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Troubling noise

by elmjoe / November 9, 2003 11:32 AM PST

Gateway 500 series, a little over a yr old. Windows XP. Recently begun to get a high pitched whining sound coming from inside the computer itself. I think its either from the HD or a fan but not sure. Too scared to open it up as I'm a relative newbie. NOT affecting performance at all but extremely annoying and also worried it is a sign that some part is going bad. Anyone w/ experience have any idea what the noise could be? Thanx.

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Re:Troubling noise
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 9, 2003 12:01 PM PST
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I'd recommend taking the cover off, clean out the inside with some compressed air, then reconnect the computer and power it up and see if you can identify the source of the sound. The compressed air will help blow all the "gunk" and "dust bunnies" out from inside. If you ID the problem, and it's a fan, then you can usually replace the fan, but it's dependent on how much of a "whine" you're talking about. Most computer fans will start making a little noise after they get some age, so it's not necessarily an issue unless it's quite loud or the computer is starting to reboot on its own, etc. As a precaution, always make good and current backups of your important documents.

And remember, if you need some help, there are usually quite a few good local shops around.

Hope this helps.


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Re: Troubling noise
by Rangerbob357 / November 1, 2004 9:28 PM PST
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Desktop computers in general are accessable by pulling or sliding off one side panel or the other. Look for two screw or (screw type) on the back of your computer horizontally holding the side panel. Turn off and unplug your computer" If'n you've not any canned air avalible you can take a small brush and gently clean the fan blades and the inside lips that surround the blades themselves. You should blow with you mouth at least to get any residue out of the blades area. Next gently brush around on on accessable areas of the board and the various cards if'n any (sound,modem,ethernet cards etc...)"carefully untill most all of the dust is at the bottem of the case, damp tissues or paper towels will ususally suffice in picking all dusties up. This is only a temp. job untill you can get some compressed air to it. Re-plug computer and turn it on, if noise is gone. Replace panels and screws. And vola! you should business. If noise is not gone try and listen as carefully as possible to at least what side of the case the noise is coming from. If'n you can hear it pretty good from the outside with case close it should easily direct you with ear near the inside of case. Good Luck!!

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Bob, Just Curious Here....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 2, 2004 12:10 AM PST
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...Why answer a post from a year ago? You had to do some serious searching to find this post. "Elmjoe" has only posted once and hasn't been back since.


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