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Wierd Noise from Computer

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by General Sherman, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. General Sherman

    General Sherman

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    From time to time my computer makes a "noise like the Jedi"
    I turn it off and maybe it will restart without the noise and maybe not. So I let it rest.
    Any ideas on what is wrong or how to cure it?

    Thanks.
     
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    Cinic Spongy Member

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    I would guess a fan is going out or dirty.

    Can you open the case and pinpoint the noise?
     

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    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Pay particular attention to the PSU (rear-top), the center (CPU fan or vid fan) or the front (hard drive).

    What did you mean by "Sounds Like A Jedi"? Like a 'lightsaber'? Or like Yoda?

    Either way, is bad, ye-eessss.;f
     
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    Fans burn out, and for me REALLY often. My room is dusty as crap and it kills fans. It doesnt hurt to blow them off fairly often.
     
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    Until recently, I used a vacuum to clean off my fans (cpu fan, in particular). It always seemed to me that cleaning it off didn't really help, and the last time seemed to make the fan even louder than before. That's when the lightbulb went off in my head and I realized that by putting the round vacuum hose right down flush with the fan i was probably putting that poor little fan through more rpms than it was ever designed for. (It was clean, but I think I messed up the bushing or bearings.)
     
  8. General Sherman

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    I vacuumed it without any results.
    Still making noise.

    Pay to have fan replaced?

    Buy new computer?
     
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    Were you able to figure out which fan it is?

    Some are really easy to replace, others aren't.

    If it's a case fan we could walk you through it. A CPU cooler fan would be slightly more difficult. The one in the power supply would probably be the most tedious task.

    The availability of the fans also varies depending on which it is?

    You're probably at the point where you should ask yourself if you want to spend the time messing with a fan on a 5 year old computer or just replace the whole thing. Is the machine still doing everything you need it to do? Well, other than making the Yoda noise.
     
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    Vacuums create static, which destroys computer parts. Use compressed air instead.