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Dell Dimension running EXTREMELY loud!


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#1 liammkelly

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:37 AM

Hello all,

I have a Dell Dimension 3000 which I am using as a media center. By virtue of the way my TV room is set up, the TV and desktop are on a media center shelf and therefore ventilation is very poor. The problem has gotten progressively worse.. the machine performs just fine but the fan sounds like a jet engine running. I have cleaned the interior with compressed air a number of times, but the best I have ever done is a minor improvement which only lasted a week or so.

I am certainly open to purchasing a different type of cooling mechanism but I have gathered that these bottom-end Dell towers are among the least modifiable machines out there. Any suggestions, either for improving what I have or for buying and installing something that will help? Thanks!!!

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 11:00 AM

Run a full virus scan
Check for malware with a utility like Malwarebytes

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti...4-10804572.html

If neither of those help unplug & disconnect the computer, open the case, & inspect the inside to see if it is dirty .
[Heatsink on the CPU clogged up, front air intake dirty, rear exhaust fan clogged/not working.]
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 05:02 PM

Since you have cleaned your computer already and determined that dust is not the problem. You may want to upgrade the stock cooler with a better one. When you purchased the computer what processor did you choose? There are also other fan options you can go with, and there is also the option of purchasing a new case with better cooling options.
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#4 liammkelly

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:27 PM

Since you have cleaned your computer already and determined that dust is not the problem. You may want to upgrade the stock cooler with a better one. When you purchased the computer what processor did you choose? There are also other fan options you can go with, and there is also the option of purchasing a new case with better cooling options.


This sounds like more of a reasonable solution, because my understanding is that, like I said, these Dell boxes are not terribly re-configurable. Where could I look to see what new cases would be compatible with the guts of my Dell?

Thanks again.
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 04:37 AM

From what I goatherd from the picture of the unit its a standard ATX mini tower. Any case fitting that form factor should work. You can find them on Newegg.com along with different types of CPU coolers. Cases with large 120 MM and larger fans will be quieter than ones with smaller fans. The 120mm fans operate at a lower RPM and create less noise. You could always go with a liquid cooling system.
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:44 AM

One alternative

http://www.xoxide.com/sounabmat.html

http://www.acousticpc.com/acousti_products...urpose_use.html
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 06:52 PM

Let me add to my other post a bit
This is not sheet insulation, but rather a sound-deadening material
It is a very porous foam designed specifically for computer noise
Another supplier
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l1/g7/Sound_Dampening.html
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 06:54 PM

:thumbsup:

Any progress on finding that processor Make and model liammkelly?
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#9 liammkelly

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 05:59 AM

:thumbsup:

Any progress on finding that processor Make and model liammkelly?


The processor is a Celeron D 320 / 2.53 GHz...

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 02:35 PM

Sigh. After an extensive cleanup effort with some compressed air, the situation was only briefly improved and hours later we're back to listening to a 747. I'm curious about the idea of a fanless cooling system. Are there options for a configuration like this one?

Thanks all!

L




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