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My asus x401a is making a terrible racket, a whirring sound,

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My asus x401a is making a terrible racket, a whirring sound, upon start-up and during operation. this started a few days ago, and if I slapped it softly on the left side where the sound originated, it stopped. Now, it will not stop. Any ideas?

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Nathan :

Hi there, sorry to hear you're having trouble with the asus,

Nathan :

unfortunately the symptoms you describe would point to a faulty cooling fan. It could be out of balance because of dust/debris inside, but is more likely a failing motor or a bad bearing.

Nathan :

You can try blowing out all of the cooling slots around the sides of the computer with compressed air, in an effort to clean it out.

Nathan :

If it persists after that, the fan assembly would need to be replaced.

Customer:

That doesn't sound so bad. Would it be best if I opened it up and checked the fan assy?

Nathan :

If that is a task you feel up to doing yourself, you can get the part here: http://www.notebookparts.com/asus-x401a-asus-x401a-fan-heatsink-13gn3o1am010-1/

Nathan :

You certainly can, if you are comfortable doing so. You can look at the link I just sent for a pic of the assembly, so you know what you're looking for, but it should be pretty obvious.

Customer:

Definitely. I just have to download the manual but it seems relatively straightforward. Any tips?

Nathan :

Note that if you think the unit is under any warranty still, you should not attempt any repairs yourself, as you'll void the warranty. I would be better to let them cover the repair costs at a local shop.

Customer:

Of course, it's just out of warranty (when all things break), so I'll have a look-see on my own.

Nathan :

It sounds like you have a good handle on it, it's fairly straightforward. But I would unplug power and remove the battery before going inside.

Customer:

Shall I check back with you if it seems the dfan is not the issue? Can I reach you directly from this site or is it ad-hoc and I get who I get?

Nathan :

And try to ground yourself first (touch something metal, even the screw on an outlet cover plate), so you don't introduce any static into the system and damage the mother board

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So, I should leave this window open...?

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got it.

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Nathan :

The other possibility, besides the fan bearing, is that the hard drive is going bad.

Customer:

Ok...and insofar as payment, I did the deposit thing but there is a 'free trail' so what does that mean?

Customer:

The hard drive going bad would be bad news. but also do-able to replace, right?

Nathan :

Yes it is, and as long as it is working okay now, you should be able to get all of your files backed up, so they can be restored to a new disc, if needed.

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Customer:

Thank you. And the payment issue? Should I reads something or ask someone else? Not sure what the status is based on my above question.

Customer:

Ok.. got it...

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sorry for the repeat.

Customer:

I'll let you go and get back to you later if it is a different issue.

Customer:

Thanks again Nathan.

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Bye.

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