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Brand New T440S makes annoying buzzing noise (apparently when fan starts)

2013-12-20, 12:57 PM

I bought my T440S just 3 days ago. It is my first PC for several years - I have been using Mac mostly. Now, this brand new T440S makes an incredibly annoying buzzing noise when the fan starts. I have captured two videos of it happening. Please listen for yourself. I find it unbearable,especially considering it is a new computer. 

 

I do not know that the problem is. I have already contacted the support team and am waiting to hear back from them. But what I can say is that I am very disappointed. I should not have to waste my time dealing with this issue. I never had to deal with any issues with my new Macbooks. And now this is happening.

 

Anyway, the videos are here. If anyone has any insights, please let me know:

 

T440S Buzzing Noise 1

T440S Buzzing Noise 2

 

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Re: Brand New T440S makes annoying buzzing noise (apparently when fan starts)

2013-12-20, 14:25 PM

Mine was doing the same thing. It stopped after I let the machine "burn in" for a few hours.

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Re: Brand New T440S makes annoying buzzing noise (apparently when fan starts)

2013-12-20, 14:33 PM

Hi, by "burn in", did you mean you kept the fan working for a few hours?

 

Most importantly, did it PERMANENTLY solve the buzzing problem for you?

 

Thanks

 

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Re: Brand New T440S makes annoying buzzing noise (apparently when fan starts)

2013-12-20, 14:37 PM

I added RAM and swapped the hard drive out for an SSD, then had to do a couple attempts at reinstalling the OS, so the thing was being rebooted a lot. Once it was "stable" I installed a bunch of my dev tools which taxed it enough to get the fan going. Hasn't made a peep in a couple days now.

 

As for "permanent", I've only had this machine since Tuesday. But I really doubt the noise is coming back.

 

FYI, if yours doesn't quiet down it looks like a really simple replacement job. 

 

 

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Re: Brand New T440S makes annoying buzzing noise (apparently when fan starts)

2013-12-20, 14:51 PM

Thanks. But you were not saying that the upgrading you did was part of the cause of or solution to the noise problem, right?

 

It is interesting that we both had this machine 2-3 days ago.

 

Regarding replacement, you were referring to the fan, right (not RAM and SSD - by the way, mine came with SSD)?

 

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Re: Brand New T440S makes annoying buzzing noise (apparently when fan starts)

2013-12-20, 15:01 PM

I'm saying that I had the cover off to make upgrades and made sure nothing was interfering with the fan while I was there. 

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Re: Brand New T440S makes annoying buzzing noise (apparently when fan starts)

2013-12-20, 18:19 PM
My review is here...no fan noise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1GdvPLqjdQ
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Re: Brand New T440S makes annoying buzzing noise (apparently when fan starts)

2013-12-20, 21:40 PM

It isn't normal.  Mine runs exceptionally quiet.  Do you have turboboost turned on manually in the power settings on Win 7?

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Re: Brand New T440S makes annoying buzzing noise (apparently when fan starts)

2013-12-21, 12:51 PM
This is the exact same fan noise I had out of the box with my t440s. The noise is due to the fan blades rubbing on the fan cage. The noise disappeared after a week of use or so without doing anything. Now it makes a normal whispering noise. Maybe you can try to run a game or some more cpu intensive task to force the fan to spin and let it that way for a few hours and see how it goes. You can also wait a few days and see if the noise goes away like mine did.
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Re: Brand New T440S makes annoying buzzing noise (apparently when fan starts)

2013-12-21, 14:46 PM
Hi, thanks for your reply. I did not manually turn on that thing (I don;t even know what that is). Anyway, I just went back to the store this afternoon and had my T440s exchanged for another one.
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