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Loud whine gives us headaches

We usually use mac laptops, but I needed a PC laptop for work. I bought a used one loaded with software, and it seemed great, but it emits a very loud high-pitched whine that gives my husband and I headaches.

Any suggestions? I've heard it might be a CPU unit...I'm not even sure how to open the laptop to take a look inside.

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  • kaloveah Sep 12, 2008

    It's not the main fan. I checked that.

    I have heard that there may be another fan with the CPU unit? I'm not sure how to check that.

    People have told me I can replace the hard drive pretty easily. Any ideas on what that might cost?



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There are two possible things it could be, either a fan is giving the whining noise or it's the hard drive. Locate the fan on the underside and put your ear near to see if it's coming from there. If it is, the fan needs to be replaced.
If it's not the fan then it's probably the hard drive and I would not think it is going to last much longer.

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  • Joshua Blaine
    Joshua Blaine Sep 16, 2008

    A hard drive would cost from 50 to 180 dollars depending on the size you purchased. Keep in mind if you replace your hard drive you will need to have a backup of all your data for all the data is stored on the hard drive.

    It is possible there is another fan. I would suggest you get a qualified technician to open up the laptop to check that out.


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