fan noise

Why is my computer louder?

Episode 1348

David from Venice Beach, CA

David's PC is starting to make loud fan noises. He cleaned out the fans with a vaccum cleaner, but that didn't help. What can he do? Leo says it could be that an update is starting to make the fans run harder. It's not uncommon for an update to make fans louder. It may also be that his fans are starting to wear out and it could be time to replace them. The good news is that they are easy to replace. David can do it himself.

Why does my computer fan make a noise?

Computer fan

Episode 1147

Gary from Long Beach, CA

Gary bought a computer from GoodWill that they have put together. Leo says that's a great idea, and he got a great price on it too. But he's noticed that the fan is making noise. Leo says that could be a wire that has gotten in the way, and that could be dangerous. It could short circuit the wire and cause a fire. So Gary should open up the computer and make sure there's nothing hitting the fan. If that's not the issue, then the bearing of the fan may need to "warm up." They can easily be replaced.

What silent computer would be best for voice-over work?

Apple iMac

Episode 1103

Mitch from Burbank, CA

Mitch does voice-over work and still uses a 2004 Power Mac G5. But the fan is so loud. So he's looking to get a new Mac Pro. Leo says that although it has a big fan, it's extremely silent thanks to it's central core design. But if he doesn't really need a lot of horsepower, the Mac Mini is very quiet as well. An iMac would also work great. That's what Leo would be looking at. It would be about $1200-1500.