Have you ever experienced an above average level of noise or hum coming from your computer? This noise is usually caused by cooling fans or poorly installed components. I’ve received queries from clients who are fed up with the noise coming from their legacy PC’s and they make noise a central issue when upgrading to new systems. Noise is even a bigger issue in the SOHO business segment, where smaller office sizes and cramped quarters seem to make computer fan noise even more pronounced. This more pronounced noise level, may contribute to making employees more annoyed and generally less enthusiastic about the workplace. There is also a psychological component to the noise problem in that in makes the owners of the technology feel that they bought worthless junk or that they overpaid for their technology.
Just How Do You Fix Unwanted PC Noise?
Well, there are many ways to address the noise problem in your technology. There are many solutions out there, so it is important to correctly identify the source of your problem. However, I have outlined some possible scenarios that will help get you started.
Regular Desktops and Small Form Factor Workstations from Major Manufacturers — In my work I’ve seen quite a few entry level desktops and small form factor workstations that exhibit excessive noise problems. In many cases the noise would become more pronounced, the older the machine gets. With some older HP and Compaq SFF workstations, sometimes the cooling fan in either the power supply or the CPU cooling fan is the culprit. Replacing these components with a higher quality component will fix your noise problem.
Non-Branded Machines Built To Order — These types of machines are kind of scary in that you never know what you will find in these boxes until you open them up. These non-branded machines are usually built by some no-name discount computer stores or dis-reputable people trying to cash in on someone’s naivety. I’ve seen quite a few of these come in for repair and they are all sloppily made with poor components. The case is always shoddy, and how things are installed are shoddy as well. And in all cases, people have paid high sums of money for this worthless junk. With machines like this, a repair is never worth it; just salvage what you can and get a quality machine.