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My Mac OSX is making an on-off-on whirring noise; like the internal fan going wrong! Any ideas?

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Rfgeneral reply; no, I am not sure it is the fan - no idea, really - have little knowlege of computers to  be able make an intelligent guess!

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

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Fans are active coolers and will only spin up when needed.ie when hot, as the fan cools the components the core temp drops and the fans will slow down. Are you sure its the fans sometimes the dvd drive spins up for no reason....

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My computer makes a highish pitched whirring noise every time it has to do something slightly difficult, typically a video or interactive things. What is it and can I fix it?


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The whirring sound could mean the computer is running pretty warm and the fan is working hard to cool it. Or your fan is flat out going bad in which case replace it. One thing you might try is to get a can of compressed air (BlowOff) and see if you can get some dust out that may make you computer run cooler and your fan run smoother.
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It sounds like you have a hard disk drive that's going bad. Take it to a computer expert and have them check it. The "clicks and whirs" might also be a cooling fan going bad.

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Louder whirring noise when turning on computer


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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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!

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Hi - I have only had my Lacie 500g Hard disk for a few weeks and out of nowhere it will no longer register on my Mac when plugged in. Upon turning it on it makes a whirring noise and the occasional single...


Try it out with another computer and see if it's working or not, if not try with a spare usb cable because maybe that's the case or try it out with a different kind of cable if possible like esata or firewire if possible, if still nothing, than bring it back to the shop in warranty, and maybe consider to try to get a different drive wich is made by the manufacturer who did the HDD inside it.
You can find Seagate, Western Digital and Maxtor (Maxtor is owned by Seagate) for soure.
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The computer makes a whirring sound intermitten, when it is off or on?


The whirring sound you hear may be a cooling fan, but you should only hear it when the computer is on. Here is an easy way to check: wait for the computer to turn off, and when you hear the noise press the enter key. If the computer turns on then it weasn't really off. It was sleeping. If it is a cooling fan, you can clean that yourself with a can of compressed air which you can buy a Walmart Target Big-K, or any computer store. Use the small plastic hose or pipe to blow the air through the fans in the back of the computer. Its most likely, dust/smoke/pet hair. No problem.

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