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My Dell Dimension E510 is making a "whirring" noise. It whirls loudly when I turn it on, like something inside is struggling to get up to speed. The computer takes more time than usual to become operable and open programs. Then with the computer on, the "whirring" comes and goes, it is more quite, but more uneven. Sounds like it's going fast sometimes, then speeds up and back and forth. I've opened the computer and cleaned the dust out of it. That didn't help. HELP. VHS

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  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    Thanks Crayzeetrayn -- I already did open the box and clean it out with high pressure air. any other ideas. V.

  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2009

    I dust out the processor fan and it still makes plenty noise. What can i do next

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So what could make "whirring" sounds in a computer? Motors. What has motors? Fans, Hard Disc Drives, Floppy Drives and CD/DVD ROM Drives. I can't think of anything else. It doesn't sound like a CD/DVD/Floppy drive because you would only hear the noise when it is being used. You blew out the dust but that didn't help? So either a fan is going bad or the HDD is going bad. Listen inside the case and see if you can pinpoint where the noise is. If you can get your hands on a stethoscope use that. If it is the fan in the power supply it would probably be easiest to replace the power supply. The other fans are easy and cheap to replace. If the noise is from the HDD back up your data ASAP and go shopping for a new one. It can not be repaired. If it is the cooling fan for the processor replace that quick too because if it dies you could burn up the processor. Good thing you caught this before damage is done. I will assume this is not some sort of interference coming through the speakers but stranger things have happened. Also check to see if anything inside the case, like wires, might be brushing against the the blades on one of the fans. That is all I can think of right now.

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I would check the CPU fan, if you can "clean" is with high pressure air that may be your problem, also the power supply fan do the same with

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