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#1 socom 004

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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. :thumbsup:
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.
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 09:47 PM

Check your fans for play in the shafts, if they are noisy they are on their way out.!

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 09:50 PM

The fans are working. One of them had a lot of dirt built up on it and around it though. I cleaned it and it'd running o.k..
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:31 PM

I opened it up again and cleaned the 3 fans. Two of them were real dirty and the screens/filters were clogged. I blew everything clean with some compressed air spray. While I was in there I added 2 more G's of RAM. So far it's been doing fine plus I can tell the difference in the added RAM. Thanks for the help. I learned a lesson...CLEAN MY COMPUTER.
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