Understanding Computers/Grinding


Lately when I turn my computer on it makes a grinding noise like the air fan is struggling to turn or something, and it gets louder briefly when I flick the side of the tower, but as of right now it isn't making any unusual noises. Not sure if it is the fan or what. Computer is a Dell and is 2 years old now. Do computers need occasional vacuuming out or anything like that to keep them running smoothly? Moving parts cleaning, etc?

Hello James:
Thanks for asking this question.

Computer has many components inside the cover such as mother board, fan, hard disk, cables, CD disk.  Based on what I hear from you, I think the occasional noise may be coming from CD spindle in drive.  I think it would be a good idea to open the case and just check around inside to see if any dust got piled up.  You can easily clean up dust, and it will help.

Also please make sure that the disk or disc is inserted properly.


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