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Problem with computer, strange sounds

Discussion in 'Recording' started by BennisHahn, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. BennisHahn

    BennisHahn Guest

    Long post.
    Computer specks are 2.8gHz P4, ASUS P4P800 Deluxe Mobo, 2 WD HD's, M-Audio Audiophile 24/96

    Ok, I built a computer for audio about a month ago. Came together quickly (my first time at doing this) and without any difficulty. Been working like a charm ever since. I have 2 problems, one serious, the other a minor inconvenience.

    I am not doing anything heavy with it, 20 tracks, but I do use a lot of plugs, I normally run around 40-50% on my cpu. To me this doesn't sound like much but every 20 seconds or so, the cpu meter jump to the red for a split second, This causes my audio to crackle.

    Now for the serious one. For reference, I have 4 fans in my computer. The cpu heat sink/fan, the ps fan, a 120mm case fan, and a fan on my graphics card.

    Last night, my computer had been running for about 10 hours. I hadn't done anything to tax the cpu at all the entire day. When I go up to turn it of, it has gotten really noisy. (I am assuming it is the fans because I have never been able to hear my hard drives spinning.) Then right as I am about to click on the start button to shut down, it sounds as if at least two of the fans stopped spinning and the other one sounds like you are starting a car and it isn't catching. That ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah sound. I immediately shut down thinking it is the cpu fan.

    I checked the case this morning, and everything visually is ok. Then I tried to start up the computer. Started up like normal. After about three minutes, it starts the same sound. I put my ear up to the case and it sounds like it is one of the fans. The 120mm is still spinning and so it the ps fan. This means it is either the cpu fan or the video card fan. Should I open the case while it is making this sound to see what’s going on?

    Sorry for the long post, and I hope some of you can help me.
  2. sie7e

    sie7e Guest

    Depending on what Computer case you have you can have it open while it is running to see where the sound comes from. Fans are the biggest source of noise inside a coputer. Maybe dust got in one of them and the friction is causing that. I would suggest looking on the web for low noise fans. they may cost a bit extra than the normal ones but you will notice a big difference.

    I recently changed my heat sink on my CPU to a cooper heatsink which takes care of heat better than a regular aluminum one; thus making the fan spin at slower RPMS i saw a big improvement.

    go to


    I hope that helps


    Jose Luis

    Pro Audio Solutions
    Nashville, TN
  3. BladeSG

    BladeSG Guest

    There should be no problem at all taking the sdide of your case while it's on.

    You might want to also check that in your BIOS you have it set to 'Shutdown if CPU Fan Fails', or something like this. Just in case.

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