January 08, 2005

*No Disassemble!

My computer had been getting loud. Occasionally, I'd hear a nasty grinding sound. Not good. Then in the last week it was becoming more frequent. This morning it became constant.

So...took the cover off, cleaned it out...still making a racket. I thought it was the cooling fan thingie...disassembled it, cleaned, put a drop of machinery oil thingiestuff in it...still making noise.

Hmm. Hmm. There's another fan...touch it, and the noise stops. Sigh...it's the CPU fan. Fiddle, fiddle, disassemble, clean...yuck. There were about five pounds of dust in there and under there and all around there. Clean, drop of oil thingiestuff, reassemble...no more noise.

So now all is relatively quiet. I didn't realize how loud it was getting around here until now. Plus I swear everything is working faster. Happy day!

Of course...now I jinxed it and my hard drive will explode tomorrow.

Posted by Jennifer at January 8, 2005 06:43 PM


Probably be worth it to go grab a new cpu fan. Once they start going bad there is no stooping them. Most of them use cheap sleeve bearings and it's probably on it's last legs. At least it had the grace to become noisy, most of them just seize up and the cpu ends up cooking itself.

Posted by: Pete at January 9, 2005 11:47 AM