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Hardware checks
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:51:19 PM »
Hey Shane

     On occasion my system gets a hum to it (Sounds electrical). How do I perform a hardware check? I'm using windows 7 64 bit home premium on an hp machine that I loaded windows 7 on.



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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 04:50:18 PM »
Does the hum happen as your using the system more?

Reason I ask is a lot of times the cpu fan is set to auto and will pick up speed as the cpu temp rises. Which of course will give a louder humming noise.

Next time it happens take the side of the case off and see if you can pin point where the hum is coming from. :wink:

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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 05:00:48 PM »
Sounds like an electrical  buzz coming from the hard drive vicinity. Ram is right behind it, so I did perform the windows ram check. It's definitely not the cpu fan. It will happen idle or while I'm using it. I pulled the computer apart and cleaned it inside, so far no electrical buzzing. I don't know if unplugging it and hitting the power button to completely discharge it for cleaning helped yet. Guess I'll have to give it some time and see.



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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 05:01:50 PM »
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unplugging it and hitting the power button to completely discharge it for cleaning helped yet.

That will help :-)

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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 05:08:38 PM »
I already took the side case just to make sure something wasn't overheating.


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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2012, 05:20:49 PM »
Speaking of side case. I was thinking about leaving the side case off permanently (for cooling purposes). Whats your take on that?



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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2012, 05:22:42 PM »
Depends on the case.

My case my temps go up when the side is off. This is because I have a 120mm fan blowing in on the front and a 120mm fan blowing out on the back. So I have a good air flow.

If your case doesnt have good air flow then having the side off will help more. :wink:

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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2012, 06:06:36 PM »
What are you using to check temperatures?



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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2012, 06:09:46 PM »
My system is one I built. My motherboard has software to read the temps.

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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2012, 06:10:51 PM »
Any software you would recommend for it?



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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2012, 06:11:34 PM »
Not that I know of. The software I use is made by the motherboard mfg.

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Re: Hardware checks
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2012, 06:14:53 PM »
Okay thanks.


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