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Please Help with Computer Problem

Last response: in Systems
April 25, 2007 7:44:44 PM

I have a 5 year old Pentium 4 that is starting to make noises. The sound is like a motor revving up then slowing down. If I put my hand on any drive, or on the frame, I can feel it revving up then slowing down. (Does this sound like the power supply, or something I can replace?) Other than that, it works fine. I mainly use it for internet, and burning a lot of disks.

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April 25, 2007 8:11:57 PM

Probably a sleeve-bearing fan, 5 years sounds about right.

Most likely the power supply, for some reason they always seem to go first esp. if it's a noname case-bundled unit. I would pop the hood and try to isolate the noise, temporarily stop one of the fans by forcefully holding the center hub for about 1 second each and see which one it is, replacements are cheap.
April 25, 2007 9:20:36 PM

hard drives do that get a new one they wear down especially old (5 years)
April 25, 2007 10:54:39 PM

At 5 years old even if it is your PSU I'd get a new hard drive at least for back up. There not that expensive and I'd get a larger one that you can always put in an external enclosure if you don't want to install it.