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LOUD whirring noise

Question: LOUD whirring noise

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?

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Answer: LOUD whirring noise

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

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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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.

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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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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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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 :

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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
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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?

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My cooling fan first started to create loud whirring noises about a week ago. The sound became louder and the whole laptop started vibrating very strongly after a few days, which led to my laptop heating up real bad after about an hour of continuous use. It continually became worse up until I could vaguely smell what seemed like the smell of burning plastic. Which was the point when it started giving me an error message during start up ('your cooling fan is not working properly'). At that point I stopped using it and brought my laptop to a repair shop and had it disassembled and cleaned out of dust. They also changed the cooling fan and applied new thermal paste. After I brought it home and used it for about 90 minutes, it started doing the exact same thing all over again. The intake of air is clearly better than before and currently there are no problems with heat transfer (yet), BUT it is giving out this weird whirring noise and creating vibrations again (the intensity of vibrations is smaller than before, but it's very clear that it's unnatural and shouldn't be happening). What could be causing it and is it going to destroy my cooling fan again? The laptop has not been physically damaged in any way, it hasn't been dropped, it hasn't been hit, nothing has been spilled on it, etc. They also didn't notice any other problems with the laptop in the repair shop, so I'm completely puzzled and without any ideas as to how and what should I be fixing ri... Read more

Answer:Laptop cooling fan creating loud whirring noises and vibrati...

The problem you describe is very likely the thermal control module on the motherboard, which means the motherboard needs replacement. Frankly, a good repair shop would have stress tested the new fan installation and made sure it was working not just at bootup for a few minutes but would have done something like play a DVD or something that would stress the video for like an hour before declaring it fixed and collecting your money. I would take it back to them and complain. It would not be reasonable to ask them for a new motherboard but they ought to credit whatever labor they charged for the fan installation toward replacing the motherboard. 

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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!

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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Hi all, For the past couple of months my superb little X60s laptop has often (but not always) been making a whirring / very fast clicking noise just after starting up. This noise will remain and then subside after a few minutes. It seems louder on restart after the machine had very recently been shutdown. This condition hasn't changed, infact possibly having got a little quieter and less frequent over the past month.    I am guessing its the fan as the noise does seem to eminate from that area.   Any ideas anyone?  I should get this seen to, but before making any moves has anyone encountered similar or have any knowledge of this condition?  Many thanks. 

Answer:X60s - Fan whirring / very fast clicking noise after startup / logging in

the laptop fan should spin up when you start up, i think that is a self diagnostic check of some sort... the noise you are hearing in the recent time, is probably due to the heat sink grill getting clogged up with dusts.... so you should check whether your heat vent are clean, and clean it out if necessary by taking off the keyboard.  The noise is louder after a recent shut off is due to the residue heat in the heat sink, which causes the fan to spin at higher speed, and therefore the noise is louder....

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"Computer is regularly freezing, accompanied by loud mechanical whirring clicking noise from the front half of the computer (NOT the speakers). Likely either from hard drive or optics (CD/DVD drive). In between regular clicking/whirring is occasional singular clicks. Freezing: sometimes computer function maintains during this, i.e. a video will continue to play or I can hover over buttons to change display, however I can almost always use mouse."

That's what I've asked countless other sites but to no avail. Was wondering if anybody here could help me! I'm pretty sure the issue is with a part of the computer in the upper front half as that is where the whirring/clicking is coming from. I feel it might be the Seagate Barracuda hard drive. I recently bought all the parts and assembled this computer myself and it has been working fine, aside from PC Case Gear sending me the WRONG hard drive (ordered and payed for a 3TB, received a 2TB - only found out when I had fully installed everything as the hard drive came in just it's plastic casing and not the box).

Also a new member so if this is somehow not the right forum for this, my apologies.

Answer:Computer regularly freezing accompanied by whirring/clicking noise

As an additional - It has been happening most recently every time I turn on my computer for the past 12 hours, however after about 30mins of being on it seems to have once again subsided for the time being. I know it will happen again though and it frustrates me! It will likely not happen again for between a day and a week or two, but it will happen again.

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My Dad switched his Acer Aspire 1650 laptop on yesterday morning to a very loud whirring clicking noise (sort of like a helicopter).When he tried it again in the evening it was fine.Switching it on this morning though it made the noise again and then degenerated into a noise like an electric razor when Windows had finished loading.Switching it off and turning the laptop upside down before turning it back over and switching it on again seems to have stopped it from making the noise.Is the fan on it's way out though as that is where the noise seems to be coming from?Thanks in advance. :-)

Answer:Acer Aspire 1650 Laptop Making Whirring Noise

It could be a cooling fan but it could also be be the hard drive as these can become noisy prior to failing. I would recommend making a backup immediately to protect yourself. "degenerated into a noise like an electric razor when Windows had finished loading"Hard drive activity reduces after Windows has finished loading so this is consistent with a failing HDD. Watch the hard drive light and see if the reduction of noise coincides with the point where the light stops flashing. On the other hand, fan noise can reduce after the fan has been running for a period of time so it can be difficult to decide.

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Hi everybody, I would like some help!

I recently bought a new fan to help with cooling as the summer approaches. My new fan replaces my old chassis fan but is plugged in slightly differently as it is plugged into the 3 pin mother board connector (the old one was plugged into the molex and is now positioned as an intake fan at the front).

My problem is that since I've installed the new fan my computer is actually louder than before, Everest tells me that the revs for the new fan are 5114 rpm as I type this so it's clearly working too hard. I think it's working too hard because my processor fan is only idling by comparison at 1705 rpm. Which temperature does the chassis fan use to control it's speed and why has my CPU fan suddenly become lazy since I installed the new fan? Is there anything I can do to make the CPU fan work harder and take some of the burden off of the chassis fan?

Many thanks for any help!


Answer:New fan but loud loud noise

Try speedfan, that should work.

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Question: loud noise

I have a loud noise on PC or speakers after its been on a while and it comes on for short time every few minutes.. Its a noise that is hard to describe. Grand daughter says its a space sound, what ever that is.Its odd as when playing music its fine just comes on after pc has been on a bit. Also can't tell if its pc or speakers. Just got new monitor as mine worn out and was hoping it would go but hasn't, it started 3 weeks ago. I turn speakers right down to get away from it.

Answer:loud noise

Is it a beeping sound? If so, can you count the beeps and does the sound repeat itself or is it just now and then.

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Question: Fan Noise too loud

Hello. Any suggestions on how I can easily cut down on my fan noise? It sounds like there is a lawn mower in here. Please tell me I can just buy a new fan for my processor... or maybe it's the PSU that's so loud. Thanks!

Answer:Fan Noise too loud

Google SpeedFan.

It allows you to vary the speed of your internal fans. Mess around with it til you get a stable, low temperature and desired noise output.

Or, you could just buy new fans.

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I recently upgraded the ram in my pc from 1.5gb to 2.5gb as it seemed to be getting pretty slow. I was expecting a pretty big jump in performance but it doesn't seem to have happened.

The pc can sometimes be faster than it was and sometimes it really drags. There is also an intermittent loud noise which i believe is coming from the fan and when this happens the pc is slow.

I took out the fan and cleaned all the dust from it but this noise still starts every couple of minutes and the pc becomes slow.

Any ideas?

Answer:Loud Noise from PC. Don't think it is the HDD

Two things to consider...
The amount of memory doesn't have much to do with speed unless some process can specifically use that extra memory. You can to more things well, but not necessarily more rapidly.

You system will utilize all memory at the speed of the slowest module. If you have some memory that is value ram or other inexpensive ram, the timings could be significantly different than the best brands and models.

Your system only uses what memory it needs, not what you want it to use. As long as the RAM meets the requirements of the motherboard, it will not protest.

If you want some programs to run at optimum performance levels, all memory must be identical. It is wise to buy matched sets of RAM from the same manufacturer at the same time to get the ultimate performance. Top memory is already sold in matched sets in the same plastic wrap. Otherwise, you have to look at the timings and other information posted on the package or the label.

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I got a dell dimension c521 and I notice at random times it has a really loud fan noise. Sounds like an airplane is about to take off or something? It usually happens if im playen video games and what not. I was wondering if this a bad thing or if its normal, and if theres anything I can do to prevent it from getting so loud? Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?

Answer:Really loud fan noise?

The fan runs at full to extract the heat when playing. About the only thing that you can do is to open it up and clean out any dust that you can see.

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Question: A Very Loud Noise

I was working in the computer area one night. Of four computers, I was using two, one had been shut down for the night, and the last had been left on, but was unused.Suddenly the room was filled with a very loud noise. We are talking quite loud, almost like a fire alarm - uncomfortably loud to the ears. My first thought was an alarm on the UPS. I checked it, and it was fine. Then I thought maybe a fan bearing gone bad on one of the computers. I shut down the one not being used. Nothing. So then in spite of losing work, I felt it urgent enough to immediately shut down the two computers I was using. Nothing. So my next thought was fans in the room. Shut them down - nothing. Then I thought maybe the lights. Nothing. So my final thing was to unplug the computer that was already shut off - Bingo!What a surprise. I wasn't sure if the noise was from the computer or from the surge protector it was plugged into, so I ran an extension cord across the room. It ran fine about 3 days and then the noise came again, not quite as loud this time, but still loud.So I am thinking power supply or motherboard. The frequency and texture of the sound is the same as the squeal you get from the computer when you disconnect the power and the electricity drains from the system, except that that sound is mildly soft, but it gives you an idea of the nature of the sound. So I'm thinking maybe the motherboard is alarming me about something, but why so loud? And why continuous and won't go of... Read more

Answer:A Very Loud Noise

No one had experience like this?

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Hey falous, so i bought my y50-70 like 4 months ago, and recently everytime i turned it on, open chrome or something - the fan gets wild ! its very loud like it works on 100% and it doesnt go down!i tried to look up for solutions but i couldnt find any.I tried updating my BIOS - didnt help.the temps looks very standard to me, 45-50c idel.  REALLY hope you guys will help me find a solution,Thanks !

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I recently started getting hearing a loud "buzzing" noise when I started my computer or it had to load certain larger programs. I opened up the computer to find which fan the noise was coming from and found no noise. The noise had stopped until just yesterday. I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions.

Answer:Loud noise from fan

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Question: Loud Fan Noise

. When i start playing games , theres a loud fan noise which is bothering me so much. Please help me

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This is really troubling to me. I've had this computer for only 2 months and just yesterday, it started to suddenly make loud noises. I was trying to install VOBSUB yesterday and it installed... but the screen was frozen. I couldn't exit out of the window. SO I used task manager and got myself out of it then tried again - but happened again of course. Then all of a sudden there was this deep, loud motorlike noise coming from my computer. My old computer's fans were always loud whenever it was on but this was different.

I turned it on this morning and got the usual loud fan sound... then that deep low noise for maybe 2 minute. I'm really scared about this. What should I do?

Answer:Loud Computer Noise

First, a word of caution...
Any work that you or someone else does to the system may void your warranty- unless you bought it used. You should check with the manufacturer to see what is covered and for how long. Second, we'll need more information about the computer. Edited for spelling

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I as far as I can remember have never had this loud noose before, but lately for a month or so? Ish? I've been having a series of loud noises from my pc, so loud that I can hear it even when playing BF3 with a headset! And so violent at times I can feel the keyboard vibrating lightly, and if I touch the PC it is vibrating decently softly.

I may be wrong but it seems it started after BF3, and thought it might be the fan or my PC really struggling with the game, but it does it even when I'm not playing.

It's sometimes just a softer sound, then will accelerate to a "burr, burr, burr" then go full auto into "brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" occasionally very loud.

So here's the REALLY scary part: while playing Skyrim a very weird thing happened: it stopped. The sound of the game looped into a "drrrrrrrrrr" and I had to hold down the off button. Nothing else did anything. I rebooted and tested it again...sure enough: 30 seconds in I had to do the same thing. I gave it one last chance and decided I would try to discern if it did anything else notable, but the third time it was fine. I left the game open a while to see if it'd do it again, but it didn't.

So I'm scared. WTH is wrong with my PC? BTW it is kinda low on disc space...if that matters. Also the disc options are gone when I click on documents under the c\ drive and stuff...then again I had installed virtual drives...I dunno

Answer:Very loud and scary noise from my PC.

It's a windows 7 64bit 3.2 ghz i5? Or quad core. GT230 graphics card. And I "it stopped" I meant my pc. Not the noise. The monitor just started going as if it were preparing for screen saver mode.

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Hope some one can help.  My son's dell is only a year old.  Yesterday when he turned it on, it made a sound like a plane taking off....really loud!  he turned off the plug.  Next time we tried it same it going to explode?  Help!

Answer:loud noise on startup

What model? Have you taken off the cover to look inside? Has it been moved recently? Sometimes a wire can get caught rubbing in one of the fan blades.Or it could be taking off.Let us know what you find.

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  i have purchased the laptop last month..  model no-15ayo79tx..i have no heating problem,, but still laptop fan sound is too much noisy...the fan produces a noisy sound when i switched on the laptop.... 

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I am having SL400 Thinkpad. for the past few days it is acting weirdly. My hard disk is making lot of noise. Initially I thought it is coming from CPU fan. But when I observed ThinkVantage active protection - It is displaying auto repetitive shocks.  This sound is just too loud. I cannot hear anything if I switch on my laptop.  Now, my laptop performance become very slow even though I am having Core2Duo with 4GB RAM. My laptop is one yr old and it's warranty is over in April. OS is Vista.  Appreciate if anyone has suggestions to fix this problem. 

Answer:SL400 - HDD Loud Noise

if it is making lot of loud noise, then it could be a sign of bearing is worn out on the hdd. Try to do a hdd health check through the BIOS menu, and see whether you have any errors on the hdd.
I think Lenovo allows you to extend warranty provided that the day of renewal is within 30 days of the warranty expiration. You should call them up and see if that is possible.
Aftermarket hdd is pretty cheap too, a 500 gig one is around 80 or 90 USD on If you buy the WD and Seagate brand, there is a manufacturer provided copy of the Acronis Trueimage where you can transfer the entire hdd image from the old hdd to the new hdd. 

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So I installed a new core2duo cpu (E7200 Wolfdale 2.53Ghz) and now when I turn on my computer it just makes a long solid high-pitched noise. Please help!

Other Specs:

160g SATA HD
Nvidia 8800 GT
4g OZC Platinum RAM
ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Motherboard

Answer:New CPU and now it makes loud noise

does this sound continue once u logged on to ur OS

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C440 all-in-one. Just faced with loud annoying fan noise when CP is high-loaded. The main reason of the high-load is seems to be - the preinstalled antivirus software!  

Answer:Loud fan noise C440

hi dim2314,
Thanks fro Posting!
Have you checked if in safemode it will do the same fan noise?
    Antivirus software will be disabled in safemode and if that's what causing it it should stop in safemode.
Let me know what happeneds 

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Hey, sorry if this is not in the right section since I could not find any other better section to post this in.

Okay, my computer recently started to sound really loud, so I turned it off before I went to sleep. The next morning I woke up to turn my computer on, but nothing would show on my monitor and the computer was still extremely loud, louder then it has ever been. I decided to play around with it and I replaced the monitor plug (not sure of the correct name) to a different opening in my computer. It solved the problem and my monitor started finally working, but still my computer was louder then ever. I ended up scanning my whole computer and defraging. The scan went fine same with the defrag. The noise was still the same. When I tried out a game, it was really choppy and I was only getting about 10 fps on average.

I would really appreciate some light on this problem. Thanks.

Answer:Loud noise from computer.

You most likely have a bad hard drive. Get all of the infromation that is valuable to you off as quickly as you can.

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Question: Loud Beep Noise

Hello all hoping you can help me first post here btw. I got some RAM for my computer. My computer is relativly new and is takes 2100 (speed of the RAM?) they guy at the store were i bought the RAM said i would be ok with 2700 cause he was out of 2100, i bought 512MB and the motherboard can handle 3gigs so i know i am in the clear there. I unplugged it all grounded myself real quick and installed the new chip, with the old one too. Now when i turn the computer on it just beeps real loud about every 10 seconds and what start up windows or anything, the monitor just says no signal. I checked everything like 6 times now. Plz help me i am pulling out me hair here.

Answer:Loud Beep Noise

Joker4302......Have you been able to remove the "new" ram and boot up with the original ram ?The pc2700 is probably backwards compatible ......however do the other specs match up with the original ram?dl65  

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Hi, when I bought my PC two years ago, it was silent, it barely made any noise. However, I later made a huge mistake. I opened the case to clean the inside of the computer with an air compressor, but while I was cleaning the fans I wasn't holding them so the air compressor made them spin faster than normal. Following that, every time I boot my PC now, it makes a loud noise and also the PC makes a lot of noise in general. A lot more than when I bought it, to a point where sleeping next to it when it is turned on is a hard thing to do. Now, I'm wondering if that mistake is the cause of the noise. When I look at the fans, they don't seem to be damaged at all. I have 3 fans: The case fan, the graphics card fan and the power supply fan. My PC is cleaned regularly so I know it's not dust or anything that's causing the problem.

Here's some interesting info: It only makes noise when it's booting after the computer has been turned off for more than 30 minutes. If it's less than that, it doesn't make the loud noise. I have no idea why. Also, about 3% of the time, the desktop doesn't get to fully load because the computer freezes. It's a problem that started at the same time the noise started. If it is indeed one or multiple fans that are broken, how can I know which one(s) is?

I made a video of when I'm booting the computer so you can hear and see what is happening.

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Answer:My PC is making a loud noise

You didn't tell us the brand and model of the computer.
Using an air compressor is very bad, because you risk the damage of static electricity that is generated in amazing amounts. Next time, us canned air designed for use in cleaning computers.
Replace the CPU fan, us buy a new CPU cleaning kit, and any fans that blow air to the outside, and replace the power supply with one of decent quality. Clean the dust of fan blades and computer walls with a soft rag soaked in denatured alcohol. Get some nylon or plastic ties to hold the cables together and away from any fans. Tie down SATA and EIDE cables so they cannot block air or rattle. Make sure all air flow passages are free and allow full movement of cooling air. All these will likely return your computer to normal. You could also buy "silent" cooling fans for very little money which would reduce your noise even more..
Use canned air to get

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I was just taking apart my desktop and cleaning it up/blowing off the dust using a pressurized air gun (not too pressurized), and now that I have the nuts and screws back on, I plugged it in and the loudest noise began to come from the cooling fan.

It sounds as if theres something hitting the fan as it turns, this only happens on start-up for about 5 seconds as the fan blows at full speed. I did a visual inspection and there was nothing close to the fan, all wires were tucked away. What should I do?

Answer:Loud noise coming from fan

It's possible that when you blew compressed air through the cooling fan, some grit/debris inadvertently got into the fan motor pinion. It should eventually work itself out, but if it's stubborn then try blowing more compressed air. You might also want to check if there's a lubrication port somewhere on it (some of these fans are completely maintenance free, but some can be lubricated).

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This problem occurred to me recently, as everytime i boot up my computer, the CPU fan makes a very loud noise and i can see the motherboard having a LED blinking orange. It's gone after a restart of the computer. The problem is starting to concern me, help is needed

Answer:CPU fan making loud noise

Quote: Originally Posted by aspry

This problem occurred to me recently, as everytime i boot up my computer, the CPU fan makes a very loud noise and i can see the motherboard having a LED blinking orange. It's gone after a restart of the computer. The problem is starting to concern me, help is needed

What happened to me one is that the CPU fan's mounting came loose and was not stable. Check to see if everything looks secure on it.

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I just got my new XPS 2710 a week ago. All things working perfectly (Windows 8 not too exciting)  except the fan noise. I have no application consuming CPU, memory is low and no network activity still I hear the fan running a bit higher than normal.
Does anyone has seen this or has recommendation before I call support and debug.


Answer:New XPS One 2710 loud fan noise

Hi pkmaster,
The fan could be running at a higher speed due to any Windows background services accessing the processor resources. However, I suggest you to run the hardware diagnostics to check if all the components are working properly and particularly on the Processor and the fan by following the steps provided in the following link:
Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Hello,  My notebook has, as of recently become extremely loud when in games (even lesser demanding games such as Call of Duty World at War, making a noice comparable to a vaccum cleaner), and making noticable noise when on the desktop or on the internet (a shaking noise of sort). I have factory reset the PC, with no effect, before that updating the BIOS, also having no effect. Any suggestions on fixing this issue are valued! Thank you, Jacob.

Answer:Loud noise from fans

This should help:

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Once in a while, my XP loads up without sound.
Most often, I do have sound.
But, when it loads with sound I get a loud banging noise - sometimes one sometimes two, then everytjhing is OK.
Would I ever be able to get it loading without the banging noise(s)?
Much obliged!

Answer:Loud noise, once or twice at start-up.

Obviously, there is a problem. I have no idea what the "banging noise" could be. "Banging" would seem to indicate something is loose and bouncing around in the case.

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Hi guys, I just bought this Lenovo Ideapad 510s 13IKB 80V0.The fan is terribly noisy. It's very noisy at low speed, terribly noisy at high speeds and it is running loudly all the time even when the computer is idle just after start-up!I can't even make a skype call because of the fan noise. This is very fustrating. I have updated the driveres but it didn't improve. Is there a specific drive update which solves this?Some people suggest using a fan control software. I'm afraid this will damage or reduce the lifetime of some components. Can it affect the warranty? Please help me, thank you very much! 

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I get this loud fan Noise when playing GtaIV is it safe for my pc ?

Answer:Loud Fan Noise While Gaming

Hello MoeX,

When was the last time you cleaned your machine with canned air?
Good luck and keep us posted,

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There is a loud and griding kind of noise while i use my laptop.It is so annoying and it keeps on vibrating the laptop too.My laptop model number is HP ENVY M6 1215TX .I have been using it for the past 3 years now and there has been no heating issues or fan issues.Please tell me what to do.Should i get the fan  replaced or laptop serviced?And around what will it cost me if i go for the replacement of the fan? (My laptop is not covered in warranty)

Answer:Loud fan noise and vibration

Well the problem is unquestionably the fan. The replacement process is shown on p. 73 of the Manual here: Manual Where do you live (country)? I ask because I am not familiar with what service technicians charge for this kind of work in every country. In the US I can tell you the part would be maybe $15-20US and the labor would be $80-150. If you have some skills at following a manual and maybe a video it is something you can do yourself. We are happy to help as much as possible. 

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Hi,I have lenovo 3000 y410 laptop.The fan of the laptop makes loud noise due to sudden increase and decrease of its speed.The noise suddenly crescendoes... as if my laptop sings an opera everyday.Only thing being this opera concerns me about my laptop's health.I have recorded the sound. If anyone wants I can send it.There is no way I can attach it here. Someone please tell me the solution of it. Btw, is there anybody else who is facing the same problem with the laptop's fan? 

Answer:Fan makes loud noise.

try to clean your air vent by blowing it with compressed air, and see whether you dislodge any dusts, it is probably dirty now and needs to be cleaned........... also install HWmonitor (a free download off the net) and check your CPU temp....... if got warranty, let the Lenovo service people fix it up for you, if not then it is fairly easy DIY job. 

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Question: Loud Beeping Noise

I installed a 200gig hd in my comp, with my 80 gig thats already in there. Everything was good, windows loaded fine, but today my computer light started blinking on and off and my comp made a loud continuous beeping sound. Whats up? Its completely random, and it usually stops making that sound after 10-20 sec.

Answer:Loud Beeping Noise

First guess would be that your system is not getting enough love from your power supply.

Go here: and calculate how much your system needs, then open up your case and look at the sticker on your PSU to see how many watts it is putting out.

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whenever I power up my Lenovo S10-2, It produces a loud continous beeping noise for 15-20 seconds. then the noise will stop. it will remain stuck on the boot screen until i press any key to proceed. thereafter my windows7 will be in a very unstable, unresponsive state. i can use my mouse left click but not right click at all.  i can't do anything much inside windows. can someone help me? thanks.  


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Answer:S10-2 loud beeping noise

hi sunstreaker,
Thank You for using Lenovo Community Forums!
I'm Thinking about stuck key or button on your system.
Can you try running Passmark Keyboard Test a key or button will show red on the image if it is being pressed or held down.
Try doing a BIOS Reset as well
    Keep on hitting F2 when you turn it on,
       Once inside BIOS, hit f9 to load default and f10 to save and exit
Best Regards
Solid Cruver

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I reqcently acquired a second generation X1 Carbon (well, the one with the i7 4600U anyway), however it seems to have a very loud fan noise. Is there any known fix for this issue?  Thanks in advance (and sorry if I've double posted this).

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Hello, I've been searching around for a possible solution to this problem, but didn't find anything major dusts trapped within the fan housing.  The noise is especially pronounced when I plug in the AC, not so much when I'm using the battery.  I downloaded fanspeed to monitor my pc's temperature, and found it to exceed 180 degrees F when running memory intensive programs, sometimes staying at around 200 degree F, in short I can feel alot of heat being emittied through the keypad. The noise is annoying and I believe the fan to be the main culprit, however I read somewhere that an AC malfunction is a possibility.  The laptop is at factory settings, although I did uninstall lenovo power management to fix an exisiting problem before.  Does anyone have inputs?

Answer:T60 emitting loud noise from fan

Hello and welcome here. Please try a vacuum cleaner or a can of compressed air and clean your vents. Here you´ll find some very usefull videos for opening your system. You´won´t void your warranty, if your only open the CRU`S.

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Hey everyone! I just got a new u310 a few days ago. It has Windows 8 installed. I started working on the notebook, hoping the fan noise would eventually stop but it is really really noisy. I installed a software, which would indicate a temperature of 36°C, so usually the fan shouldn't be working on such a high level in the first place. I have read a couple of posts about this, but no one seems to have found a solution for tge U310 specifically. Does anyone have the same problem? I thought maybe there is a BIOS update which would help...? Thanks a lot, Sonni 

Answer:U310 loud fan noise

hi Sonni_87,
The loud fan noise that you're hearing, is it a:1. A wind noise?
     - If it is, this is normal as faster fan speed causes wind noise on the vents (this usually happens if you're getting unusual heat and the fan spins at a higher rate to cool down the CPU/GPU.
2. A grinding / rattling noise?
     - this indicates that the fan is struggling - It's possible that it's hitting something, is dirty or is starting to wear out and needs to be replaced. 
Also, the BIOS can configure on how the fan spins. It's possible that the configuration is set to make the fan spin at a higher rate even on less load on the CPU/GPU (like in this article). In this case, you may need to contact lenovo report this issue

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Question: Realtek loud noise


I have Realtek Microphone in Recording settings of sound and Realtek Digital Output in Playback.

I did not make any updates for my Windows 10 64-bit for last few weeks or changes in settings, and this problem stats when I start my computer today.

I tried to use Skype, but it turned out that my microphone stopped working, my voice is not heard. Then I tried to record voice with sound forge and same here, it should be noted that I do not get just an empty track with zero sound, record just does not happen. It is different things. But most horrible thing I got now is a very loud noise which almost hurts your ears. Noise occurs if I'm trying record something, answer to the skype, and also I got some low clicking sound of very loud short sound each time I'm trying to on video or audio, or switch it with timeline.

I've updated all drivers in Device Manager:

Microphone (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Realtek Digital Output (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Stereo Mix (Realtek High Definition Audio)

and it says the best driver software for your device is already installed.

So I have no idea what to do. Can't get if it is system problem or something wrong with hardware.

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Question: loud static noise!

My computer is constantly making a loud static/rushing/electronic interference noise, all the time apart from when I play a CD using the Windows CD player - but if I try and play a CD using Windows Media Player I still get the noise, and the CD volume is so quiet you cannot hear it over the interference!

Any suggestions? I have a USB broadband modem and the problem started shortly after I installed this. I only have integral sound that came with the motherboard, I don't have a soundcard.

Any help welcome!

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Ok, do I have someones attention? I just would like to know what is causing this noise in my computer. I have an HP Pavilion and it is 5 yrs old. I think something is wearing out, but what?? It is hard to fix?? Please let me know so I can stop worrying..

Answer:Loud Roaring Noise!! What Is It???

Most likely the power supply/fan ...

easy to replace ..

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Whenever i start up a game, a loud squeeky noise appears for no reason. I think its my video card but im just wondering if its something else. Does anyone know about this problem??

Answer:Weird loud noise????

It could be a fan, when you put more pressure on your graphics card it may well decide to turn up its 'im a little bastard' fan.

They can be quiet loud. They should be torn asunder and replaced with nice Coolermaster or Zalman things.

Frosty cool and quiet.

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My laptop - just over a year old now - began making this noise. I of course assume it is the fan or hard drive. I'm glad I did backup for recovery and drivers...but what steps should I take? Any suggestions are appreciated.

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I have a ~2 year old PC, that upon starting has a very loud fan noise, which gradually dies down after ~2 minutes, approx. when entering windows.
I attach a zip file with recording.
Occasionally the PC has become unresponsize as CPU working flat-out.

My PC spec can be viewed in my sig, it did come with a larger fan than required inside for cooling, and I have since doublede the RAM to 8Gb (after which I did experinece some other issues here).

Any ideas, or suggestion of further diagnostics I can do would be appreciated?

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So I recently got a new computer about 1 month ago and the microphone didn't seem to work. When I got it to work there was this really loud annoying sound that had beeps and echos in it, kind of hard to explain. I have turned off the option of "Listen to this device" in the audio control panel and haven't found any further fixed for this issue I wondered if anyone could help me :) The headset I use is the Logitech G230.
Ty in advance.

Answer:Loud noise when using microphone.

You have done what was needed by turning off "listen to this device".
If this is not turned off the sound coming from the speakers is picked up by the microphone and then goes round and round usually referred to as feedback.

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