Posted 24 March 2009 - 09:45 PM
Lately my computer(HP)runs "hard" or loud at times. The sound is hard to explain, kind of like the noise the CD/DVD drive makes. I can't tell if that's what it is or if it's something else. Last night it started doing it...it would start making the running noise for maybe a minute then it would stop maybe for 5 minutes and start up again. It did this until I finally shut it off completely. Tonight I opened it and disconnected the plastic plug that goes to the CD/DVD drive. I didn't disconnect the ribbon connection though because I really didn't know what I was doing.
I've been using the computer now for the last 2-3 hours and it hasn't had the noise(yet). While I had the computer open I did notice one of the fans was really dirty so I cleaned it and cleaned some of the dust out along with the vents. If the fan is dirty, real dirty, could that cause the computer to run hard and surge like I described? One of the fans, I would describe it as the middle fan, had a lot of dust on it and around it.
This has been going on for a couple months, off and on. I hope I explained this all right. Thanks.
Btw, I still have the plastic plug off of the CD/DVD drive.
HP Pavillion a1723w, 820 dual-core processor, 250 G hard drive, 3 G RAM
Windows Vista Home Premium
Norton 360, Windows Defender, Webroot SpySweeper, AVG Anti-Spyware Free Edition, Spybot S&D
Altec Lansing Sound Speakers