My cooling fan (at least I think its the cooling fan) is making an odd noise. I opened up the computer and good lord there was a ton of dust inside. So, I cleaned all the dust out, but the fan is still making the noise. So, I went to price some fans, and they are pretty cheap, only problem is, I have no idea which one is "correct" for my computer.
I have a cheap HP-501n. I went to the HP website and discovered they dont make the fans any more.
SO, how do I know what I need to get, as far as a replacement fan? They had a bunch of stuff about sockets and different lettered sockets and numbered sockets and I have no idea WTF they are talking about.
Its the fan that is inside, not the one that is mounted at the back of the unit.
Does anybody know how I would figure out which fan is right?
If you know what sort of processor you have, you should be able to go to a PC shop and say "I need a heatsink and fan for a (insert processor here)" Then its up to you to get the right priced option for you. One thing to check is that it will fit in your system, have an idea of how much clearance there is above the cpu, alot of newer heatsinks are much higher than older ones.
Originally posted by StaggerLeeMy cooling fan (at least I think its the cooling fan) is making an odd noise.
Stags, I would take a good photo of it and measure it. Then I would go to outpost.com and see what you can find. The best absolute solution would be to remove it and take it to a local store, preferably a Fry's (Do they have Fry's in St Louis? I don't think so)
There is almost no scenario for the home user where upgrading RAM will not help. Especially if you're running a reasonably modern OS on it (i.e. Windows 2000/XP). But even if you're running Windows 98 or Millenium, 128MB RAM is nowhere near enough.