As the topic suggests: For a little over a year now, my computer has been making a weird puttering noise. Being a broke college student, I've been hesitant to take it to a repair shop, especially if it's nothing.
I'd open it up myself, but it being a laptop and all. Don't want to mess anything up.
My laptops a Qosmio X505-877. The sound is coming from the back of the computer. It sounds like a fast puttering noise. Similar to a card being placed in a bicycle wheel, although not as severe.
If anyone has an inkling of what it might be, it'd be helpful! I've asked around, and most think it might just be the fan hitting against something, such as a sticker.
I once had a similar issue I had to fix on my sister's laptop. I ended up finding out it was the heatsink fan for both the GPU and CPU (their connected via the heatsink) and replaced the whole thing for about $40. Unfortunately, I didn't think of just replacing the fan itself. I'm just trying to give you an idea of what you might pay, I suggest seeing if just replacing the fan itself will work.