Loud computer fan issues
Ok, I have a Dell and it's been a very good computer. Never had to go without it due to problems. But now going on it's 7th year, one of the fans is very loud and comes on a lot.
I read on one forum that when that happened the fan needed to be cleaned. So I turned the laptop over and started taking out screws. I took every screw out and it wouldn't come apart. There was some separation but it was still holding on and felt like I'd break it. So after all that time, I put the screws back in.
It's a Dell Inspiron 9400. Any suggestions?
7 years? Wow! Just don't get another Dell, they don't seem to make the quality they use too. Especially in laptops. I've known several people with 4-5 year old dell laptops running strong and others when new ones plagued with problems.
I had a Dell brought to me that was about eight years old. Maybe the case is the same style? There were two screws in back that you removed, but then there was a button on both the bottom and top of the case that you pushed in. The case opened up like a claim shell. I can tell you for certain you'll be amazed what you find in there. I saw parts that where installed that served no purpose what so ever. Bunch of plastic parts meant to confuse you so you can't fix it yourself. What you should do, is right-click "my computer" and go to properties. It should tell you what CPU you have so it that's the fan running hot, you know what size to replace it with. Take it to a local pc repair or find someone who knows how to build them that can help you. Those dells were not made to be user friendly. What ever you do, do not go to BestBuy or Dell Support. They will rip you off guaranteed. The fan will cost less than $20 and to fix it would take less than 15 min. There's no reason why anyone should have to pay more a ton of money for that. It may not be even the cpu fan since it doesn't sound like the pc is malfunctioning. (If it was the CPU your pc would glitch up and freeze on you). If that's the case, the fan is even cheaper. You mostlikely would have an 80mm fan which is like $4 or less depending where you shop... That only takes about 5 minutes to fix.
If anyone tells you this information is wrong. Please shop else where. One of my big pet peeves is ITrepair working people over simply because they didn't know the technology. I've custom built my own pc, and done so for others. It's a hobby I enjoy so I never even charge labor for it. Just for the parts. For the Dell PC I worked on, I recommended a new pc. (She had a virus eating her PC alive and lost the windows disc, I figured if she was going to have to buy a new XP disc which is more expensive than Windows 7, she might as well upgrade the hardware too.) The lady was worried because computers where so expensive. I built her one for less than $500 (I had some extra ram I threw in for free). That price included the $170 for Windows 7. What I built her, would have cost her at least $1000 or more anywhere else, and would have been loaded up with all those demos and custom apps that only slow the machine down. Not to mention custom builds have better made parts and manufacturers often have warranties on them by default that you would have to pay extra for at the store. Let me know if I can help!