Computer on overdrive - fan?

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14 years 6 months ago #2280 by reggit
Do computers have fans in them? Something makes me think they do, and if they do, could that be what is racing like mad in my computer after it's been on for a few minutes...sounds like a CD drive on speed, but that isn't what is causing it...

Help!

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14 years 6 months ago #70628 by max2
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Do you vacuum over the back of the computer Tigger? You should see a air inlet type vent and that is where my fan is. Try giving it a good vacuum using the soft bristle attachment when the computer is off, because they attract dust very easily from trying to keep/fan the motor cool.

That might help.

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14 years 6 months ago #70629 by reggit
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quote:Originally posted by swaggie

Do you vacuum over the back of the computer Tigger?

Eh???? [:0] I'm of MM's approach to housekeeping, so, no [}:)]

Will give it a go :)

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14 years 6 months ago #70635 by reggit
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Just tried that Swaggie and it has calmed it down a bit, but by the look of it is awful dusty inside, will take the casing off and give it a good clean over...

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14 years 6 months ago #70638 by Pumpkingirl
Mine did that a few years ago. When we took it apart, it had about 18,000 yards of cat hair wrapped around it. Well.. give or take a few yards:D

You can actually open up the housing and clean it out that way, you'll do a much better job than just vacuuming the back (although that does help if you do it every week, which I do not:D).

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14 years 6 months ago #70639 by reggit
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Ours will most likely be dog hair [}:)]

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14 years 6 months ago #70662 by GrantK
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This problem may also be caused by the bearings in the fan being about to give out. In the latter stages, they make all sorts of horrible graunching noises like a distant concrete mixer [:0] before seizing up completely. At that stage, your computer will probably overheat due to lack of ventilation [V]

New fans are quite cheap and it won't take much time for the techy at your local computer shop to replace them. If the vacuuming idea doesn't get rid of the noise, I would take your PC in to your local techy without delay. Something is definitely wrong if this noise continues -- especially if it gets worse :(

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14 years 6 months ago #70666 by reggit
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It has certainly calmed down a fair bit since I vacuumed it, will give it a good clean later on and see if improves. I am planning to take it into the techy mid January if it lasts that long, if the fan noise stops altogether it will be in sooner!

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14 years 6 months ago #70667 by maggies mum
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Ya did well tigger remembering how to switch the vacuum cleaner on!

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14 years 6 months ago #70670 by reggit
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Oooh 'twas scary, MM, always afraid it's gonna jump up and bite me, or that I'll break out in hives! [}:)]

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14 years 6 months ago #70674 by maggies mum
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Thats always a big worry eh? ;-P

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14 years 6 months ago #70717 by max2
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quote:Originally posted by maggies mum

Thats always a big worry eh? ;-P

My theory is the replacement cost is the bigger worry....[8D]

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14 years 6 months ago #70732 by wyseyes
Tigger, I'm your tekkie, bring it out here and I'll blow, blast and wash all the crud out. Maybe give it a tune up as well.

I see you shiver in anticip......................................................................................ation

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14 years 6 months ago #70740 by Valmai
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I think cpu's have 3 fans (thats just wot I red aint ackully seen them) Do you have a ?puffer? brush? Swish that all around inside works better than vacuuming.

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14 years 6 months ago #70857 by spoook
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We recently had to send ours in for a new power pack, (came back with a new board and still did not start up :( another story).
We were told to clean it out with the compressor every 6 months [:0]
Sounds drastic for a fragile piece of electronics.
Can't believe where the dust comes from, it is not on the ground and under a desk [:0].
Thank goodness he did not mention vacuum cleaners [}:)]

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