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noisy computer & zip drive question

by Kelray / December 17, 2004 3:34 AM PST

I have two questions here.
1.the last couple days when I turn my computer on it is making a very bad noise. It sounds to me like something has a bad bearing or something. The computer boots up fine and the noise gradually goes away after a minute or two. I have never had a problem with the hard drive on a computer before.I am just wondering with this vague description if somebody would have an idea what might be going wrong. I am hoping it is just the cooling fan going bad. But like I say I've never had a hard drive go bad so maybe it is that. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

2.I think I know the answer to this, but since I am writing I might as well ask to make sure. A friend of mine just gave me an external Iomega zip drive. It is one that uses a parallel cable. On the back there are two parallel connectors. One labeled zip and the other labeled computer. When I am hooking it up I assume I should run the parallel cable from the computer to the zip connector right. I assume the connector labeled computer is for me to hook a printer or something to.

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Bad fan
by Yew / December 17, 2004 6:37 AM PST

First thing you need to do is open the case and try to figure out which fan is making the noise. It could be either the CPU fan or (one of) the case fan(s). You can just stick your finger into the case fan(s) to stop them for a bit (it won't hurt unless for some reason yours is metal), and see if that stops the noise.

DO NOT do the same thing to the CPU fan, because that could damage the CPU. If it's not the case fan(s), then it's probably the CPU fan, and you'll need to buy a replacement. If you have any kind of warranty on your system, this would be a good time to use it.

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fan noise?
by Kelray / December 20, 2004 4:39 AM PST
In reply to: Bad fan

a fan going bad will only make noise at boot up? The noise only lasts for a minute or two when I first turn the computer on. I haven't turned the computer off for four days and haven't heard one noise.

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Wrong Zip.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2004 6:47 AM PST

The only reason for that old parallel port Zip drive is if you absolutely must read an old Zip 100MB diskette.

Do not inflict this slug on your system...


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similar problem here
by bonz / December 19, 2004 11:14 AM PST

My CPU fan was slowing down and speeding up and making a bad bearing grinding noise. I replaced the fan. A day or to later the problem started again. It ran like this for a couple of weeks. Today it completely stopped! I swaped in the old fan it doesn't run either. I have heard this could be a power supply problem or a bios problem, but the rest of the machine works fine. I did a voltage check and got 5V Red to Black. 5V Yellow to Black and 0.22V yellow to red. Is there something on the motehrboard that regulates the speed of the fan? What is the yellow wire for? The old computer had only two wires.

HP pavillion 7440
Celeron 766Mhz
win XP Pro
MB: Cognac 20000731 Mat no: 115661

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Bad Noise
by lucy-ann / December 28, 2004 11:07 PM PST

Dear Kelray:
The situation you describe is exactly what
I am observing with my P4 desktop PC.
The loud groaning sound is heard only
at boot up.
I am curious to know if you have solved
your noise problem.

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