[Novalug] OT Hardware question and perhaps humor
edjames at greenbelt.com
Tue Apr 14 21:53:15 EDT 2009
Well, if you do it Navy-style, yeah - oil everywhere. So do it
Air Force style, aim just a drop into the bearing and no problem.
Been there, done that, boxen still work fine.
Quoting "Jay Hart" <jhart at kevla.org>:
>> I've had luck with hitting CPU fans with a blast of compressed air to
>> quiet down fans. My guess was that perhaps the dust unbalanced the
>> fan somehow. I've also quieted down PSU fans by running machine (NOT
>> WD40!!!!!) oil down the shaft into the bearing.
>> Dust in the heat sink fins mess up heat radiation, so it's bad. An
>> unbalanced fan would wear out a bearing faster.
>> I'd guess that trying the machine oil (as in oil used for sewing
>> machine) in your bearings would be at least worth a try.
> Machine oil in a computer??? I think not. If you add oil into the bearing,
> it can most certainly leak out all over the PC.
>> Ed James
>> Quoting "Bonnie Dalzell" <bdalzell at qis.net>:
>>> I built my desktop around 4 years ago. I have a fan on my CPU cooler
>>> which is noisy when I first turn on the computer. It is however a fancy
>>> fan with four (yes 4) multicolored LEDs so i like it.
>>> It is sitting on top of a big copper heat sink on top of a Athlon CPU
>>> So far I have not been able to find a replacement for it with the four
>>> [yes 4!] different multicolor leds.
>>> My solution to the terrible noise at startup has been to keep the side of
>>> the computer and around 45 seconds after the machine starts up to lightly
>>> tap the side of the fan casing with a pencil. This stops the noise but
>>> of course it means that the side is off the case.
>>> I purchased a plain black (not even a single led :-( ) and this AM I
>>> decided to replace my glorious CPU fan. When I removed it it appeared
>>> that the heat sink was packed full of dust [incidently i did unplug the
>>> So I carefully placed a clean paper towel over the top of the PCI cards
>>> and got a small artists paint brush and brushed the dust off the top of
>>> the heat sink and then i took a strip of paper and slipped it between the
>>> heat sink's thin radiator blades and further removed dust. When I was
>>> through I had a remarkable amount of dust to throw out. Then i used the
>>> brush on the fan with the multicolored leds and spun it - it seemed ok so
>>> I reinstalled it hoping that the dust removal might solve the noise
>>> problem - which it has not.
>>> Questions -
>>> (1) I have looked a lot via google for led lighted cpu fans
>>> for athlon - no luck last month at least.
>>> Anyone have an idea of wether it can be repaired?
>>> (2) Was that amount of dust in a heat sink dangerous?
>>> Bonnie Dalzell, MA
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