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Out of the Blue

I'm going to have to go on a hunt today to track down a noise in my office which has either just begun, or at least just become noticeable to the point of annoyance. It's a fairly high-pitched whine coming from my PC, so I assume it's a cooling fan, and hopefully a little compressed air will take care of it, though it's always possible something will need replacing. I keep thinking this entire years-old machine will need replacing one of these days, but it keeps trucking along like the Terminator, and every time I think it's developed some fatal issue, I find a cure just as soon. Maybe this time it's terminal just because I'm assuming it isn't, and the fates just love to mess with assumptions. We shall see.

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4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2013, 10:05 Mr. Tact
 
Yeah, I hate looking for this stuff. I seem to be more sensitive to those noises than most. I've actually been hoping that as I get older my hearing would get worse and I wouldn't be so sensitive to it. Hasn't seem to happen yet... both good and bad news.  
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2013, 09:59 InBlack
 
My bet. Video card fan. Happened to me a week ago, took the card out, vacuum cleaned it, then had to physically brush every single fan blade with a toothbrush and presto. It still acts up every now and again but its much more tolerable...  
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2013, 09:21 dj LiTh
 
Ahhh i know what ya mean Blue, my last computer just wouldnt die so i effectivly had to put a DNR on it and pulled the plug when it wouldnt even die properly. Although all i did really was a upgrade (cpu/mobo/ram +another gpu for SLI).  
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2013, 09:00 Verno
 
Whines are usually a fan bearing, coil or bad cap in my experience. At least they are easy to troubleshoot.  
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