until I have money to replace stuff.
  2. MrSmoofy


    Jul 16, 2008
    Tallahassee, FL
    should be able to replace the processor fan pretty cheap, the video card fan could be difficult they are sometimes not replacable.

  3. You can take the fan apart, then clean the bearing (solvent such as Hoppes #9) and lubricate it (lithium grease). That will solve the problem for a few months.
  4. gemeinschaft

    gemeinschaft AKA Fluffy316

    Feb 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    I have had fans hum when they just had dust in them. Sometimes just a thorough cleaning does the trick.
  5. Ogreon

    Ogreon unlisted

    Oct 3, 2006
    I would imagine that as a last ditch effort, one could pop off the side panel and point a full-size fan into the heart of the beast. One of those industrial-style fans, might look cool. Maybe you could spark a new modding craze.
  6. GAFinch


    Feb 23, 2009
    One of mine did that recently...a few shots of compressed air fixed it.
  7. filthy infidel

    filthy infidel 100% Infidel

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Carolina
    You'd be hard pressed to find one that costs more than ten bucks....

    I have a friend (this couple goes waaay back) and these guys are CHEAP. My phone started blowing up (while I was at work)- when Mary calls you have to have a lot of time on your hands, I didn't.

    When I got home my wife said our phone blew up, then the couple shows up at the door. The big emergency- one of their computer fans died, and they 'knew I had spare parts"- they spent $5.00 in gas to drive over here and actually expected to root through my office because they just knew I had a I'd let them have.. Thankfully my wife didn't let them in and they found a new fan, for $6.50, on the way home.
  8. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    I also try the compressed air trick before I call em dead. I have a 120 fan that is going back and forth trying to make up it's mind about when it will fail on me... :faint:

    I keep the inexpensive fans in stock just in case... and then order up the PWM fans when needed.

    I really like PWM fans - You can control them with SpeedFan which will greatly reduce the noise in the 'office'.

    They have risen dramatically in price these days! Nothing under $15 from what I have found!

    Perhaps I need to find another Fan source too...

    Or just save up the $$$ and go with one of these:
    CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

    The reviews are mixed on this Corsair cooler, but I figure that the installer skillz pretty much affect the success of this product... Still kinda on the fence about it...

  9. Detectorist


    Jul 16, 2008
    Thanks for the ideas, guys. If it gets worse, I'll open her up and blow 'em out and lube.
  10. StarvinMarvin


    Feb 28, 2008
    1. get some compressed air
    2. blast out all the dust you see
    If still issue
    3. find the bad fan and replace

    All fans can be swapped with relative ease except the ones in your power supply, and even those aren't too bad. Is this computer something that is still under warranty?

    I would guess there is just too much dust and therefore too much static pressure for those fans to overcome. Clean it out before it causes a fan to fail.
  11. Ogreon

    Ogreon unlisted

    Oct 3, 2006
    I'm sorry. I tried to resist, but I can't fight it any longer...

    Teach it the lyrics!
  12. Detectorist


    Jul 16, 2008