|01:53 am - Bad whirr *poke*|
I have a love/hate relationship with the
computer I normally use. I let it run forever without making it go to
bed, it stays running fine for months at a time. I upgrade something in
it or add something new, it has no problems with it at all.
As some of you already know, my main
computer is a Dell. If there had been more time, when my father bought
it, I probably would've ended up with either an Alienware system or one
I put together myself. As it was, though, with only a few days to get a
computer, my father just got a Dell. He did get what was top of the
line at the time, and listened to my recommendations as far as the
options on it. But still, it's a Dell.
The case is nice, as far as proprietary
cases go. It would probably be a really expensive case too. It's
occasionally annoying to get into, given that I have to swing the side
open instead of sliding it off, and then the HDDs are in an enclosure
that needs to be unscrewed and pulled out before the HDDs can be changed
out, and to get to a lot of the things on the motherboard you need to
swing the PSU up and out of the way, and then there is the current issue
I'm most annoyed with.
My system has what could be a very nice
airflow system that came in it, and I'm sure it would overheat if it
were removed. The P4 CPU has
a large high-quality heatsink on top of it, but unlike most systems
there is no fan directly on top of the heatsink. There is only one fan
inside of the system, other than those built into the PSU and included
on the video card. That single fan is custom-mounted onto the back of
the case, directly next to the CPU's heatsink. A large hood is then
attached over the heatsink, CPU and fan, confining the airflow into a
path directly up through the bottom of the hood and through the
heatsink, then out the back of the case via the fan.
Today my roommate woke me up because she
heard a loud whirring noise coming from around my computers. I started
feeling around to see if the cats had knocked something into the back
of the computers and gotten it stuck against something, but couldn't
find anything. Of course, then I pressed on the back of the case around
the fan and the whirring turned into more of a grinding and clicking
noise. Oh goody — the fan was wobbling. I quickly
bookmarked everything I had open in Mozilla, quit IRC with a message
about the wonderful situation, then shutdown the system and started
tearing things apart.
I never knew that my motherboard would
warn during POST if the fan was disconnected. Now I do, which I guess
is a good thing to know. I have managed to pull the custom plastics off
of the original fan, so all I need now is a 90mm box fan with a three
wire power connector. Hopefully I can pick up a fan tomorrow sometime
early and get my system back up and running.
I do hope I can build myself a new
system someday soon, possibly before the end of the year. It would be
nice to have a bit more modern of a system, especially one that doesn't
have an OEM-modified BIOS (that only boots OEM-modified CDs) along with
other not-so-fun suprises. Wish me luck, I guess, for tomorrow and
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