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Loud noise

Getting a really loud noise from my tower. Kinda sounds like the fan is on steroids. Loud enough that I thought someone turned a stand-up fan on in the room. Just had a trojan removed from this same computer . . . had it wiped out & reinstalled windows xp pro & then all the programs, etc. Wonder if any correlation or what's up with this noise.

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Is this a Radio Shack . . .

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TRS-80? There is no fan in this computer.

Hint, hint.

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Computer Model #

In reply to: Is this a Radio Shack . . .

Sorry -- Dell XPS - not sure of model #. It's about 4 years old.

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Most likely a fan

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If it's mostly when you first turn it on but it quiets with time, you've got worn fan bearings. It's possible to lubricate some of these but the cure is temporary. You replace them and it's not difficult. If the noise occurs later after the PC has been on and especially if it's been running hard, it's still the fan but probably because it's trying to remove more heat than usual. Heat sensors in some units are used to control fan speed. The fix is to do a good cleaning. Here's where you get to think inside the box.

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loud noise

In reply to: Most likely a fan

Steven - you're a genious and I thank you so much for your help! Looked clean when I opened the box, but then saw a mountain of hair from my dog behind one of the screens.

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