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Compaq Armada M300 - how much noise should it make?

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by Henry Law, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. Henry Law

    Henry Law Guest

    I've just bought a second-hand Compaq Armada M300 (PIII 500MHz) for my
    father to use (simple web browsing and mail). It checks out OK with
    all the diagnostics but it's remarkably noisy. There's a pronounced
    whine from the fan - as noisy as many desktops I've come across, and
    with a metallic timbre to it that I've not heard before. It's the
    laptop itself, not the docking unit where the FDD and CD are.

    Before I take it up with the guy who sold it to me (who's dead
    straight, so I don't want to mess him around) ... can someone who has
    one of these, or had one, tell me what level of noise is normal?

    (I hope this isn't an FAQ; I Googled fairly intensively, though I'm
    not sure I found an adequate query string)
    Henry Law, Jun 28, 2005
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  2. Henry Law

    Sepp Guest

    I have an M300 P3/600; the fan is whisper quiet, though the original HDD
    (which I replaced with a 40GB/5400) sounded similar to your description
    of what you think might be fan noise. In your position I'd try a
    different disk first, even if on a temporary basis, to rule that out as
    the source of the noise (and certainly far easier to replace than the fan!)

    On a separate note, the M300 manual I printed out claims the machine can
    take 512MB memory, but a DIMM larger than 256MB keeps the machine from
    booting (even though the 512MB is recognised by the BIOS). I sure would
    like to know a way utilize the larger DIMM! Anyone...?

    Sepp, Jul 2, 2005
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