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Old 01-03-2018, 09:17 PM
 
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Basically the fan has just gotten really loud, loud like a string trimmer loud. And the fan runs a lot more than usual lately. Is this okay or is their anyway to fix this?
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:21 PM
 
Location: East Flatbush, Brooklyn
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It sounds like your computer is overheating.

Open the case and make sure that any vents and the fans themselves are clear of any dust.

Make sure all your fans are working.

If all else fails, it could be that the thermal paste has dried out (causing the CPU to overheat) and you need to add some new paste.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:13 PM
 
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Basically the fan has just gotten really loud, loud like a string trimmer loud. And the fan runs a lot more than usual lately. Is this okay or is their anyway to fix this?
If everything is clean take the sticker off it or poke a hole the center, there is usually a hole there in the fan. Place the fan or the computer in a position so the hole is upward and put wd-40 in it but you need to be careful, you only need a little bit. Let ti sit for about 1/2 hour. Fans are pretty cheap, you can just buy one.I've done that before and it keeps them quiet for a while.

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Old 01-04-2018, 06:25 AM
 
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Which fan? Case or processor?
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Towson, MD
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Check if it's the power supply fan - if so, back up everything ASAP and shop for a new power supply. Once these start grinding, they aren't long for the world. Matter of fact, when ANY fan or other component starts acting up, prepare for the worst and take a complete backup.

Only then, open the case and check for dust.
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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If everything is clean take the sticker off it or poke a hole the center, there is usually a hole there in the fan. Place the fan or the computer in a position so the hole is upward and put wd-40 in it but you need to be careful, you only need a little bit. Let ti sit for about 1/2 hour.
^^^^^This^^^^^ often works.

Also, clean off any caked up gunk that may be on the fan blades, which can throw them out of balance.
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Old 01-04-2018, 02:02 PM
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Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC
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Desktop or laptop? My Acer laptop does this when there's an update pending and I've ignored it too long (I turned off my update notifications at some point, so it's easy for me to overlook them). Once I go in and get everything up to date, it goes away.
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:11 PM
 
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I agree to see which fan it is first - CPU, power supply or case fan.

If CPU fan (and it's spinning), it could be heat-related. Smaller fans are generally noisier.

If it's a power supply fan, I agree, replace the power supply.

If you think it's a case fan, try unplugging it from the motherboard first and see if the noise goes away. If so, then buy a replacement. I'm a big fan of Noctua fans (expensive but quiet).

And if it's a laptop ignore the above My MacBook Pro's fan kicks on for a while when I'm doing heavy processing or looking at it the wrong way. I can never figure out exactly why.
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:29 PM
 
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Check for a wire that has dropped across it. Makes quite a racket. This assumes a desktop.
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:32 AM
 
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Check for a wire that has dropped across it. Makes quite a racket. This assumes a desktop.
Good point...that sure gives you the "string trimmer" sound!
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