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Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Viper3, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. Viper3

    Viper3 Regular member

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    I don't know if this is the right section. My computer is making weird clicking sounds and I don't know where it's coming from. I think it may be my power supply. I've had it for almost 4 years. Do power supplies making clicking sounds when they're ready to go out?
     
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    i know hard drives start clicking when the bearing's start going bad
     
  3. The_Fiend

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    Your hard disk is dying.
    Start transferring your important data to DVD's, an external hard disk, or some other form of storage.
    Then, get a new hard disk, and start reinstalling.
     
  4. ireland

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    also use a system copying software to copy ye hard drive to a new hard drive,like norton ghost or Acronis True Image
     
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    The link below is for a site that specialises in drive imaging & has sections on ghost or acronis,it's all free advice if you need help


    http://radified.com/cgi-bin/YaBB/YaBB.cgi

    to find out where the noise is comming from use a hollow plastic or rubber tube or tubeing and listen with your ear like a doctors steth,automotive vacuum tubing would be ideal,there are automotive sethoscopes but you'd need to be careful as the sensor part is a solid really long thin 8" steel rod attached to a bulb which attaches to two hollow tubes with earpieces or you could use a long thin screw driver on the hdd casing you should be able to hear the rumbling of dry bearings & yes any sound will transmit up the screw drive,it's an old school trick :D
     
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  6. Viper3

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    I really don't think it's my hard drive. Could it be my power supply? It's just that the noise is coming from the back of my computer and my hardrive is in the front. It may have to do with the cpu fan. The only way I can describe it is a clicking sound. It has random pitches and random lengths between sounds. When one sound comes, it is comprised of different pitches in a row. I even opened up my computer and laid it on its side and the sound stopped.
     
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    laid it on it's side and the noise stopped ?

    sounds like a fan gone home

    any bets on a graphic card fan ?
     
  8. Viper3

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    I can see through my case. When I shake it, it doesnt get any worse or better, so thats why I don't think it's a fan. Unless you mean it's the fan itself and not the fan hitting any wires.
     
  9. tocool4u

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    Take out your disk drive and see if your PC is still making that "clicking" sound
     
  10. TheMadMan

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    Clicking could be:
    1. Wire hitting some fan
    2. Harddrive dying (thats bad, lol)

    If it is comming from your power source, I would see how to stop it. The power source is very important. I have a friend that had a bad power source and after a couple years it messed up his harddrive.
     
  11. Viper3

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    Today, after not having turned on my computer for a while, I booted it up and it went into windows. Not much later did the computer just shut off by means of what seemed to be a power failure. I then turned my computer on again and it shut off after about 5 seconds. I then gave it about 10 min. and it was able to go into windows again and everything looked normal (desktop) and then it just shut off once again. This definitely seems like a power supply problem. I don't want to order something online if I don't need it but this seems like the most logica problem correct? I've had this computer for about 5 years now and it looks like it's starting to go through the wears and tears.
     
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    take a look at the can shaped objects on the motherboard as these are capacitors, they are to be flat topped not domed.
     
  13. Viper3

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    I know what capacitors are. What about them?
     
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    are they flat topped or domed?
     
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    Looks like flat topped. I have A7N8X-Deluxe. Also, I took apart my computer just now and I realized that the sound is from my ASUS V9950 Ultra VGA card. There are two fans and one of them doesnt spin and the other has become somehow misaligned and the fan will sometimes hit something and make a sound. Everytime the sound is made, I can see the fan twist a little. I know for a fact that my graphics card fas are not working properly. Can the symptoms described above be solely from graphics card?
     
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    good possibility. try rotating the non-spinning fan to see if can rotate because if can than possible to fix by lubrication. i'll tell you how when you post result as i had to do that to mine. how is the other fan mis-aligned? see if that fan blade can be pulled off as possibility the c clip holding the blade shaft has either broken or popped off.
     
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    I opened up my card to see what was going on. Both fans can rotate. One is much easier than the other (the one that spins) but it actually almost seems too loose. As for the other, it would appear as though both should spin. The noise has reduced since putting it on and this is the first time I'm testing my computer again. I'll see what happens I suppose.
     
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    It must be hitting part of the metal on the card and won't stop. The sound is irritating. I will try to bend the metal back and fix it. If this doesn't work, how bad of an idea would it be to manually stop the one of two fans from moving so that there is nothing there?
     
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    not a good idea as can fry part of voltage circuit on card. see if loose fan can be pulled of housing as sounds like it can as c-clip that holds fan shaft to housing might have popped off or broke off.
     

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