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Question for those geeks out there:
Anyone ever had this problem, and can give me advice as to what's wrong with dad's computer? Or, do you have friends or hubbies that can give me advice?

email from dad:

For some time I had
noticed some noise when the computer powered up, but then
it would quiet down. I thought one of the fans must be
starting to have a bearing problem. Yesterday, there was
a noise that didn't quiet down. I opened up the case and
discovered the CPU cooler fan was making noise. Since the
power supply fan was also making the noise at start up, I
decided to replace both. I went to Fry's and found replacements,
although it was a little tricky finding one for the power
supply fan, since it only used two fat pins and the modern ones
use three small pins. The fans seem to be working fine now,
but after I have had the computer on for awhile, I start to get
a static-kind of noise from my speakers. I can keep working
by turning the volume down to zero, but the only way to fix
the problem is to power down the computer for awhile. The last
time it happened it sounded like the noise happened in the
right speaker before it started in the left. It appears that
something is heating up and causing the problem. Have you
ever heard of something like this before? It has happened to
me before, but it was very infrequent and didn't happen again
after you powered down. Now it seems like it eventually happens
every time I turn the computer on, although it may take a couple
of hours.


If you have any ideas as to what this could be, it'd be appreciated. I've never run into this problem. He does have an old sound card, though...

Current Mood: hopin' for help

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From: gorski Date: February 20th, 2002 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Bizarre.

Are the fans of the same capacity as before--do they move the same volume of air per minute?

Can he try moving the sound card to a different slot where it's not immediately next to something else, to try and get a little more air flow over it?

The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is that something on the sound card is heating up in a strange way, and if the only thing different is the fans...

--me

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