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Question: Solved: Which Fan is Whirring/Grinding?

I have four fans in my computer: one in the power supply, one in the processor, one on the back of the casing and one in my video card. At least one of them is making a horrible grinding or whirring noise when I switch it on first thing in the morning. It goes away after the computer has warmed up a bit and doesn't come back for the rest of the day, even if I power off for a while and power back on a bit later. It'll be back next morning though.

I've tried opening up the computer while the fan is making this sound and having a good listen but I can't tell for the life of me which fan it is. Does anyone know if there's a technique to find the dodgey fan amongst many fans? I tried searching on google but it always just returns results on how to fix fans or what to do in the case of discovering a noisy fan (but not how to distinguish which fan it is). My friend suggested sticking the end of a pencil in each fan while they're spinning to test and see if the noise stops but I don't like this idea, it sounds dangerous. I don't want to get electrocuted or damage the fans.

I did also try removing any dust from each fan (impossible for the PSU fan because its inside the PSU) in case that was the cause but nope, it still happens.

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Answer: Solved: Which Fan is Whirring/Grinding?

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I am, for the first time, trying to use Windows DVD maker to burn a dvd made with Windows Movie Maker. I am using a Sony dvd+r disk. It makes a spinning and whirring noise--fairly loud!--and then it just sat there. I finally took it out and then put it back and tried to format it. That failed.
I'l love any info you can give. I have:
Pavilion a6607c
Running Vista
It is less than two years old.

Answer:Solved: spinning and whirring noise with dvd drive

Try using a few other DVD`s to either burn or just read and if you get no joy from any of them, it`s possible the drive itself is faulty.

If the others work okay, then you could have a dirty or faulty disk but in either case, it wouldn`t be a bad thing to run a drive cleaner which would make sure the `magic eye` is free from dust and debris.


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I have a Gateway with XP running on it. It is three years old. About once an hour all of a sudden I will hear this whirring noise that will over the next 15-20 seconds sound like it is slowing down and getting lower in pitch and then will just suddenly dissapears. It doesn't interfere with any activity I am working on. Totally random if I am doing anything or the desktop is up in resting state. Sounding like rotational noise I thought for sure it was my hard disk, but just replaced with new (no change). I have both cd drives open and empty and a blank disk in zip drive. Thats all that I can think of that is rotational. Must be something else that would growl back. Open for any ideas before it shuts down competely and I have not located the source. Taking all ideas! Thanks

Answer:Solved: Grinding whir

something getting in / against fan ?

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Hi all,

Not long ago (a couple of weeks ago) out of the blue my PC started severely slowing down...

Opening new web pages, switching windows even changing song on media player seems to grind the whole machine to a halt and a few mins later it does what I asked it.

I've run a couple of virus scans (which found nothing) and also cleaned spyware, but neither helped at all. Also, I've run a couple of registry checkers and repaired any problems that they found...but again no help at all.

When I first start the PC, it works as fast as normal for about 10mins or so...but after this, I cant even right click without having to wait ages.

Temperatures seem fine, and from the looks of things, there's plenty of memory available when the slowing down happens (tho it feels exactly as if all memory is being used up at that time)
Just wondering what anyone would suggest the next step is...I'm trying to work on some web design stuff which is impossible when changing between windows takes forever!!

Any ideas will be more than welcome!!


Answer:Solved: Repeatedly grinding to a halt...

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I've recently seen this file called COH32.exe in processes list using 100% CPU and it cannot be ended or prioritized. This happens every day and I have to wait 10 mins for it to finish. Please help me, I have XP SP2, NIS 2007.

Answer:Solved: COH32.exe grinding PC to halt


COH32.exe is linked with Norton.

Try uninstalling Norton and re-installing again.
Norton Removal Tool

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Right, got a brand new pc 2 weeks ago. Been really lovely to me so far, apart from the HDD grinding..
I've looked through the whole interwebs and a bit more but none on the solutions has helped me! I've disabled Super fetch and Windows search which helped a little. But i still hear grinding from my harddrive? is it just my case (ive removed the harddrive screws)?
I've been looking into the Reliabilty and Performance monitor and it looks like Svchost.exe is causing the problems.
Trying to get screenshots of it (in the reli and perfor montior) but for some reason its being quite quiet! Bah!

Light grinding
Semi grinding
Semi grinding 2
My system specs:
OS: Windows Vista 64 Ultimate

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (2400 MHz)
GPU processor: GeForce 8800 GTS 512 512mb
Motherboard: eVGA 780i SLI
RAM: 2 x 2gb OCZ Reaper PC2-6400
Soundcard: Creative X-FI ExtremeMusic
HDD: 750gb WesternDigital CavierSE16

Is there any other information i can give?
Thanks a lot!

Answer:Harddrive grinding and grinding and gri....

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My desktop computer is connected to my wireless router by an ethernet connection. When I visit certain sites it takes quite a long time to load. It usually happens with videos or forums containing pictures or animated gifs. When I go to a website and run a test on my internet connection you see that it starts off with a fast connection and the speed decreases fairly quickly until it is barely registers any speed at all. Download speeds seem most affected. The same thing occurs with all my browsers (firefox, internet explorer and google chrome). I can download videos off the internet but it is a laborious process. I start downloading the video and it slows down dramatically after each megabyte or so. If I push the pause button and refresh the download it will download the next megabyte and so on.

Now if I connect my laptop to the wireless I experience no problems at all. I don't think I have a virus since I have scanned my computer several times and have detected nothing.

Please help.

Answer:Solved: Odd internet problem - slows to a grinding halt with pics and videos

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I am using a dell 510. After 20-30 min, the hd makes an unusual low grinding noise, and windows get slower and slower to respond, and almost freezes. This happens with certain programs open. Could anyone tell me what these symptoms are. Thank you

Answer:Solved: Help Needed - hard disk grinding noice, windows freezes

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Hey, everyone. I'm a first time poster but I feel that posting here will bring me far more useful answers than calling tech support.

My computer is a Compaq Windows Vista, Basic Home Edition. It's got 2.50 GHz of RAM and is fairly new in my opinion, purchased in the spring of 07. It has only one PS fan from the looks of it, the one facing the back to suck air out.

Shortly (guessing 3 months) after the purchase of my new computer, the Power Supply failed, and I had it sent off to the manufacturer for two weeks to be replaced. Since then it has been running very smoothly.

About a week prior to this occurrence, my computer made a similar noise (to the beginning of the video, link provided below) and more central in the computer. This was due to a dust build-up, which I cleaned out thoroughly. It was fine after that.

The matter at hand: This morning I turned on my computer to find it making ungodly grinding noises, coming from specifically the back of it. I turned it off and opened it up, cleaned out any remaining dust from the last time and turned it on with the side panel off to watch the fans. After listening and turning it off the second time, I decided it was coming from the power supply, since I'd realized that this was the only location I hadn't cleaned the last time.

I cleaned it with compressed air as carefully as I could, but there wasn't that much dust inside of it, nor on the fan. I turned it on a third time and the noises had quieted dow... Read more

Answer:Solved: Power Supply Fan Making Grinding Noises (video included)

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My computer is very old and I realize that may be part of my problem. However, my computer is always grinding away (even when I am not using it). I have seen in a lot of different posts where people have been advised to run that Hijack log, and then copy and paste it here and someone will take a look at it. I am not familiar with the Hijack program and have never used it but was wondering if someone could advise me how to do this and take a look at the file. I probably have a ton of stuff that could be removed, but I am too paranoid to do it without advice. I have previously disabled a bunch of my Startup programs and have also not allowed Automatic Updates on some programs, they must notify me that a download is ready first.

If someone could help me with my old dinosaur of a computer I would really appreciate it!


Answer:Solved: Computer is constantly "grinding"

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Question: Fan Whirring

Hey, my CPU fan is making a loud whirring noise. Bad? 7-year old computer. New PSU or CPU fan? This is my parents computer. They wont buy a new one. They dont need one. Just help get rid of the sound!

Also, when does BTX and PCI-Xpress come out?

Answer:Fan Whirring

You can get a new fan for the cpu but you will need to know which cpu you have(Manufacterer, socket type). They are not that expensive and a lot cheaper than a burnt out cpu. I would repace it as soon as possible.

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When I first boot up my computer, i hear this really weird and loud whirring sound. After a little while ( a few min) it goes away. Is this serious?

Answer:Odd Whirring sounds

Hi Jordian

Yes it could be serious. Its probably one of your fans inside the case. Take the side off your case and listen to see if you can pinpoint where the sound s comes from. Also pysically look at the fans inside the case. I would check the CPU/Video card/power supply and any case fans. If its a fan that is going bad and it stops it may cause overheating and shut down your system. It may also cause failure to the hardware if it overheats

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Question: Whirring Sound?

Last night I went to download the update for WoW. Anyway, my hard drive and fan seemed to be spinning very high. Towards the end of the download, I heard a "whirring" or "whistling" sound, which sort of faded in, got a little loud, and then faded out. It did it about 3 different times, but hasn't done it since. Is this an indication that something is wrong with my hard drive? Or could it have been the cooling fan? My first hard drive that crashed would give me a clicking sound, but this was a high-pitched whirr or whistle. Any ideas?

Answer:Whirring Sound?

put your hands near the fan when its on, does it feel really hot or just warm?
if its really hot, then its the fan or heatsink

i wouldn't think its the hard drive making that sound, but i could be wrong.
is the side case screwed on tightly?

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So my wife's computer is now no longer opening anything or if it does, it takes forever. Instead after it boots up it, you try to open a file, etc. and instead of doing it, it will "whir" in a cycle over and over like it is trying to do something but nothiing ever happens.  Is it beyond repair? or should I go to the expense of paying for an "expert" to look at it? She is very frustrated (understandable).

Answer:Whirring in a Cycle...

What is make/model of computer and do you still have system recovery disc's for it?

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Question: Whirring Noise

I have read the thread on the possibility of this issue being a dirty fan. I have cleaned the whole fan area & all other areas that I am able to do so in. I have also tightened any screws which may have been loose in conjunction with this issue. The whirring sound is not always present. Many times it will take 15 to 20 minutes for it to begin. As a test, I have laid the unit on it's side when the whirring noise occurs. When I do this, the noise ceases. This is not my primary computer but I use it as a backup to my windows 7. It is a Dell, E521 with the following:AMD Athlon Processor- 3500 2.2gh958 MB Ram32 Bit Operating SystemWindows VistaI am hoping someone can give me a definitive answer as to whether this is definitely a fan issue or could be something else. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Whirring Noise

Run the system with the cover off and see if you can identify the location of the noise. Be careful not to touch anything inside while it is plugged in to power.

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Hi there, My pc is 3 years old now and have just noticed the cooling fan (or a fan) is experiencing small surges.One becomes accustomed to the noise of a fan after a while so im pretty sure its never done this before.As frequent has once or twice a minute, even when idling, it will raise (tonewise) about a semitone for 1 second and resume. Checked my Asus probe software for any emergencies and all apperas normal (altho im no pc wizz!)Is there anything i can do? system restore maybe, i am soon upgrading important hardware and will remormat for good measure anyway so hopefuly it might stop after that.My system is: Mesh computersWin XPASUS a7v333 rev1.01 moboAMD Athlon XP2100+ processorRadeon 9600 AGP640mb ddr-sdram60gig HDD

Answer:Fan whirring, is it dying?

System restore won't have any effect - if you've never noticed fan speeds changing during use, one of the fans is wearing out. You can easily check the PSU fan by taking a look at the back of the PC with the machine switched on. If you're confident taking a panel off the side of the machine, do so and check the CPU fan. Just don't touch anything. I don't mean to be patronising, just a friendly warning.

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Question: whirring noise

I have windows 7 and every few minutes I hear a loud "whirring" sound, my pc freezes, screen gets a white haze over it, says internet explorer has stopped working. Hand symbol appears, cannot do anything. Soon it will say ie has been resolved and I can go back to task.

Answer:whirring noise

what are your specs?

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Occassionally I get a loud whirring sound from the tower. It increases in intensity then subsides. I have opened the tower and dusted in there but that did not help. I reboot with no help. It occurs no matter how long the PC has been on. It occurs whether or not I am connected to the internot or not.
I have an eMachine Model T5048
Windows XP

Can you help?


Answer:Whirring sound in the PC

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I have a Dell Studio 1555 laptop, which is around 3-4 years old. About one month, the fan began to whirr loudly, in and out. I've heard that there are supposedly issues with the way the heatpipe is connected, but I had no problems for almost 4 years. I have already tried using air compression to remove dust, and very hot air comes out of the vent. I also use it on only flat surfaces.

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Question: Whirring noise

Good Morning. My issue is this. Either while the computor is idle, no one on it, or while someone is working on it, at random, the computor sounds like it is powering up, yet there is nothing going on. I have checked task manager for cpu usage, but I keep missing whatever it may be in there if anything at all. I have a good report with adaware and spybot. Avg shows good also. I have no way to check heat temps in case that may be an issue. I have only two fans, one cpu, the other power supply. I keep the dust out of the case on a regular basis. I have no idea where the noise is coming from. It also occurs when a cd, or dvd opens and loads. My machine is a compac presario sr 1800 nx running Windows XP2. Tats about all I can tell you at this time. Would anyone have any ideas on what could be happining. As always, thanks in advance.

Answer:Whirring noise

the computer sounds like it is powering upClick to expand...

It could be a fan speeding up to dissipate heat.
Does the noise sound like a drive spinning or more like a fan?

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Sitting there as usual, looking at email, nothing out of the ordinary,

all of a sudden, from nowhere, LOUD whirring noise coming from CPU.

Never heard this before.

Rebooted---it's gone. Maybe this SSs help, I've never really been one to understand performance data. I've left the PC on for a week- usually shut it down nightly. Could it be the temp?

By thinkbrinke at 2010-05-08

By thinkbrinke at 2010-05-08

Answer:Loud whirring noise

Helllo Eknirb,

From looking at your top image from Task Manager, it looks like you had a spike in CPU usage there for a bit. That spike may have cause your built-in motherboard fan controllers to rev up the CPU fan to keep it cooler with the quick increase (spike) usage.

Monitor your CPU temps to make sure that they are not high or spiking on you as well to be safe. 45C as your showing in the last screenshot is ok. If they are high all the time, the CPU fan or heatsink may be loose, or you may need to clean and replace the thermal past on the CPU heatsink.

If the usage is spiking on you randomly, then you can look under the CPU bar in Resource Monitor to help see what is using so much of the CPU.

Hope this helps,

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Have an old HP M7350n that was beginning to whir loudly especially while playing videos. I opened it and being short on resources but big on confidence, I took a small vacuum and cleaned it out, while unplugged, ensuring not to touch anything with my hand. The heatsink fan had caked dust under the blades so I took Q-tips to loosen it up and got it all out.
Now, it partially boots up but the heatsink fan is now whirring loudly and the CPU is making a beeping noise like something is setting on the keyboard. Nothing got knocked loose, removed, but, I did run the vacuum nozzle brush over the MB and Qtips on the heatsink.

HP m7350n specs attached in pdf and found here:

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PC started up fine.

Loaded fine.

All programs loaded exactly as normal.


and I mean loud.

I shut it down, and rebooted. Nothing again.

Whadya say?

Answer:LOUD whirring noise

Sounds like it might be the fan
Download speed fan and check for overheating

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Hello. I have had my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro for 2.5 years now. It's been a bumpy ride. I love the device, but have had to send it in multiple (5+) times, and last year I had to replace the hard drive myself as my warranty has passed. I am somehow surviving on half the original number of screws, an external adapter for my fickle Wifi, and an external adapter for my sound. What I am not able to tolerate, however, is this new incessant whirring sound from the left fan that started a week ago (and by left, I mean under my left hand on the keyboard). I've cracked open the device to take a peek and nothing seems to be stuck in there. I've used compressed air on it, and nothing's changing. I don't think it's just a mechanical problem, as I've noticed that that fan will be spinning when the other one is not. The whirring sound is driving me nuts to the point where I've wondered if I should just jam the fan and prevent it from working. I've looked at the other forum posts about the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro fan, and nothing seems to click. I've checked the CPU and to give an example, I'm currently at 1% and that fan sounds like it's sprinting. I would love any possible feedback. As a student, I can't realistically look at replacing the device, and it's only lived 1/3 of the lifespan of my previous HP laptop. Thanks in advance.

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So I've got an HP Pavilion dv6 on Windows 7 which I've had for about 2 and a half years. For a while now it's been consistently overheating and making that loud whirring noise the whole time its turned on. I've checked out what processes are going on, I had quite a few programs installed so got rid of some of them, ran malware-bytes anti-malware on it, a whole avg scan and those picked up nothing. As of right now I have 91 processes running, and only chrome open (which uses several.) Is that more than usual? I have disabled some start-up programs. One thing I noticed is that with svchost.exe, there are several running and they can take up to 300,000K for just one. It comes and goes but does anyone know what the reason for this might be? I don't know a lot about what that process does. Most of those 91 are system processes. I am wondering if maybe it's as simple as the fans needing attention, I've never disassembled a laptop before so I'd hand that over to someone who knows what they're doing.

If there's any crucial information I've missed let me know! Hope you can help

Answer:Overheating and whirring - Fans or something else?

your system shouldn't overheat because here are lots of processes running (an yes 91 is quite alot but that depends on what your doing, you should have less than 60).

Overheating is usually down to heat, which is usually caused by dust and unefficient cooling. Whirring fans sounds like they are revving to cool the system down and that could also be down to dust.

When last did you blow out any dust with compressed air?

Also it is a laptop they overheat, do you use it on a cooling pad?

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Yesterday when I got home I started up my Qosmio G30 and I think the fan was whirring and struggling to be honest, although I've only come to realise that afrer doing some reading this morning. Anyway I used the PC for about an hour and then left it running with 1 application running whilst I went out.

Upon returning a few hours later, the laptop hadn't shut it self down, but there were two generic boxes that had popped up stating to shut the laptop down and return it for a service.

By the sounds of it the fan had stopped working altogether and the computer was deadly quiet. I restarted it, and again the fan wasn't working at all and although the laptop loaded into windows, I immediately shut it down again.

I'm worried that the laptop hasn't shut itself down when the fan has failed, and if it hasn't done this, has any damage likely to have been caused, even though it did load back into windows?

Answer:Qosmio G30 - fan was whirring and struggling

Sounds like the fans have a large build up of dust, or the fan has failed.

Send the laptop to an ASP, they can check the fans and remove the dust for you.

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Over the last few days i keep hearign this LOUD noise (like a whirrr...)coming from my pc. Most likely from my power fan unit. Is it dying? and how easy is it to install a new one? I have a mesh pc, asus a7ve, 1.2 athlon.

Answer:whirring noise? whats up doc?

this might sound strange but get a kitchen roll tube or similar and hold it to your ear and with the case open locate the source of the noise.

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Recently i upgraded my machine to Win 8.1 by installing an SSD with the OS & Programs. I then have a 500GB HD where the User folders are directed for documents and a 2TB for photos. I have started noticing that the machine is constantly whirring for long periods even when I'm not doing anything and it is extremely irritating/worrying. I have turned off all the indexing and run various HD testing software that says all my drives are fine. I'd love to know what it is making it do this so is there any tool that shows you clearly which drive is doing what? Of course it is silent as I write this!!! Looking in task manager I can see 10% CPU, 25% memory and 0% disc and lovely silence. hitting save on 35,000 photos drives the usage on 2TB drive up to 12% but more of a scuffling sound from the drive than a ticking i.e. it isnt the same sound.

Thanks for any tips on locating what is causing this.


Answer:How can I find out why my HD are constantly whirring?

Do you have Windows Media Player set to share media files over the network? If you go into Network and Sharing Center you can look at the settings. I find that if WMP is set to share files it will constantly sift through all the drives on the system looking for media files to share.

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Problem that's been on the go for about a fortnight. CPU is 100% & there is a fan noise, browser often not responds & streaming is impossible. After an hour or so, the noise stops & things improve, but its getting worse. All looks clean inside & i've run a malware check which found 40 items which i've deleted but still.

Answer:High CPU & whirring noise!

If CPU is at 100%, there's something running in the background that's hogging it. Have a look in Task Manager, Processes to see which is the culprit. OS would also help, as XP has been having svchost.exe hogging the CPU while trying to install updates.

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Hiya.I have an HP 15 - f305dx  that I bought from Best Buy around late August 2015.It hasn't given me any problems, which is wonderful, except in the last month or so I noticed when I add a bit of pressure to the lower left side of the laptop (below the keyboard) it makes a very loud (initially very scary!!) whirring noise. The laptop itself doens't do anything when it happens; it continues to run normally.Now the issue has more or less worsened such that any slight amount of pressure to the free space below the keyboard initates the whirring.My vents are clean, and I don't have any heavy programs (I use this laptop for school mostly); the whirring usually lasts as long as there is pressure.Anyone know why?Thanks.

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I have tried various methods as given in magazines help pages but floppy still whirrs when booting up and closing down; and has now started whilst I am using other windows programs.I have XP system with SP2. Did try changing boot search but wasn't really sure what to do.ThanksLynda

Answer:Whirring Floppy Drive A

Put a Blank disc in the drive.Its like some babies - its gotta have something to suck.

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My computer is making really loud whirring sounds from the PSU at the back. Comming out from the fan of PSU.

It is driving me crazy so can you please help me?

AMD Athlon 1700+
512 SD Ram
40 Gig
MX440 64meg

I have a Hewlard Packard PC case if that helps, i dont know what power the PSU is that.

I think it may be all the dust in there, what is a good way to clean it out?

Answer:Loud Whirring!! sound

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hi everyone, i have a 'benq' 48x CD writer, that is approx 6 months old. i bought a 100 pack of CD-R's (DISCRITE) from Ebuyer and have been trying to copy files of different types on different occasions from my HD to the CDS. but my CD writer 'whirrs' loudly when trying to write and then says unable to write to disc, may be unusable not if you quit. (through NERO) and sometimes i cannot remove the disc afterwards from the drive. this has happened with approx 50% of the cds i have used from the pack mentioned. HAS MY CD WRITER PACKED UP?thanks!

Answer:cd burner whirring and saying cds not writable

Have you tried a different brand of CD's? Some writers just don't like some brands of CD's. I have a Plextor which writes audio poorly to TDK disks, nothing wrong with either the drive or discs, but they just don't like each other.

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I was trying to open the internet yesterday when I encountered a BSOD. While this is a problem, it is not the main issue. When I pressed and held the power button, the computer started making a noise that sounded as though a disc was spinning inside the cd drive. (there was, in fact, no disc in the drive) The spinning continued and got louder and sounded as though the "disc" was increasing in speed. Finally I unplugged the computer in order to make it stop, because smoke began pouring out of the computer.

Any comments on what may have caused this? It has never happened before. (The BSOD has, though not in quite some time.)

Answer:BSOD+Computer Whirring

Two things to try. First look inside of case you may have a few blown capassiters they are the round things that stick up about a half inch all over the mother board. if they are blown then they will appear with a rounded top you can feel the top of any good one and they will feel as if they are slightly pushed in. if no bad capassiters then it is very likly best to disconnect your cd drive. also smell your power supply for smoke or wire burning smell their are capassiters in it as well. cd roms have sort of a govener that controlls speed and it is possible for that to go out. but like an early vet the best answer would always be to shoot it. dvd players are too cheap to try and fix.

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Hi Guys,
I have a problem with my hard drive whirring on and off every 3 to 4 seconds. I have already tried scanning with various anti-virus softwares but no viruses found.

My spec:
Pentium 3 1.0GHz
30G Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm
Speedstream DSL Modem (USB)

OS: Dual boot - Win2K / Mandrake Linux. (whirring not present in LINUX)

Help me out guys and give me suggestions. I really dont have the time to go and wipe out the entire drive and reinstalling windows

Answer:hard drive whirring on and off

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edit - never mind, fixed it.
Was weird.. I happened to hit it with my knee when I was spinning around to get something in my chair, and it stopped.. I had already tried moving it around and banging it up a bit, but it must have been stuck on something. Anyways, sorry for the post, just ignore it lol

I just came back from work, and switched on my PC.. Started to boot up normally, but halfway through the bootup, it started whirring a lot louder than usual. Now, it isn't outrageously loud; it just sounds louder than normal.. My computer was always really quiet, but now it's whirring away like some of the "loud computers".. If you know what I mean.

It seems to be coming from the fan.. It's definately coming from the rear of the box, and isn't either of the CD drives. I think it's the outflow fan making this noise, but I'm not 100% sure.

Any thoguhts on why it's started doing this, and how to fix it?

Thanks in advance


Answer:My computer's whirring really loud!?

I doubt the problem is really solved, just postponed. It sounds like you have a fan that's dying, it'll be back. The good news is that it's normally pretty inexpensive to replace a fan.

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Dell Inspiron 530S
Windows Vista Basic

Computer randomly shut down today, and when I tried to rebot it it, it did a partial boot then shut down again. There's a loud, continious whirring sound coming from the heatsink assembly, is it safe to assume that its the source of the problem and needs to be replaced?

Answer:Loud whirring from heatsink

Try cleaning the dust out of the HSF with a can of compressed air, do not use a vacuum cleaner as these generate a huge amount of Static electricity that can fry Intergrated circuits.

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I have about a year old computer (Phenom II X4 945, Corsair 650TX PSU, Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P MB, 4 x 4 Gb G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1066). It used to house a Sapphire HD5770, and it was nice and quiet (in an Antec P183 case).

I got a Sapphire HD6950 yesterday (not flashed to 6970, not tweaked in CCC), plugged it in, got the 10.12a drivers, and went back to playing Fallout: New Vegas. Now, there's this odd whirring noise (sounds a bit like a modem connecting, or crickets, or a crappy car amp getting interference). It's not fan noise (and the pitch doesn't follow fan RPMs). It changes pitch (very modem-like sound) when graphics change on-screen, and is especially high when looking at bright objects.

There's no noise in 2D. The noise shows up when playing F:NV, or when running 3D Mark, or when Windows does it's "performance evaluation" thingy.

It's probably either the HD6950, or my PSU. Overall, the rest of the system is fairly low demand wattage wise, so it should work okay with a 650W PSU. F:NV isn't exactly horribly demanding game either. I have hard time trying to pinpoint the noise to either component - in a P183, the PSU is in the bottom, very close to the video card.

Any ideas what this could be?

Answer:New HD6950 - whirring noise in 3D

Looks like you got some coil whine somewhere.

If it is REALLY audible then i'd RMA the part that is making the noise if not then you may have to just put up with it, i had that same power supply with a GTX 295 which draws more power and i had significant coil whine, so it could be that.

Try your best to figure out what is making the noise.

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Hello .... My ext. h/d (CNERON U2 CIBOX bought in France 8 years ago) fell off the table this morning and although the on / off switch doesn't light up there is still an intermittent whirring when plugged in and I listen closely. Have tried to access from the computer in the normal way but without success.

Do you think it is still possible to be repaired / retrieve the information (mostly photos)

Any suggestions as to what I might be able to do myself and / or what a local shop might charge (same rates as per UK) would be most appreciated.

Answer:Dropped ext. H/D, whirring but not working

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Hiya.I have an HP 15 - f305dx  that I bought from Best Buy around late August 2015.It hasn't given me any problems, which is wonderful, except in the last month or so I noticed when I add a bit of pressure to the lower left side of the laptop (below the keyboard) it makes a very loud (initially very scary!!) whirring noise. The laptop itself doens't do anything when it happens; it continues to run normally.Now the issue has more or less worsened such that any slight amount of pressure to the free space below the keyboard initates the whirring.My vents are clean, and I don't have any heavy programs (I use this laptop for school mostly); the whirring usually lasts as long as there is pressure.Anyone know why?Thanks.

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My laptop makes a loud intermittent whirring noise, when opened up the noise seems to originate from the ssd area (bottom right of the key board). The fan noise is also extremely loud - there are currently no BIOS updates available, 'fan always on' has been disabled and the power save battery option has been selected with no effect on overall noise. There is also no dust within or around the fan. Any advice on how I can quieten my laptop? My sister has the same laptop and that is silent.

Answer:Whirring noise coming from laptop

Clean it. Search YouTube for videos showing how to do it

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I just got the HP Pavilion 15-au078sa laptop yesterday and it's great but it makes a constant whirring noise from startup. I don't know if it's the fan or not but the noise is quite abnormal and sounds like no laptop noise I've heard before. It also can't be the hard drive as this laptop has an SSD which are supposed to be silent. Is it a fault or is this normal?

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I am a novice here, so do excuse any technical inaccuracies in reporting this problem. First, let me specify my system configuration and then the problem.

My system configuration is as below:

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Processor 3.00 GHz on MSI 880GMA-E45 motherboard with 4 GB (2X2 GB) Kingston DDR3 RAM. My OS is Windows 7 Ultimate Ed. 32bit.

Now, I have three HDDs installed inside the CPU, the CMOS setup details of which are as below:

IDE Primary Master: Seagate (ST 380011A) 80 GB capacity
IDE Primary Slave: Samsung (SV 2042H) 20.4 GB capacity
SATA 1: Hewlett Packard DVD Writer 1260d ATAPI
SATA 2: Western Digital WDC (WDS000AADS - 00S9B0) 500 GB capacity

The WDC (Western Digital SATA 2) drive is my main HDD, the most recent one bought and installed on September 2010. The OS Windows 7 is installed on the C: partition of this drive and my system boots from this drive. I've created three partitions on this drive as follows:
C - 50 GB (approx)
D - 225 GB (approx)
E - 225 GB (approx)

The IDE drives are old HDDs that I was using around 2003 in an old system and are filled with important data [movies,mp3s, ebooks, official docs,etc]. They contain no OS/system files. The Samsung IDE drive has 3 partitions while the Seagate IDE drive has no partitions.

So effectively, my HDD structure on Windows Explorer in my computer looks as below:

C: [WDC SATA partition 1]
D: [WDC SATA partition 2]
E: [WDC SATA partition 3]
F: [DVD Writer]
G: [Seagate IDE partition 1]
H: ... Read more

Answer:HDD whirring noise & system slowdown

I don't really have good suggestions for you, but:
- The HDDs are probably old and dying. IDE ribbon cables are obsolete technology.
- If you get rid of them, you can use 'Roadkils unstoppable copier' or similar, and copy them to your WDC. 100GB total, you might have this space.

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Hello. I have an Acer Aspire X3200 desktop computer. Yesterday I started hearing a constant whirring noise at the front of the tower. I shut down the computer and a half hour later I brought up the computer. After a short while the whirring noise returned. It doesn't seem to have any effect on the system up till now. I've had this computer for many years and have had no problems. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks


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Answer:Whirring noise at front of tower

Wow!  I couldn't have asked for more detailed instructions.  Thanks for taking the time to go into such detail. As I mentioned, I've never really repaired any of the pcs I've had. I've talked myself into believing I'm not good at it. I'll give it a try. If I have questions, which I will, should I just add the post to this stream or should I click on your name? Again,many thanks for taking the time. Thanks

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Hello,A few days back my PC noise has dramatically increased its like a whirring noise and at the moment sounds like a formula 1 racing car when its accelerating. I'm extremely worried my friends on the internet think its the fans while another says its the power. Please help and give me your suggestions. I have no PC Hardware experience, what do u suggest i do? Thanks please reply asap


To cause a whirring noise there must be something moving. The only things which move in a pc are the fans (in power supply unit, cooling fan on cpu and the fan(s) which draw air through the box) and the disc drives.If the noise is constant then the only drive to cause concern is the hard drive.I suggest that you listen carefully to locate where the noise is coming from and this will point you in the right direction to diagnosing the problem. If you feel confident enough to open the box then it may be easier to locate the exact place the noise is coming from, but please be careful as the power must be switched on and you don't want your hair becoming entangled in any of the fans or even worse getting into the mains power inside the power supply unit.

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Have an old HP M7350n that was beginning to whir loudly especially while playing videos. I opened it and being short on resources but big on confidence, I took a small vacuum and cleaned it out, while unplugged, ensuring not to touch anything with my hand. The heatsink fan had caked dust under the blades so I took Q-tips to loosen it up and got it all out.
Now, it partially boots up but the heatsink fan is now whirring loudly, and the CPU is making a beeping noise like something is setting on the keyboard. Nothing got knocked loose, removed, but, I did run the vacuum nozzle brush over the MB and Qtips on the heatsink.
HP m7350n specs attached in pdf and found here:

Answer:Old HP m7350n XP now whirring and beeping non-stop

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy,  taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
   Go to Piriform's website, and download the free version on the left.  Click Download from (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version. You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.
    After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
     Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
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Good Day,I have been experiencing slow boot-up for some time now and it seems to be getting worst. Subsequent to running an online Active Scan (Panda) for the better part of yesterday as directed by DASOS, I am now experiencing a loud whirring noise especially when the system is 'fetching' an application. Honestly, based on the noise sounding like a definite spinning sound, I suspect it may be my Hard Drive.My questions relating to both the slow boot-up and this new noise are:1) Are there any configuration problems that may be causing this issue, and how/where can I address this?2) Is there a site (or utility) where I can benchmark my particular hard drive to evaluate if it is performing correctly?3) Is there a site (or utility) where I can benchmark my particular CPU (processor) to evaluate if it to is performing correctly?4) Outside of the noise possibly coming from the hard drive (or maybe the CPU fan), is there anything else you can suggest that may be the culprit? Soonest assistance appreciated. Da` Rudster

Answer:Slow Boot & Whirring Noise

You need to isolate the source of the sound first, power down the computer and open the case, leave it where you can inspect it and still turn it back on?

This is relatively hard to do as it's a chore to pinpoint where the sound is coming from?

If it is the hard drive, have you run disk cleanup and defragged on a regular schedule?

If the inside is dirty, it will need to be cleaned.

Benchmarks are dangerous with sick computers! Give it a tune up first. You don't take your car out for a test run without changing the oil.

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Okay, I've had my computer for a couple of years now and recently the harddrive is making quite a lot more noise on boot up before settling down once you get to the profile page (this is on XP).Now, the hard drive is giving off a low hum- not completely quiet, but something you can't really hear with a tv on in the same room.Now I did a search and some people say it could be the fan, some say it could be the drive dying. I can't really give much more info than that, but I will say on start up it does sound quite a bit like a plane engine when the blade starts turning. Any thoughts because I'm moving from a state of calm to one of panic....Thanks in advance guys and girls.

Answer:Harddrive Whirring/Humming Noise

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Hi All

just wondering if there is a way i can find out what is causing my internal drive to keep flashing and running...? I am somewhat bored here right now and have been sat on the hotel bed watching my laptop drive light flashing and chintering away when I am not doing anything.

Is there a way to find out what is being written/read to/from the drive whenI have no apps running...?



Answer:Disk drive constantly whirring...

You can start by hitting control+Alt+Delete and going into Task Manager.
Hit the Processes tab to see if there is a program that is not functioning correctly. Also, if you have several programs in your systray, one of those may be causing the problem.

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My tower has begun to make a whirring sound (less than 2 yrs old), also my screen keeps going black, I'm also losing the mouse for upto a minute at a time. Can anyone advise what the problem may be? I frequently defragment and I've got loads of space, also got all PDF files on a memory stick. Any help/suggestions you can give will be appreciated, also bear in mind I'm not a computer technic!! Thanks.

Answer:Tower making whirring noise

Where is the sound coming from? Could be a CD in the CD-Rom drive, which is an easy fix, the other possible targets are Harddrive or Cooling fans. If its the harddrive it could indicate that something with the drive is wearing out which is not good. If its cooling fans they are inexpensice and can be replaced with not too much effort. The freezing could be a result of any of these, as an over heated system can slow or lock the machine, a harddrive having problems could be struggleing to manage system cache or page files and a CD could cause the machine to keep trying to access it and run what is on it. the CD thing would be the most simple fix, but I am curious why the system would keep trying to access it.

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I purchased the lenovo ideapad u530 about 6 months ago. Recently, there has been a loud whirring/buzzing noise coming from the laptop (possibly the fan?). It is most noticeable at the bottom near the vents. There seems to be no correlation between what I do on the laptop and the noise. Any ideas as to what the problem may be? Any solutions would be greatly appreciated. 


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Answer:U530 loud whirring noise

Hi Sanchezz,
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
I?m sorry to hear that a loud noise is generated in your U530 Laptop near the air vents. This issue can be checked by placing the Laptop on a flat surface while using it and also this might have occurred by the Dust/Foreign particles accumulating on FAN and Air vents. I would suggest you to perform ?Dust Removal? feature using LEM (Lenovo Energy Management) installed in the computer. Please let me know the findings.
Hope to hear back soon
Best Regards
Shiva Kumar

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My pc has been making a constant whirring sound for weeks, maybe even a couple of months. when it 1st started, i took the power supply apart to check for any loose wiring and dirt/dust. cleaned out the whole inside of the tower and power supply, still making the noise. this is from turning pc on to shutting down! its getting beyond a joke now as my pc is practically on all the time and it is highly annoying! Any ideas on what i could do?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5400 @ 2.70GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3839 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 205143 MB, Free - 164954 MB; D: Total - 99998 MB, Free - 20916 MB;
Motherboard: MEDIONPC, MS-7366
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2013, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Pc making whirring sound constantly! Help!

You need to identify the source of the noise and replace that component. Can you trace the source of the sound?

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Wasn't sure which section to put this one under.

On startup the computer makes a continual loud whirring sound (which could be the hard drive) which doesn't stop. Also an unusual start sequence is displayed on the screen which is American Megatrends BIOS.

The only way to stop the annoying whirring sound is to do a complete Restart and it seems BIOS doesn't open again.

The problem seems to be becoming more and more frequent.

Any idea what causes it?

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I have a Yoga 2 that's probably about a year old now at most. For the last few months it's been whirring loudly pretty much constantly and I don't think it's the fan (I tried the remove fan dust option in energy manager and the sound was very different). It's not particularly hot, either, from what I can tell. If I pick up the laptop or put even slight pressure on the space beside the mousepad (for instance when I open the lid) it makes a very intense whirring noise for a second or two and then goes back to its normal whirring. I can't remember any instances of me dropping my laptop very hard that could have caused this, although I do remember this starting at around the time I sort of half dropped it (it was on my lap with me on the floor and a friend walked into the side of me, so I kind of tilted sideways with it still on my lap to shield it, but it only touched the floor very gently). Even though it's been happening for a few months now I do worry it might be a serious problem.  My other problem, which I think has always happened with this laptop, is that when I'm watching a video on YouTube or another streaming site in full screen the display will turn off (which is usually accompanied by the unplugging noise you might get if you unplug a pair of headphones) but the sound and keyboard still work. I'm unable to get the display to turn back on unless I close the lid and wait for it to go to sleep.If anyone could shed some light on th... Read more

Answer:Loud whirring and screen turning off

 ok the whirring is something a lot of people with yoga 2s have had (me included) ive switched out my fan and it seemed to do the trick. if youre not sure that its the fan take out the casing  on the and put it back on without the screws. then when the whirring starts open it up and check if its the fan or not the screen from what i hear you say sounds like something you shoulda gotten warrenty for. 

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I have only had this T500 since July 2009 and last week it started making a whirring noise when I turn it on.  Before last week it was so quiet and it booted up very fast.  Now it's making this noise and slower.  I thought solid state hard drives were supposed to be quiet.  Any suggestions?

Answer:T500 SSD Whirring Noise When Booting Up

They have no moving parts. Are you sure it wasn't the cooling fan?

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I have had my y580 for around a month and a half now, not that old, and I just the other day noticed it was constantly making this whirring sound. What it sounds like to me is the HDD writing... but it is constantly happening, it never ceases. Its faint, but very obvious when sitting in a quiet room. Before yesterday, I only noticed thi noise when it was obvious the HDD was writing (i.e. installing software, using virus scan, etc)  Anyon else have this? Wondering if its anything to be concerned with. Thanks!

Answer:Y580 whirring noise from (presumably) the stock HDD?

Okay so I had a few seconds when nothing was writing to the hdd (no processes indexing or w/e) and the noise stopped, then as soon as i started opening up windows in task manager, the noise started up again. I am starting to think that this noise others complain about is just the disc spinning/writing?  Overall the laptop is quieter than other laptops Ive come across, even under load (minus the fan obviously)

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So I was just watching Youtube videos when the fan started whirring VERY loudly.  I can confirm that it's the fan because I have opened the back up.  (I probably shouldn't have, but eh)  I know the fan is always on, but it has never been this loud.  I have tried restarting, leaving it off for a couple of hours and I've even cleaned dust off the immediate areas.  No progress.  To my dismay I have also found that while there's usually a gentle rush of air coming from the vent, I can no longer feel if it's there.  Could the vent be clogged up?  The whirring doesn't stop when I loosen the fan from the motherboard.  The motherboard and the entire laptop just act as amplifiers for this whirring.  Please Help.

Answer:Lenovo G780 Fan Whirring Uncomfortably

Hi Mdd,               
Welcome to the Forums  
As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with fan whirring in your Lenovo G780 laptop.
Try to update the BIOS and check for the issue.
Click here for the BIOS update for windows 8.
Let us know the result.
Best regards,         

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i have one old laptop with a dvdrom drive as its mounted bay device. i have disabled the drive in device manager and also disabled 'mounted bay device' at bios, but on every boot, the pc still reads it once and i hear this 2-3 second whirring from the empty drive. apart from this occurrence at boot, the drive does appear disabled during normal operation.

is there anything i can do short of physically disconnecting the cable to end this?

i don't want it to activate at all, at any time.

Answer:Whirring DVDRom Drive at Boot

That's just the BIOS checking devices (even if its disabled). If you don't want it at all, disconnect the power and data cables on the rear of the drive.

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Hi Shiva Kumar,
I bought a lenovo U430p yesterday a brand new one. But the fan has a loud whirring noise in every teo minutes. I also hear rattling sound and I do not know from where it comes.
Please suggest some solutions.
Kind regards

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Hi there, It's been about a year since I bought my T61 from eBay and I have since found that the warranty has expired so sending it back for a free repair is no longer an option.  I don't remember how this started but I have noticed that the computer is making a very loud whirring sound coming from underneath the keyboard- dirty fan maybe? It's getting very annoying having to put up with the sound, does anyone have any suggestions? And roughly how much would Lenovo charge me to fix this fault? Regards,S

Answer:T61 making loud whirring sound

is the sound like a metal vs metal friction? i've heard to on my t60, it sounds like from hd location. 

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I have an HP computer, about 4 months old, and have been having a problem shutting it down. When I do start, shut down, it turns almost all the way off (i.e. monitor goes to sleep, blank screen, etc.) however the blue light on the power button stays on. I then have to hold it down in order for it to shut off.

Another issue I have been having lately is a whirring sound inside my CPU. It almost sounds as it does when the computer is trying to read a cd, but there is nothing in the drive. I don't know much, but do computer's have fans? It has been really hot here lately, could that be what it is?

Some other things: I have windows XP. My roommate just connected a wireless router (Linksys) to my computer to use with her laptop (the router is brand new). The whirring sound seems to have come about at the same time as the router...could the two be related?

Let me know if there is any other information I can/should provide.

Thanks! Lisa

Answer:Can't shut down completely/whirring sound...

some pc's r like that

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OS : WinXP Home w/ SP2
Browser: Was: IE6 SP2
Now: FoxFire
Security: Norton Internet Security 2006

Background: Currently having a problem with IE6 coming up with "Page not found...etc". Without resolving THAT problem, decided to d/l FireFox (yesterday) to use as a browser.

Problem: Noticed this morning that after about an hour of being online , using Firefox, my hard drive starts whirring away loudly and stays that way. Also notice the hard drive light just flickering away like the hard drive is writing or something.

To check out the issue, I re-booted (that stopped the whirring and 'writing'), then went to Start>Settings>Network Connections and accessed the internet using IE6 through this route (by typing in a website addy) !(??) The hard drive runs nice and quiet.

Question: Can using FireFox cause the hard drive to 'run' excessively?

Side Issue: I can access internet through IE6 using the above mentioned route (Start>Settings>Network Connections) but if I click on a web link, I get the "Page not found...etc". Have to access the link by other means : ((

On the IE6 problem: have run various tests, etc., mentioned on this site but none have fixed the problem. Only thing I haven't done is re-install IE6 - mainly cause I can't seem to find a download of the IE6 SP2 version (understand it comes with WinXP SP2 ???)

If any one cares to "accept this mission", please feel free to address any and/or all pr... Read more

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Hi, I'm new at this - I have a similar problem to SAF5005 (hardware forum), in that there has been a whirring noise developing from the tower which is on my desk right next to me, the vent is 18 inches from my ear, so it's not anything else, and it wavers, goes harder then backs off then harder again, is this dangerous? What is my best path to follow, and ultimately, could this problem eventually blow something up? When I say noise, I mean it's noticably above what it used to sound like but not extremely loud, it's just there and annoying - I have read about fans, heat sinks etc. browsing this site and hope that I can get some advice which will enable me to correct it without paying much at all as I am broke!
Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

Answer:whirring from tower vent (sounds like fan)?

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I've had this machine for over  two months now - and I can't stand this noise anymore. I've followed up every lead I could find online - adjusting Bios settings, power management settings. For a little while I even thought it was ok (it was much better) when it was plugged in. But if I can only use this machine when it's plugged in - what use is the 8 cell battery. More to the point - that's kind of defeating the object of a laptop.  The noise is high pitched, and totally unpredicatable - hence, incredibly irritating. It's not the harddrive - as that is an SSd. It comes from the top left of the machine - as far as I can tell from onlin research it's something to do with the Intel chip/processor. Is there anything new that anyone has come across? I bought this machine for writing and since I can't concentrate with this noise squealing in my left ear,if I cannot get this resolved, I will be doing everything in my power to get a refund. I have had many many laptops -both PCs and Macs - and have never encountered this.      - Intel Core i7-640LM Processor (2.13GHz, 4MB L3, 1066MHz FSB)- Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64- Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 US English- 12.1" Multitouch WXGA LED Panel with Wide viewing Angle- 4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)- Keyboard UK English- Fingerprint Reader- Camera, 2.0 MP- 128 GB Solid State Drive, Serial ATA- 5 in 1 Media Card Reader and Modem- Bluetooth w/ antenna- 1 Gigab... Read more


I'd recommend you play around with the advanced power settings in power manager.The "noise" on battery is a very common problem with many problems.See if you can disable "CPU Deeper Sleep" and change the "Link state power management".

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I've just taken over a computer from someone else.

On the whole its pretty silent (still louder than most computers but bearable) but at some points it gets extremely loud. Not necessarily when tremendous load is on it. For example right now its doing a virus check but I'm not using it actively, at the beginning of this post it was silent and now suddenly its loud as ****. Anything I can do to fix this or just have to accept it?


Answer:computer whirring excessively noisily

What are the temps of the CPu and such? It's doing that most likely because it's cranking the CPU power up, which creates more heat, and the fan is set on auto to adjust itself when there is more heat-dissipation needed.

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I have a Vista OS operated computer and just lately I have begun to hear a loud whirring sound coming from the back of the tower. It only lasts as long as the computer takes to start up and then the tower is its usual quiet self. I think it is coming from one of the fans at the back but when I put my hand against them they are still giving out cold air. Can anyone help with what the problem is and how I can solve it?

Answer:Loud Whirring Sound from Back of Tower

Have you tried cleaning dust and fluff out of all the fans and that includes cpu fan and graphics card fan where fitted? Disconnect from power and use a soft long hair brush on fans. If you then get a can of compressed air, liated here as Ambersil Air Duster,click here and blow the dirt away. Use air spray as lightly as possible as you can get some condensation from it. Leave for half an hour to ensure that it is perfectly dry and then restart computer.

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My mesh pc is about 4 years old and is suddenly very slow to load some web pages, particularly if i've been online for a while. The tower is whirring constantly as if a program is loading but control/alt/delete only shows AOL. Is this likely to be, a memory problem (my son has a lot of music stored), a programme that is running that uses a lot of memory? Is it a hardware thing such as a fan, or could it be a virus? I have Aol with McAfee & AVG. Simple answers only please!!

Answer:very slow internet & constantly whirring tower!

McAfee & AVG.You should only run one Antivirus program at a time.Constant whirring could be fans on full in ths hor weather. However its more like spyware that will cause internet slow downs.Clean hard drives temparory files with Crap Cleaner click hereAnti Spyware :- Adaware click hereSpybot S&D click here Spywareblaster click here Spycatcher express click herea2 click hereWindows Defender click hereEwido click hereSuperantispyware click hereHitman pro click here

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My laptop is making a lot of noise, coming from the fan I think. Also the laptop overheats very easily.
The battery is also not charging. The laptop only works when I have it plugged in. The battery says it's at 11% and has fallen in past couple of days from 14%.
My laptop is a model HP Pavilion g series, windows 7.
Going to run a hardware diagnostic today.

Do you guys know what the problem is?
I think I'm probably going to end up sending it off and having the fan, battery, and maybe powerlead replaced.

Answer:Help needed: battery not charging, fan whirring, overheating

What's the complete model number of that HP Pavilion g series laptop?
What's the exact product number(P/N) on it?

Is that laptop being used on a hard flat surface?

Having the exhaust fan unit and battery replaced may cost more than what that laptop is worth.


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My laptop exhaust fan is having this loud whirring/grinding sound which proves to be a nusiance and irritates the hell out of me. Even im doing normal text processing, the fan just keeps on running with the whirring sound. Is there any fix for this? Tried and but no avail.There is not much support on flex14 and im starting to regret buying lenovo. Any solutions would be deeply appreciated. Thanks. 

Answer:FLEX 14 making loud whirring sound

Hi stingray91,thanks for posting and welcome to the community.After reading through your post I was just wondering when did you notice the issue happening? Was right out of the Box or was it after you installed the windows update and some software? Hope to hear back.Regards

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My Satellite P70-A which is less than a year old since purchase sometimes emits a very fast whirring noise from the right hand side of the laptop as you are looking at it.

It doesn't happens always but it is becoming more frequent - it is more prominent at start up.
Something is obviously not right - I gather it has something to do with the cooling fan.

I've figured out that the noise disappears if you tilt the machine from front to back but then when you place it flat again the very high speed whirring is still there.

Anyone had a similar problem or have any suggestions?


Answer:Satellite P70-A: sometimes very fast whirring noise appears


At the right side of the computer you can find the cooling grilles.
This means that an cooling module as well as the cooling fan is placed at this side.
According to your information, the very fast whirring noise (maybe vibrations???) are produced by cooling fan.

In my opinion it?s difficult to say if your cooling fan malfunctions because the fan noise will be noticeable always especially if the notebook needs to be cooled down.

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Basically my PC has always (last few years) randomly just shut down after I boot it up or freeze, but after the initial few resets it would be fine until I turned it off. Today it did it's usual of freezing up (at login) I held down the power button then waited then turned it back on, but instead of turning on it just kept a black screen and kept whirring in a cycle. Long (fan) brrrrrrrrrrr fade down then shorter one then back to long. I've tried turning it off at the plug leaving it and then trying again but no luck.

Specs taken from half a year ago or so, all same I think except it's Windows 8 now.

Thanks for any help in advance.

Answer:PC won't boot making cycle of whirring noises video of what happens

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Hey! I got my new Dell Vostro less than a week ago, i seem to have an issue where when i tilt my laptop slightly to the left or right the hard drive makes a "whirring" sound. The drive is 7200RPM so i just wondered whether this was normal for drives of this speed, or not.
The whirring sound is quite apparent and reminds me of like when you tilt a cd burner left or right and the cd scrapes on the side.

I have 1 year warranty so i can always call up dell.

cheers guys, josh.

Answer:Hard Drive whirring when laptop tilted.

A hard disk is classified as a precision instrument and its drive is among the most finely balanced rotating mechanism so that the unit generates virtually no vibration in operation. People who manufacture it has to be locked up in a clean room where the air has to be microscopically filtered, as a large dust particle collected at the read/write head can kill the disk.

Titling the hard disk left and right to see what noise it can produce certainly makes a mockery out of its manufacturing process. A user who looks after his/her equipment enjoys a longer service without bothering with the warranty.

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I have an evesham axis comouter which sometimes makes a whirring noise about 5 seconds after start up and lasts until the red light goes off. I suspect it may be a HD problem but only guessing being a bit of an IT noddy. The comp is still under guarantee and no doubt it will be sorted. I am considering buying an external HD tomake a copy of all my files etc before calling the repair man. Which is the best way of doing this please and which HD is best to buy up to 80gyg or thereabouts.

Answer:Whirring noise on start up. Possible hard drive?

It could well be the HD that's whirring. Others in the forum will be able to confirm better than I. There are lots of external hard drives, and lots of places to get them. Try click here= I use them a lot, and they have a great service and range of products.

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Please, can someone help me? When I start up my cpu, it makes a really loud whirring noise, but after I am logged into Windows and after about 2 minutes, the whirring sound subsides. I'm not sure if there is anything wrong with my computer.... I'm extremely worried about that weird whirring sound. Please help me!!

Thank you!!

Answer:Why does my computer make loud whirring noises?

it could be fans or harddrive - but do you have CD in the PC - that would spin up on boot and then once reached speed - if not used it would stop.

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Hi, so I've recently bought a Dell Inspiron Laptop and I've only had it for about a month now. It keeps crashing when I turn it on though. So everything will load up as normal and seems fine and then suddenly the computer starts whirring, screen goes blank, it sort of clicks and everything turns off. I then start it up again and its fine!

I don't know whether maybe it's overheating but when I feel the laptop it's not hot at all. It only happens sometimes too, maybe 1 in every 3 start-ups. I did think it might be the "AMD Video Accelerator" as this would load up just before it crashed but I've updated the Graphics card driver and run a video card diagnostic on Dell's website and all seemed fine.

I'm just a bit stuck really and wondered whether it might be a hardware fault or if it might be something really simple which I just didn't know about. Any help would be great as I need this laptop for uni in a few weeks and would rather not have to replace it!

Thanks, Joe.

Here's the spec as well:
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8094 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7730M, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 933541 MB, Free - 774188 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0PXH02
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Computer Crash on Startup - Whirring Noise

Sounds like the HDD is failing. It's under waranty contact Dell, there is no sense doing anything that might void the warranty.

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Hello!  I'm having some issues with my U510, and was hoping someone might be able to offer me some insight? Much appreciated! My U510 has been making some noticeable whirring or rotating noises - not fan noises though - which are constant and start shortly after I turn the laptop on, even when idle or with minimum use (usually just internet browsing, word processing). I don't think this started when I first bought the laptop (end of 2012) but I also can't remember not having this problem either - it's been going on for a long time but now it seems to have gotten more severe. Is this a hard drive issue?  Lately, my U510 occasionally starts a really loud, intense whirring/rotation with fan action. My laptop even starts vibrating on my table, and particularly the left side of the keyboard gets uncharacteristically warm. I'm assuming this is the fan at work, but even so it shouldn't be this intense?  I'm quite good at keeping my U510 well-ventilated and it doesn't tend to overheat (even with the first noise problem). I've been so busy that I haven't been able to properly address this annoying noise problem, but I think something definitely needs to be done now!   Can anyone offer any solutions? Thanks!  

Answer:U510 constant loud whirring + new sounds

The noise isn't a ticking noise is it? If so then that's your hard drive on its way out.You say that your machine is heating up quickly as in its doing something quite intense?Try a virus scan just to be sure.Open task manager and see if anything has a high cpu usage.Check your startup programs, disable any that are not needed.Clean your machines registry.

Lenovo y510p - Intel Quad-core 4th gen i7-4700MQ @3.40Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB HDD 8GB SSD - 1080p FHD - Nvidia 755m SLI

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Hey guys,

AMD Phenom X4 955 Black Edition
Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 Motherboard
8GB RAM Kingston
WD 320GB hard drive 8MB cache 5400 RPM (bought used)
Powercolor HD 6850 1GB
Coolermaster eXtreme Power Plus 600W
Antec 300 case

For the past week or so, all of my start ups have been accompanied by this loud, clicking/whirring sound that I have not heard in the 10 months that I have been using this computer. The first couple of days I wasn't too bothered to check what was wrong because it did not hinder my performance and only lasted about 15 minutes. The last two days, however, have been met with much lower FPS in my games (down from ~70 to 30 in LoL) and a persistent, lower-sounding clicking whirring noise that never goes away.

I have never overclocked before. I'm not sure how I should go about troubleshooting this. I opened up the side panel and turned on my computer once to try and pinpoint where the sound was coming from and it seemed like it was my CPU. Not entirely sure though.


Answer:Strange whirring noise leads to lower FPS

CPU wont make such a noise, but power caps on the board and GPU will.

Stress test your CPU with Intelburntest using all threads and standard RAM (10 loops should be enough). While doing this use Coretemp to test temps on the CPU. Need the load temps and if the sound happens while doing this.

After doing this, stress test your GPU using Furmark and use either MSI Afterburner or eVGA Precision to monitor GPU temps. Again same thing, monitor load temps and see if the noise comes.

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Basically my PC has always (last few years) randomly just shut down after I boot it up or freeze, but after the initial few resets it would be fine until I turned it off. Today it did it's usual of freezing up (at login) I held down the power button then waited then turned it back on, but instead of turning on it just kept a black screen and kept whirring in a cycle. Long (fan) brrrrrrrrrrr fade down then shorter one then back to long. I've tried turning it off at the plug leaving it and then trying again but no luck.Specs taken from half a year ago or so, all same I think except it's Windows 8 now.*video of what happens.

A friend said to remove the cmos battery and turn on off then put back but still no luck

Thanks for any help in advance

Answer:PC won't boot making cycle of whirring noises

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I have a loud whirring noise coming from my HP Tower. This happened about a year ago also. At that time, I found a posting that walked me through shutting off a program in Windows 7 and it worked!! I recently did a windows update and it must have turned that program back on because the noise is back. Of course, I didn't save the article from a year ago and can't find it now. Anyone know what program I need to shut off????

Answer:HP desktop running on Windows 7- loud whirring

Open the tower and carefully "look" for the source of the whirring noise. It could be coming from a fan or hard drive... Sounds more like the CPU cooling fan

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Hello all,  I have an HP 8300 Small Form Factor computer. I would like to install Windows 7 using a trio of DVD - RW disks.  When I install the first of 3 disk into the DVD drive and the files start loading then the loading screen show on my monitor as normal. Simultaneously I hear a small whirring sound that turns into a loud whirring sound. I suspected it was my HDD so I replaced it. Yet on my next reboot with the new HDD the whirring noise continued. Now i suspect it is my DVD - ROM drive.  Is there anything else that can be causing a noise like this? All comments are welcome!    

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I bought a refurbed HP desktop in June 2008. It's been fine up until about a week ago. Then I started hearing intermittent whirring sounds, but the computer continued to work properly. On Saturday, I had it on for about a half hour when it started making a continuous high-pitched whirring. Concerned, I shut it off. When I turned it back on, the whirring noise continued, even louder and the computer shut off before it booted up all the way. I took it to a local computer repair shop, but when the tech plugged it in, it booted up and didn't whine or shut down. Any ideas what could be going on? Thanks.

Answer:Computer shut off at bootup, making whirring noise

It sounds like one of your fans are going bad. Possibly the CPU fan. Most motherboards will shutdown if the CPU fan is not running properly. Is the inside of the computer very dusty? If so you might want to buy some compressed air and spray it out.

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Hi, There is a strange, very loud intermittent buzzing/screeching noise from the fan of  HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n024nr Notebook PC (Model #:F4G16UA). A few days ago the fan started running very loudly. Now suddenly the fan is making a loud noise as it turns on, then it stops (& its silent), then again the noise of fan running and suddenly the loud screeching noise comes from the fan. When i put my hand on the bottm of the laptop on the left side, i can feel the vibrations during those loud buzzing/screeching noises. I ran the system diagnostics quick test and everything came out ok. I also did the components test. All components tested ok except 2 USB ports (which had stopped working earlier, so it was not a big surprise). Can someone help me fix this isue. This laptop is more than 3 years old, so there is definitely no warranty on it. Hope i can understand what is causing this strange noise from the fan. Thanks in advnce.

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IDE 80 GB internal drive, model ST380011A
Did diags, 100% functional.

Driver corrupted? When I run the system in safe mode, it now stops at the file above. After 10 minutes of attempts to boot, system finally succeeds.

Here is where th SAFE mode stops each time:

/drivers/agpcpq.sys each time

Dell Dimension 3000, 80 GB IDE drive internal. XP Pro, 512 MB RAM.


Answer:Ide Drive Whirring Non Stop, Safe Mode Stops

From what I can find it appear to be the vido driver. Check the Event Viewer in the Administrative tools.

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Ok, so here is the dilema. I have my computer, a dell dimension B110, and every once in a while, the computer will make this really nasty whirring noise, almost like something is overworking. it kinda sounds like a hard drive that maybe might be writing wrong or something, but i know that when i shut it down and sometimes when i go to boot it up, it will start up again with the whirring noise. I am not sure if it is a fan that might need to be replaced, or even a hard drive. I leave my computer on a lot, but the most it does in idle is download a few files here and there.Please someone help me to understand what the heck is gonig on. Again, the whirring noise happens when the computer is running normally for no reason sometimes, and also happens after i shut it down, when it is booting up, before the windows xp screen, first thing, it will start up again, takes a few times of shutting it down and restarting it before it will stop making the noise.

Answer:Computer Makes weird whirring noise........Not sure whats going on

Hi djkorn,I have had the same problem you had. I think that the cause of your whirring sound might be the fan that's acting weird. It also could be the harddrive, but I would take a look at the CPU fan first.You could try this:1) Open up your sidepanel.2) Look at the fan that's in the middle of your PC.3) Don't touch anything that could damage your PC severely.4) Take a screwdriver, and open up the fan. (Be careful you don't hit or touch anything with your bare hands. Always use a soft small blanket.)5) If there is dust caked on your CPU, then take a vacuum cleaner and suck everything up. There should NOT be any dust on your CPU.If the whirring after this still occurs then it's most likely your harddrive.

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Hey guys we recently had power outage and when I went to turn on my computer it made this loud whirring sound 5 minutes after I started it up. Now it does it whenever I turn it on.

So I shut down the PC and I'm checking around on what to do.

Oh and if it is important I don't really turn off my PC unless I have to install some software or drivers or something. I hope that isn't the cause.

I got the computer about 3 or 4 months ago. I don't know exactly what brand it is but I know that the processor is an Intel core duo(the guy who gave it to me told me it was a Quad core) There are no labels on this computer. It has a clear window with blue lights inside it. I know that it is water cooled and has a Geoforce Gt 8500. I was told to replace the coolant inside the PC once every year but I haven't had it for that long so I don't think it is that. I'm sorry I can't exactly identify what type of computer it is.

To sum it up, after power outage computer makes loud whirring sounds when being turned on and I would really like to know what is going on.

Here I took a few pictures of it plus I checked my bios to get more info.

Intel Core 2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz
Intel EM64T capable

Vista 64bit

Also the front mounted audio input wires are unplugged for whatever reason. Anyone know where/how I can plug these in?

Answer:Computer makes loud whirring sound like jet engine?

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I need help and to know what to do now.

I keep hearing that the computer fans could be dying and that would then kill the computer as well.

I dont know what happened I had the computer on all the time but the last few days when I started shutting it down and booting it up the next morning it now makes this horrible sound in both fans in the inside of the tower.

It sounds like they are pushing too hard or going into overdrive or even overheating but I dont know what exactly it is precisely.

I need help this computer cost enough money as it is I dont want it to die on me weve had it since 2009.

Please help.

If it helps :

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 8450e Triple-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 2 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 3
RAM: 7934 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 210638 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0F896N
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Computer fans making loud whirring noises ?

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A few days ago my school dell laptop started whirring and clicking but it would go whir then click once. I would have taken it to my schools it desk but I'm on holidays. Then today I turned on my laptop and it said the hard drive was locked and I had to enter a password to access my data. Please help.

Answer:Wierd Clicking & Whirring noise led to harddrive lock

What happens when you enter the password?

To be honest, it sounds like the hard drive has died completely.

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Well - let's see - I have a Dell XPS 410 Intel Core 2 (1.866GHz) 4MB cache, 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM a little over 4 years old. I have plenty of free space and have defragged and recently ran a full disk clean - no viruses or malware present.
My problem is that my computer will start making a whirring sound and the hard drive activity light comes on and during this period of time, everything is very slow and even typing is difficult. While it is whirring, I cannot easily do searches or any work on my computer until it stops. Sometimes this can go on for a long time and happens many times daily.
I am running XP Pro and IE7 which are are up to date.
Short of getting a new computer - I need suggestions as to what this could be and would appreciate any help!

Answer:Whirring Sound & Hard Drive Acitivity Light Is On

This is a warning that the days to run your hard disk is numbered.

When a corruption develops, say by a dust particle trapped in the read/write head, some sectors of the hard disk becoming difficult to read. The operating system is obliged to try the instruction several times and so that is why everything is slowed down.

If the hard disk is allowed to continue to spin it is equivalent to running it to the ground. I would retrieve the data inside if it is valuable.

The disk will eventually reach a stage that it is no longer readable. The system then cannot mount it and you may then complain that it is not detected.

A hard disk should be viewed as a "consumable". Every unit is guaranteed by the manufacturer by a finite number of hours of operating cycles without causing errors. It has to die eventually.

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I have a two year old Acer Aspire laptop ES1-512.  Lately it's been making a soft, rhythmic noise (kind of sounds like my small dog snoring).  I had a friend take it apart and vacuum out the dust, but it's still making the noise.  I think it might be the fan, but I'm not sure.  At one point, when we had it apart, the fan wasn't working, and then it started working again, so I don't know if that's it or not.  It's not acting strange, so I don't think it's the hard drive.  It's also not running particularly warm either.  But the noise is disturbing because I don't know what's causing it.  Servicing is expensive.  Can anybody help?  

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Samsung R530 laptop
windows 7 home premium
About a week ago my computer started making strange and unhealthy sounds in the hard drive region of the computer. I have checked with crystal disc and it says that everything is all OK, I'm concerned about hard drive failure. Any help appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive is whirring and scratching. Crystal disc says all ok?

Some hard drives can be noisy but if yours has just started then it could be cause for concern although I wouldn't want you to be worried unnecessarily.
Hard drives do fail. It is not a question of why but when! They have moving parts.
You should always have a backup of your computer either as a full backup to restore should anything go wrong OR at the very least a backup of all your Data.
If you haven't then I would advise that you do that a.s.a.p. - it is no good shutting the stable door after the horse has got out!

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Hi. My HP 15 touch smart notebook crashed a few weeks ago and I just had the computer for less than 6 months and I still have at least 6 more months of warranty on it. But I had accidentally took the battery pack out while putting the computer on charge and I put it back in and tried to turn my computer on, and so far for the last several weeks I couldn't do my school work bc it won't turn on. There is no noise, the fan won't turn, the screen won't display. The only that works is the charging light (orange when its dead and is charging; white when its half charged and is charging). I have tried all methods to get it to turn back on and none have helped me so far. Is the only thing I can do is send it off to be repaired? Or do I need to just buy replacement parts?

Answer:Complete dead computer - no noise, fan whirring, screen turn...

Worrells2000 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!While this PC is still under warranty, you should contact HP Customer Support directly to have them put you in touch with HP Technical Support to see what they can do about diagnosing and repairing your machine remotely.I did this recently and the HP Tech was able to remotely access my PC from the Internet and do the needed repairs.If HP can not fix it, then you should be able to insist on a replacement -- at no charge!If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: After you get through, stay on the line until you are finally able to talk to some one -- it can take a while!Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================

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