I am trying to figure out what component is so loud in an older computer. I'm hoping to be able to fix or replace the component.
The computer is a 2003 Dell Dimension 4600 with a Celeron processor. I'm not sure how many fans it has and it's inconvenient at this point to take it apart just to look.
When the computer is on with Windows running, something inside is very loud. When it crashes and I get a BSOD, the computer is very quiet. At that point, I have to press and hold the power button until the computer turns off. When it reboots, it becomes very loud again.
It's obvious it's not the PSU fan. But I don't know what components would stop running during/after a BSOD. Can anyone help me with this? My guess is that it's probably a fan. But can a hard drive be really loud too?