My laptop has begun a fairly loud buzzing sound

@maximax8 (28256)
United Kingdom
February 25, 2013 8:16am CST
I was typing on My Lot using my Toshiba laptop and a loud buzzing sound has come on. It seems like the internal fan has got very noisy. I wonder why that has happened. For a couple of days I have been using my new power cord. It felt wonderful to sort out that problem. Hey presto and I have another laptop problem. Oh my! What do you think? Thanks.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
25 Feb 13
That doesn't sound too healthy my friend, the laptop I use is a Fujitsu, I've had it just a year, I got it because my Mac's were always letting me down, now I prefer my laptop than my Mac, I did have a problem with the wireless, for some reason I couldn't use wireless only the ethernet cable, so I got the original discs that came with it, and started from scratch, effectively wiping everything off, and the wireless now works! They can be temperamental at times can't they.
@maximax8 (28256)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 13
Hello my friend Wolfie. Yes, laptops can be temperamental sometimes and this can be worrying. I am very interested to hear about your Fujitsu laptop. It was a shame your Macs let you down so you got that laptop. I took my laptop to a repair shop. It cost 39 pounds to mend. I will use my laptop on a tray now to make sure this doesn't happen to the fan again.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 13
That is what worries me they are so costly to get fixed. I took out an Apple 3 year Warranty because of the problems I had, and I am so glad I did, I would have paid 3x the amount through repair than I did on the warranty. And now the Apple mouse is not working. I booked it in to get replaced, they cost 40 pounds! But that too is covered by the protection plan.
• United States
25 Feb 13
Usually a laptop buzzing sound is bad, it may be that the cooling motor is working overtime. Older laptops don't last as long and since the price has gone down the quality has too. I would just make sure to back up all your files so you don't lose anything important. You might need to check your brick, it can lose power over time.
@maximax8 (28256)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 13
Yes, the loud buzzing sound really scared me. I turned off my laptop and took it to a repair shop the next day. They took a day to sort the problem with the fan out. The shop manager told me not to use my laptop on my lap. He said put it on a tray or desk.
• Lithuania
31 Mar 13
Good thing is to have a pad (or pad wit additional fan(s) - 'cooling pad') for it. :) Buzzing sound problem has two alternatives - dust in cooling system [involves fan] and hard drive [HDD]. Cooling system can be cleaned. You did a good job bringing it to specialist 'cause You have to remove cooling system, clean it and what's more, You have to put on new thermal grease. If that buzzing sound would be from HDD, then it means only one thing - HDD is dying [remember this!]. Then it is best thing to back-up important data ant change Your HDD with a new one. [REMEMBER] 1. Fan - You CAN clean it; 2. HDD - You MUST change it. Good luck :)
@owlwings (39257)
• Cambridge, England
25 Feb 13
There are usually two alternatives. Either a piece of dust or something has got in and is touching the blades of the fan or the fan's bearings have gone. The first option can be cured by a good clean. With a laptop, this can involve some dismantling, a soft brush and a can of compressed air. It is possible to do it yourself if you feel competent at taking things apart and putting them back together again. Alternatively, you may want to take it to a repair shop. It is not a major job and should just cost you an hour's worth of time. If the fan itself is damaged or the bearings are going, you are probably best taking it to a repair shop anyway. A replacement fan is not very expensive and the technician should also clean the inside of the machine as well whilst he has it apart.
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@maximax8 (28256)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 13
Thanks for your wonderful response. I took my laptop to computer shop to be repaired. It was a problem with the fan.
@owlwings (39257)
• Cambridge, England
28 Feb 13
I'm glad you got it fixed promptly. £39 (presumably £34 + VAT) isn't bad. Whoever called the blessed things "laptops" ought to be shot! They get usually far too hot for comfort and clothes tend to block the cooling vent. Mine always keeps slipping off my lap and the keyboard position on the lap is really about the worst it could be ergonomically! One of those cushioned lap trays (for TV dinners) is a good investment if you DO like to use it on your lap but I prefer to put it at a suitable height on a table (and put a book under the back of it to get the keyboard at an angle, as it should be).
@chiyosan (29406)
• Philippines
26 Feb 13
Hi maximax, i have noticed this problem too with my laptop but i am using an asus laptop. Every time the laptop is turned on for a few hours already, when the fan seemed "tired" it does make such a sound. You can have it checked if it persists, usually the fan are just dirty.
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@maximax8 (28256)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 13
I think the fan got covered in dust so it stopped working. It inside my laptop so I can't clean it. I got it sorted in a laptop repair shop. I am so happy I won't have to buy a new laptop.
@GreenMoo (11842)
25 Feb 13
I know nothing about laptops, but if you suspect it is a problem with the fan I would turn it off and have someone look at it. Allowing it to overheat as the fan wasn't working properly would probably be an expensive mistake.
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@maximax8 (28256)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 13
Yes, it would have been an expensive mistake to keep using that laptop. I turned it off and took it to be fixed the next day. I paid 39 pounds for it to be fixed. I am delighted I don't have to buy a new laptop. I get to keep my Toshiba one.
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
25 Feb 13
It would probably be best to let some tech expert look at your laptop and diagnose the problem. It could be parts overheating and the fan is just reacting to it. I have heard that some laptops often overheat after a long time of use. Sometimes, the battery might also suffer if too much overheating occurs. However, I am just giving suggestions since I cannot examine your laptop. Hope this helps.
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@maximax8 (28256)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 13
Your comments have helped me. Yes, the repair shop found the fan was the problem. They cleaned the fan and said dust had caused it to stop working properly. He advised me to place my laptop on a desk or tray. He also mentioned over heating.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
25 Feb 13
Do not know about Toshiba, but maybe you should take it to a repair shop. It could be your power cord is incompatible or you need a new fan.
@ptrikha_2 (8291)
• India
28 Feb 13
These things do happen to computing machines. I have seen this problem more often on my desktop. However, it seems that even laptops are not immune to such issues. So, has this problem been resolved?
@maximax8 (28256)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 13
Yes, this problem has been resolved for 39 pounds at a laptop repair shop. I was told to keep my laptop on a desk or a tray not on my lap. I will be very much more careful with my laptop now.
@scubapro (1058)
• Gifu, Japan
31 Mar 13
there is a problem inside i think.it must be fan problem or it can be dirty inside, laptops can be dirty soon and its not easy to clean,you can use hair dryer for cleaning your laptop,or bring your laptop to the professional repair shop. because fan problem is very complicated problem,so its dificult fix it yourself. my wife had toshiba too and same problem appeared. we couldnt fix it and repairing was expensive,solution was buying a new one. so before getting late just ask it or show it to pros. happy mylotting