How can I fix my CPU because its making a very lod noise?

Question

My Gateway CPU has been making a loud noise for the past few months. It has gotten to point where I can't even use my computer because the sound is so annoying. Do you have any suggestions. Thanks

Answer

This question was answered on February 11, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Check the back of your PC, there will be a grill area next to the power cord connector with a fan installed If you can’t feel any air coming out of the fan take a closer look to see if the fan is running If the fan is not turning (with the computer on), you have a problem with the power supply You must replace the fan as soon as possible In most cases it is cheaper to replace the power supply that houses the fan rather then attempting to replace the fan alone The fan in your computers power supply is what cools the internal components and if it’s not working you will overheat the PC Most computers also have internal fans, they may be mounted on one of the expansion slots of your PC, you will most probably have one or two attached to the CPU You must open the computer case to check these THIS IS IMPORTANT, the CPU fans must be working, with the case off, turn your computer on, NEVER TOUCH INTERNAL COMPONENTS WHILE THE PC IS ON Check to make sure all fans are running If there is a fan that is not turning or is turning erratically turn your PC off and check the wire power connections to the fan Restart the PC and check to see if this fixed the problem If a fan is still not running replace it right away The CPU fan cools the processor and its important that it remains on

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Posted by Ileen of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 11, 2003