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post #1 of 15
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I don't know much about computer hardware, but I know the noise is coming from the fan inside my power supply. I figure maybe the baring is loose, because earlier instead of the chirp it was struggling to even spin and made a loud grinding noise.

The chirping might also be because something went wrong and it's spinning way too fast now?

Either way, I ordered a new one off newegg. I'm praying my computer lasts the next two days. Any idea on what's wrong/if it's fixable though?

I have a HP 5188-2622, replacing it with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035
post #2 of 15
If it is a fan problem, thats grounds for an RMA.


But seeing as how its a 'pre-built' computer, you cant really get it replaced by the manufacturer, unless its still under warranty.
post #3 of 15
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Yeah I know that's why I bought a new one. The computer runs fine and isn't heating up abnormally right now though, but the noise of the fan is driving me off the walls crazy.

The only thing I added to the CPU was a Geforce 250. CPU is a year old now, I think the stress from the graphics card probably overworked the PSU over time. It would explain the random total comp shut downs I've been experiencing lately when gaming. I have to put a desk fan directed at the computer at med-high settings to keep it from overheating.
post #4 of 15
could be anything, screw could have been loose and dropped in to it.

can u see the fan spin, put something in like a pen, and start the pc as see if it make the noise


edit -- dont do that pen thing

the psu in the pc was probs only designed to be used on the stock set up, so that might be why its died,
Edited by andrewmchugh - 1/20/11 at 6:27am
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yeah definitely not sticking anything in there, I know it's the fan that is the issue already.

Is there a way to slow down the speed of the fan? I know that is an incredibly stupid sounding idea, but I feel like it's in overdrive right now for some reason.

edit:
forgot to mention that when I opened the case to see what was wrong initially, a few globlets of glue were falling out of the PSU.
Edited by crxss - 1/20/11 at 6:35am
post #6 of 15
Stick a pencil in there to stop the blades and keep listening.

Chirping can also be the sound of failing capacitors.
post #7 of 15
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well it's definitely the fan, capacitors aren't failing.

I think the fan's baring is coming loose, because it had difficulty trying to spin again once I removed the pencil. It was wobbling too. Very strange.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by crxss;12078193 
well it's definitely the fan, capacitors aren't failing.

I think the fan's baring is coming loose, because it had difficulty trying to spin again once I removed the pencil. It was wobbling too. Very strange.
That's usually a sign of a dying ball bearing fan.
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If it is a sleeve bearing fan, then you can try oiling it with singer oil.

Check this article out for fan oiling http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/773256-prepping-sleeve-bearing-fan-work.html
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post #10 of 15
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How do i tell what type of fan it is?
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