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Fan sounds strange on Inspiron 8600

Should I be concerned with this? When I turn on the computer after being off for a while, one of the fans makes a strange buzzing noise. It's not very loud, but it's definitely noticeable, and the fan doesn't turn off until the computer has warmed up to a certain temperature. I have to run something resource intensive to get the temperature up quick. All subsequent runnings of the fan sound fine. Sometimes it happens when coming out of hibernation, but it seems to be only if it's been hibernating for a long time.

Here are my system specs:

Dell Inspiron 8600
- Windows XP SP2
- 1.5GHz Pentium M
- 640MB RAM
- Nvidia GeForce FX Go5200

Thanks for your help.

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In reply to: Fan sounds strange on Inspiron 8600

1. Do your usual one year maintenance. That is the blast of air in the vents and with the wood stick in the CPU (or other fans) blast the heatsinks.

2. Not better? Order a new fan. Cheap compared to what a failed laptop costs to repair.


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Wood stick?

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I know about the air can, but wood stick? How am I supposed to use that to clean the fans?

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The wood stick is..

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To prevent the fan from turning while cleaning. It is possible to damage a fan with those air cans.


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Wood stick..

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Bobs right and although reverse running the fan via compressed air will generate a minute voltage, The biggest problem weve seen is the fact people dont pick or pull out the clogging hairballs afterwards. These tend to jam the blade and render the fan inop. After the dusting you should inspect the vent area for operation and if you are one of the once a year clean types within a feline friendly environment I'd suggest a twice a month clean.. (Believe me these are the worst as we have Cats also).. Point of the matter is make sure the fans operational after the dusting. If not? Look for clog just like a drain or similar. (These can be pulled out manually in most cases without disassembly) If not then look to change the fan as its probably toast..

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