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Windows 7: Rattling noise

26 May 2014   #11
Computer0304

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But for me computers are women. I mean look at how great some of their cases look and how hot they get. I think we are getting too off topic.


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26 May 2014   #12
TVeblen

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Yes! Off topic. We are very good at that too!
Your fault - you marked it as solved.
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12 Apr 2015   #13
Computer0304

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Hey guys, sorry for bringing this thread back. But I wanted to add a little bit more to this thread. This year back in Winter, I have powered up this old pc to backup some more files. It rattled again like it did. Except, I put my ear next to where the case fan is and I found out the rattling was from the case fan instead! I just remembered about this and I'm going to turn it on again in May for just checking on the health of it. Can a case fan rattling cause any problems? It eventually stops anyway and the system temps are actually pretty good.
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12 Apr 2015   #14
TVeblen

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A noisy case fan will not cause any problems other than the noise.
Just unplug it and see if the noise goes away. That won't harm anything short term either.

If you determine it is the fan, then replace it. They are cheap ($12 US +/-).
There are of course "enthusiast" fans. These can get into the $30 US range. Necessary? Debatable.
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12 Apr 2015   #15
Computer0304

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Well, I have to confess that I am scared to open the PC. Will it be fine to leave it as is since it is only used every several months to check up on health?
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12 Apr 2015   #16
TVeblen

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I'd say so.
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12 Apr 2015   #17
Computer0304

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Wait, you mean I can leave it in?
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12 Apr 2015   #18
TVeblen

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Sure.
Eventually it will get really noisy, and then burn out and stop spinning altogether. You may get heat issues without that fan blowing.

Now, I would open up the case a test to make sure it was indeed the fan making the noise.
If it was I would replace the fan.

If you are nervous working inside a computer case then you could take it to a repair shop of retail center and have them do it.
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13 Apr 2015   #19
Computer0304

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Yes, I am sure it is the case fan without opening it as I have tried putting my ear next to the other side vents and it is the loudest from the one back case fan. Well since I barely use this computer anyway, only about 2-4 times a year, do I really have to replace the fan? The sound eventually stops by the way after being on for a bit of time.
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13 Apr 2015   #20
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
do I really have to replace the fan?
No, you don't.
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