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 10/02/2006 10:43 AM
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I have a fairly old machine (c. 5 years) with a 800Mhz AMD Duron. I'm not too bothered about the speed but the fan on the heatsink is intrusively noisy. When I get some cash, I will get a better computer but for now does anyone know any tricks for (inexpensively) resolving this problem. Apparently, small fans (and particularly Delta) are notoriously bad for this because of their high rpms. If nothing else, could I soundproof my case (polystyrene, old duvet, etc.)?
 10/02/2006 12:22 PM
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If its the bearings that makes noise, this may help for a while, lubrication, see link

http://insight.zdnet.co.uk/har...ips/...135514-3,00.htm

If the temps are good, speedfan program may be able to adjust the fan speed. Careful with the adjustments.

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 10/06/2006 05:42 AM
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quote:

Originally posted by: go_for
If its the bearings that makes noise, this may help for a while, lubrication, see link

http://insight.zdnet.co.uk/har...ips/...135514-3,00.htm

If the temps are good, speedfan program may be able to adjust the fan speed. Careful with the adjustments.






Wonderful! After searching for an answer for so long, I am amazed how simple the remedy is. Just one drop of oil, as suggested, and the overbearing drone has been transformed into a very acceptable hum. I have no idea what the decibel rating is but I would suspect it's no more than half of what is was.
Many thanks - you are, indeed, venerable.
 10/26/2006 02:00 AM
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Originally posted by: PaulMisselbrook
I am amazed how simple the remedy is. Just one drop of oil, as suggested, and the overbearing drone has been transformed into a very acceptable hum. I have no idea what the decibel rating is but I would suspect it's no more than half of what is was.


Lessened noise, lessened vibration, gladened cpu. How long the quick-fix lasts depends partly upon the type of oil used (and I don't mean among engine and transmission or common hardware store oils). If you've ever heard it screech or squeal rather than just make rattling sorts of noise, you've in effect arrived too late with oil. The fair silence (sans vibration) is wonderful, for the cpu and everything else in the box. However, a cpu fan that old is yet another day closer to the inevitable, and nanodroplets of oil flung hither and thither aren't a good idea, if only for their holding dust wherever they landed. For the modest cost of replacement, while fans for that cpu are still available brand new, you might consider buying at least one brand new one to keep handy, but preferably one to mount and one spare.
 10/26/2006 09:21 AM
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Dust in the heatsink will further impinge upon the fan's ability to shift heat. I would imagine that in a system of this age there could be considerable amounts of dust, and if so I would recommend removing the fan to clean it

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 10/26/2006 10:01 AM
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Originally posted by: Wildcard
Dust in the heatsink will further impinge upon the fan's ability to extract heat. I would imagine that in a system of this age there could be considerable amounts of dust, and if so I would recommend removing the fan to clean it


At the very least fire compressed air between them (taking pains to do so parallelto the sink slots).

In a machine of that age one might well find enough dust for growing potatoes--far younger ones have enough for that--but hopefully if the machine has lasted five years he has periodically cleaned it.
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