Very slow acessing disk(s), noisy fan

luislupe

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Hi,

I have a three year old Toshiba A200 that started to behave in a strange manner.
Symptoms:
1. applications (Ubuntu LInux) started to get grey as they took a long time to run.
2. the fan started to make a lot of noise.

First, I though it was a disk issue, although SMART reported no error.
Changed the disk and the problem remained.

Then, I though it could be an operating system problem.
But I got the same fan noise when the computer was rebooting, when still at the grub menu, after working for some time.

So it seems that there is some kind of problem that is neither from disk nor operating system.

What could it be? Motherboard? Just the cooling system not working properly?
Any hints on this?

TIA,

Luis
 

AntiZig

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you seem to have a problem of an aging electronics hardware

The fan noise is just what it is, fan noise. Fans (and fan motors) have a life span and for some of them it's not very long, especially if there's axial alignment issues (which typically produces noise that you hear).

One of the temorary solutions is to make sure the fan + leading vents are clear of dust and if possible, lubricate the motor. If not, replace the fan.

As far as ubuntu turning gray, no idea. Too little info.

check your running temperatures, your processor might be cutting back due to heating issues.

- HW monitor
- Speed Fan

^ programs that can get your temps
 

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