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What would make this noise? 11 replies

TerranCommando said on: 2008-02-26 06:28 pm
3948 Days, 14 Hrs, 17 Min, 6 Sec ago
When I turn my laptop on it makes an extremely loud grinding noise. It's not high pitches or anything it's just a loud growl. I mean I can here it in the next room. It then stops and I can log in and then it starts again. Since it mainly does it when somethings going on (as in ANY time I turn it on) it's probably the fan right? The noise is coming from the holes where the air comes out.

Any chance it's the CPU? Would getting a new fan/ heat sink help?

I have a Toshiba satellite m35x.

Thanks! (I really just want to know is it probably the fan or not).
Dondon said on: 2008-02-26 11:31 pm
3948 Days, 9 Hrs, 14 Min, 7 Sec ago
It's the harddrive probably. It's dying.

Or maybe it's your optical drive. I had a DVD drive that sounded like a jet engine when I booted my comp. It didn't make the sound when in use...
Anguish said on: 2008-02-27 10:42 am
3947 Days, 22 Hrs, 2 Min, 33 Sec ago
It could also be a fan..bad bearings do cause grinding noises.
TerranCommando said on: 2008-02-27 02:51 pm
3947 Days, 17 Hrs, 53 Min, 53 Sec ago
I really should have checked if it was that hard drive before taking it apart. You can access the hard drive by unscrewing one screw on the back of the laptop but to get to the fan you had to remove the keyboard, monitor, and a ton of other things. Since I already did all that I looked around and nobody has replacement fans. The only place I could find it was used on eBay so no thanks. I'm going to clean the fan and the entire inside and then if the noise continues I'll buy a new hard drive.
Dondon said on: 2008-02-27 10:47 pm
3947 Days, 9 Hrs, 57 Min, 41 Sec ago
Fans are very simple devices and will probably out last your CPU.:P
TerranCommando said on: 2008-02-28 04:43 pm
3946 Days, 16 Hrs, 1 Min, 44 Sec ago
Never mind I probably messed it up even more. I just took the one with the dimmed screen to a repair shop. Still not sure if it's the back light or the inverter.
Space-Monkey said on: 2008-02-28 09:22 pm
3946 Days, 11 Hrs, 22 Min, 29 Sec ago
Dondon said on: 2008-02-28 11:31 pm
3946 Days, 9 Hrs, 14 Min, 0 Sec ago
Terran, you're a fucking retard. Stop trying to act like you know anything about computers, because clearly you don't. Stop trying to copy everything I do. Behavior like that in REAL LIFE is pathetic. This is the Internet. Do the math.

SilverSurfer said on: 2008-02-29 02:29 am
3946 Days, 6 Hrs, 15 Min, 47 Sec ago
Ouch That's got to be one major burn for Terran... Seeming all the worshipping he's done to dondon.
TerranCommando said on: 2008-02-29 01:13 pm
3945 Days, 19 Hrs, 31 Min, 10 Sec ago
Not sure why that was directed to me. Last post I made was:

TerranCommando said on: 02/28/08 4:43 pm
(20 Hrs, 28 Min, 21 Sec ago)
Never mind I probably messed it up even more. I just took the one with the dimmed screen to a repair shop. Still not sure if it's the back light or the inverter.

Where I stated I *messed* up my other PC by taking it apart meaning I don't know a lot about computers and I'm not sure if the one with the dimmed screen is either the back light or inverter which people have told me it could be either.

Nataku said on: 2008-02-29 01:59 pm
3945 Days, 18 Hrs, 45 Min, 35 Sec ago
It's ok Terran, welcome to my level of competance.
Viper10488 said on: 2008-02-29 02:58 pm
3945 Days, 17 Hrs, 47 Min, 2 Sec ago
fan, clean it out. take it out and clean it. if u cant do that. get one of those compressed airs and use it.