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Louder whirring noise when turning on computer

I'm getting a louder whirring type noise when turning on my emachine computer. Is this possibly dirt build up on the hard drive fan?

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Trumpjd,
Usually on startup the fans work a little harder then slow down. On newer computers they still have noticable fan noise. Most of what ou hear while the machine is running after start up is the power supply fan. When it starts to go bad you'll hear it all the time.
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I have an acer aspire ax5900. The video card fan vibrates loudly for the first 10 minutes after start up. I am told I need a new video card. Is this correct and where is the best place to get one?


Your Acer Aspire, like any other desktop computer system, contains fans inside the case to help vent the heat generated by the internal components.
These fans generally operate quietly and reliably, working in the background to prevent your computer from overheating.
A fan that sounds excessively loud could indicate a problem such as overheating or loose internal components, or it could simply be a normally loud fan.
The key to differentiating between the two involves looking for additional clues from your computer.
Normal Operation
Due to computer configuration and build quality, the fans in some desktops sound louder than others.
Depending on what other brands of computers you've owned or have had experience with, the fan in the Acer may sound louder, when it's actually functioning perfectly.
The fan will run to keep the inside of the computer from overheating, so periodic runs are normal. If the fan runs for long periods or very often, you may have a deeper problem.
Fan Damage and Overheating
A fan can sound loud due to damage, such as broken blades or to a build-up of dirt that impedes normal operation.
This dirt, as well as normal wear and usage, can wear away the lubricant coating on the fan's internal shaft, causing the blades to make excessive noise as they turn. In many cases, a loud fan indicates that the computer is overheating, causing the fan to run more often than usual to try and cool the system.
Depending on the types of components and upgrades within your Acer computer, your current fan may be too small and weak to handle the heat output, and require upgrading to a larger, more powerful fan.
Troubleshooting
Take note of when the fan turns on and how long it runs to determine any distinct patterns, whether if it occurs only during certain processes or programs.
Your computer's CPU generates a large amount of heat while in operation, so programs that require large amounts of CPU usage may trigger the fan more often.
Watch for additional signs of overheating, such as sudden shutdowns or computer crashes. Check inside the case for signs of other components touching the fan and causing vibration noise.
Solution
Do not overtax the CPU by opening numerous processor-intensive programs at once.
Check that all screws, cards and wires are securely fastened and away from the fan.
Keep your computer clean inside and out, to prevent the build-up of dirt on the fan blades or air vents and minimize the threat of overheating.
Apply a drop of oil to your fan's shaft to give it proper lubrication and smooth, quiet rotation of the blades.
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/quiet-noisy-computer-fans-with-a-drop-of-oil/5034842

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If its a loud "whirring" noise almost grindy...you need to replace that fan...it's about to fail. if it's a vibration type of noise, you should try tightening the screws first...if it's coming from processor fan, replace it before you fry your processor...

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Fan on emachine is making noise. HOw do I fix it?


Sometimes dust accumulates on the fan and cause and imbalance. try blowiing dust out with a can of duster spray, and/or vacuum the vent where the fan exhausts. If all else fails, you can replace the fan by disconnecting it from the motherboard (only try this if your are comfortable working inside a computer). the fan is rated dy the size and rpm/cfm. you can usually order on by entering the fan's model number online.. otherwise find a computer parts store (even Best Buy carries some fans)

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this is most likely tye power supply which should be checked -should cure it.

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My niece just called and her emachines w3507 doesn't boot,the light on the front lights and a fan comes on a little louder than normal but nothing else happens,no harddrive light or noise ,screen says no...


start ur computer press F8 rapidly if popup menu came then goto safe mode,if not then u have a problem in ur ram.but u say its giving no signal thats mean vga resolution may be not compatable with ur monitor.go to safe mode and remove ur vga driver and restart ur pc if u have a vga problem.
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Loud noise when turning on my computer


THIS IS NORMAL!!!
When the machine boots up the fans are running at full speed, and after a moment the bios loads teh power management that lowers the fans to the needed speeds. If you tax your computer the fans will speed up to compensate for the heat produced and will get louder then as well...
The larger and more powerful your CPU and Video Card the louder the startup will be. Some of the newest quad core computers with high dollar vido cards will sound like a jet taking off when starting up, I know mine does!

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Your emachines eMachines T1100 only supports modules made with a specific type of chip. Should you find what seems to be the exact same memory elsewhere for a lower price, it is very possible that the cheaper memory will not work in your computer. From what I see you should use straight PC-133 Try a site like Kahlon.com-they make sure it works with your computer as would kingston or corsair...
Your maximum amount of ram is only 256mb total.
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When I turn on my emachine computer, I now get a louder whirring noise. Is this dirt accumulation on the hard drive fan?


Well there is no fan on the actual Harddive Fans, Unless you mean the PC Case fans, in which dust built up on it wouldn't make a loud whirring noise. If it is, it's because the fan's ballbearings are bad and you need to replace it.
The harddrive is a Small rectangular silver or black box on the inside of the case towards the front. If the loud noises have started coming from there then the Harddrive is going bad, and you might want to back up your data immediatly.

Post any comments for further help, hope this answers your question. Feel free to leave positive feedback, and thank you for stopping by Fixya!

Jan 09, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Hi Che,
There are a variety of issues regarding a computer not booting up. There are hardware and software issues associated with it. You can approach the problem through the following steps:

1. Clean your unit with a soft brush, avoiding too much pressure applied to the sensitive components. See if the cards inside your computer are free of dust. Brush off dust from the cards and your mainboard.
2. You may remove the cards (video card, memory modules, sound card, LAN card, etc.) from their slots and reinsert them. Interfacing parts tend to be clogged with dirt through time. Just make sure you have removed static electrical charges in your body by placing your hands on the sides of your CPU. Hold the cards by their edges.
3. Make sure that all connections are firmly plugged.

If this doesn't work, you can try booting your computer using a bootable disc (such as those used in installing OS) and choose repair. When the c: prompt appears, type scandisk (for Windows 98) or chkdsk (for Windows XP). Once it's done, this should repair boot problem.

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Whenever I use my Maxtor Onetouch 3 I have quite a loud whirring noise with it.


This is probably normal, some hard drives are noisier than
others, and the tend to get louder as they get older.

The old Maxtor drives were very loud and quite unreliable,
but I have not tested their new ones.
(once burned, twice shy)

Personally I prefer Seagate. I have 8 Seagate drives in a single
machine including a RAID, and they perform very well.

They are also much quieter than Western digital or Maxtor.

Finally, whirring is OK, grinding is not. If it is louder than
you feel comfortable with, erase is with a secure file wiper,
such BC wipe by Best Crypt, and then take it back to where
you bought it (give them hell)

Also if the drive suddenly got a lot louder than it was before,
this could mean that the spindle bearings are gone and you
need to replace it before you loose all data on it.

Also, if this is used only as a backup drive, as the manufacturer
intended, then you should power it down when you are not using it.

Before turning of the power switch on the drive, though, make
sure that Windows has completed and committed all the
pending write-back cycles. Click on the green arrow on
you task-bar /icon tray: and click "Safely Remove Drive"
windows will then tell you when its safe to turn off the drive.

Hope this helps, please rate my answers.

Martin

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