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computer making loud noises when powering on

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I have a Gateway, not sure what exact model, it's from 2003.

Anyways, late last night while I was away from the computer, it suddenly started making a really loud whirring noise. I immediately ran in an cut the power, fearing it was on fire or something. After removing the cover and seeing nothing really out of the ordinary, I turned it back on, but it made the loud noise again.

Then, when I turned it on today, the noise was gone.

From what I have concluded, the noise appears to be coming from this box.


Now I have almost no knowledge of Computer hardware whatsoever. Most of my knowledge is of software.

So can anyone give me any help here?

What is that box? What does it do? Can it be fixed?
Replaced? Manually? Cost?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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This type of noise can be occur when the Memory usage shoots to 100%.. or may be the reason of Hardware Worn out viz. RAM, or Hard Disk..

I would suggest you to check if the noise start again, the CPU Usage and if it run normally, then replace your system RAM.. (memory Card)
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