My desktop tower is making squeaking and grunting noises -- could this be the hard drive needing replacement? Here's a video of the noises: https://youtu.be/rdZHlTXmHhE
Hard drive is 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
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Posted 07 July 2017 - 11:55 AM
it is more likely to be a fan,
cpu/processor fan, a case venting fan, or your power supply fan
Posted 07 July 2017 - 12:05 PM
Hmmm. That doesn't seem to explain the grunting. And wouldn't the fans start when I power on? The squeaking doesn't begin until a bit in -- like around when the Windows login screen pops up.
Posted 07 July 2017 - 12:10 PM
fans can grunt pretty dang loud when they start failing
Edited by mikey11, 07 July 2017 - 12:10 PM.
Posted 07 July 2017 - 12:12 PM
Didn't realize that. Is there a way to test and see which fan it could be?
Posted 07 July 2017 - 12:59 PM
just open up the side and listen,
it should be pretty easy to tell,
you could use a pencil or a pen and stick it into the fan blades to stop each fan for a couple of seconds to see if the noise goes away, then you know thats the one,
however if you stop the cpu fan for too long it will overheat and the computer will shut off....leave that one till last
if i had to bet money i would say CPU fan is most likely
Edited by mikey11, 07 July 2017 - 01:03 PM.
Posted 07 July 2017 - 03:21 PM
You could also stop the fan OR unplug the FAN power cable in the case to see if it stops.
Or use one of those fan control applications to slow the speed down. It how i disabled one of my fans after it started to failed (and can't be replaced)
Posted 07 July 2017 - 05:36 PM
OK, I pulled apart and checked. Appears to be the video card fan. Can the fan be replaced separately? Or does this require a new video card?
normally they can be replaced if you can find one, i don't know the model of your card
those fans can normally be removed and cleaned along with the heat sink,
if you remove the heat sink you will need to apply new thermal paste before you reinstall it,
however, the fan itself may be defective....i can't tell from here
at this point you dont have anything to lose by removing the fan and trying to clean it up
Edited by mikey11, 07 July 2017 - 05:41 PM.
Posted 07 July 2017 - 05:55 PM
Posted 07 July 2017 - 06:05 PM
Video card is GeForce® GTX 960 4GB GDDR5 (Maxwell) [+62] (Single Card)
i have no experience with that particular model,
however, i have seen many GeForce cards....i have never seen one where the fan could NOT be removed,
generally they are held on there with 3-4 very tiny phillips screws
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