Gateway Server Fans Loud -please help

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hello! i'm working with a gateway 9510 server that has fans that run very loud at times than quiets back down again back and forth. i have updated the server through the gateway website downloads and the problem is still there. any suggestions for the next step? thanks! -thecheyguy
ASKED: April 7, 2006  1:22 PM
UPDATED: April 7, 2006  3:06 PM

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No experience with Gateway boxes per se but, fan noise is very often cured by replacing the fan and is relatively inexpensive to try as a next step.

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  • Bobkberg
    Hi folks - long time no see - too busy. As for the fan, some fans on servers these days are thermostatically controlled, and so don't run all the time. That could well account for the intermittent portion. As bonvivant pointed out, fan replacement is pretty cheap. Other sources of intermittent noise are the cpu fan (if not ducted from a larger one), hard drives, and CD/DVD drives. However, if you have several fans in the system (typical with server grade equipment), I'd recommend that you go by an auto parts store and buy a mechanic's stethoscope, and use it to isolate which fan is actually making the noise. Just make sure that whatever replacement fan you buy is ball bearing or better yet double ball-bearing. The price difference is only a few dollars which is nothing compared to the downtime for replacing it cost-wise. Bob
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