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Heat

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Aug 3, 2002
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Florida
I have a 533 celeron system w/ a loud aopen 250 watts. It seems like it is making some grinding noises sometimes, but I know its not the hard drive. I mean, the PSU is basically shaking my case like crazy at times. But the system has not crashed and i haven't noticed any problems with stability though... It is about a year old I guess. It is rather difficult for me to pinpoint where the noises are coming from, its not the HSF, HD, cd burner, etc. Could the mobo make this much noise?
 

Jon

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Lawrenceville, GA
It probably has a cheap sleeve-bearing fan in it that's about to croak. They're not that hard to replace if you have a spare 80mm fan you don't care to splice in there but being an old 250W, it's probably not worth the trouble.

No moving parts on a motherboard (other than maybe a tiny chipset fan) so that wouldn't be it either.
 
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Heat

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Yeah, I figure I'll buy a 300 watts PSU in a couple of months. You mean the fan in the PSU? That's what I'm saying is hard to pinpoint, the HSF may account for some of the noises, but certainlu not the vibrations or grinding sounds.
 
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Heat

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Hmm, I see Newegg has the quiet sparkle 300w for $27. Probably will order this in a couple of weeks, hope it'll solve the noise/vibration problem.
 

larrymoencurly

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Jul 14, 2002
I was told to never use WD-40 to lube bearings because it's like mineral spirits, and you should always use 5-10 weight machine oil.