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Dell Inspiron 1525 Dual Core fan making way too much noise. Need to repair ASAP. This laptop use to be my old job's service computer before I quit and because I had it all set up with dual system boot and my personal stuff I chose to buy a new and give it to them as an exchange set up for their needs before I left; now after a while this one the fan is make excessive noise and the only documentation I have is of the new one I bought which still under warranty as well but diffferent serials of course so I'm afraid to take it in anywhere for repair and now have to fix it myself. I'm computer literate but always worked and fixed desktops and never a laptop so i'm a little scared and i use this computer constantly so i can't do without it. Please help!!! This computer is less than a year old and bought from Best Buy which are going out of business anyways. Live in a little town so there are limited resources. Thank you in advance, yours truly. Willie

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  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    I had this laptop for 13 months. I don't remember the fan running constantly and making this rattling crinkling noise before. In Feb. Dell had a tech come out to replace palm rest, I don't think it is connected to anything he did. I just started to notice the fan noise last week. I have the last update for BIOS and that did not help.

  • wonderer896 Apr 28, 2009

    I have the same problem. Unfortunately, the Dell Customer Service constantly refuses to repair it. They say it is perfectly normal. I don't think it is: after all, it is a Core 2 Duo! It should not get so hot so quickly!
    They have no solution so they claim there is no problem.
    I am never going to buy a Dell again. Never!


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The fan sould be repairable. I know Best Buy isn't going out of business anytime soon (unless they are shutting down down a store in your area) but Circuit City is. You can contact Dell as well using the 800 number and give them the service tag number on the computer. That way you can see if its still under warranty.

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