Computer Making Noises
Is your computer making a lot of noise? Give Milford Computer Service a call and if you're in the Milford NH or Nashua NH area, we can help.
Unfortunately, there are many causes for annoying or concerning computer noises. In any computer, the most common cause of noise is the fan. A fan that's spinning quickly needs to remove heat from your computer, but that's a discussion for another time. If your computer is making noises that are obviously more concerning than the constant whirring of a speedy fan, then you have cause to worry. Shut down the computer as soon as possible. You don't know what causing the noise, and therefore leaving the computer on could be aggrivating the issue.
The most common causes of fan noise are the introduction of large particles, strings, or other disruptive solids into the body of the computer. The fan doesn't know it's fighting to keep running, it's just a fan. If there's something stuck in the fan, and the fan hasn't already stopped working, it's at risk of dying. Without a fan, your computer won't stay on for long. Grab a can of compressed air and attack every fan you see. If nothing that was obviously causing the problem leaves the computer, the next step is to open it up. Remove the body of the computer and peek into the fans. You'll likely need a screwdriver to get your computer open. Don't pry things open! If it just won't budge, you probably missed a screw. Search the fans for debris, and confirm that they're not the culprit of the noise.
In desktop PCs, the most annoying form of noise is known as "coil whine" and it's most common on dedicated graphics cards. There's no easy fix for this one. Coil whine is caused by electromagnetic coils. All coils have their own electromagnetic frequency, but coil whine occurs when the coil is physically vibrating due to electric signals passing through said coil. The harder your GPU is running, the louder the coil can get. Coil whine should always be considered a defect, and the best solution is to get a refund or replacement, should you notice the problem occur.
The final step in troubleshooting is to look for any loose parts that could be moving. Maybe a fan wasn't screwed in all the way? If you're sure that the noise you're hearing isn't just a hard drive making more noise than you're used to (make sure to keep backups just incase!) the last resort is to call up your local shop. That's where we come in.
All else has failed? Get in touch and we will handle your issue promptly, courteously and professionally.
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