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Oh dear god help me. Swapped a harddrive and now the computer just makes a buzz/beeping sound!

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  1. billybob

    billybob Regular member

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    Okay. I swapped an IDE harddrive for my friend...his was broke, so i swapped the harddrive for a new one for him. I did everything fine, everythings connected.

    Now, i start the computer up and instead of it booting up it does this really wierd buzzing/beeping sound. Lasts for about a second and a half then does the same noise again.

    Oh and a red light comes on the front of the pc aswell. Maybe this means i fitted something wrong or im just unlucky as hell?

    ANy help is appreciated.

    P.S im dead if ive screwed it up.
     
  2. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    Did you knock any cables? Unplug the drive, does the same happen?
     
  3. billybob

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    The annoying thing is i know for sure i didnt knock any cables. and what do you mean....completely unplug the harddrive and start it up then?

    Oh by the way, after about 5 minutes the noise stops, but my monitor still says "Check signal cable" meaning its not picking anything up.
     
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    Yeah that's what I mean.
     
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    give me a sec. hey sam...do you have msn? Just so we can have this conversation now and in real time? Pm it me if u could.
     
  6. Auslander

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    make sure the jumpers are set right :)
     
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    The what pardon?
     
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    internal IDE drives have jumpers on the back. you typically have options for cable select, master, and slave. set them right (i'm assuming the master position, for this case).
     
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    Okay ill try it.

    Auslander, pm me your msn address? You and sam can help me out lol.
     
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    i don't do the messenger thing. sorry.
     
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    Thanks anyway...must be a faulty harddrive
     
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    he's sent me a 3gp file of the hard drive. It sounds unhealthy, I think it's faulty and needs replacement. My only concern is if it fried the motherboard via the IDE. Hopefully not, but if not, why the 'no signal'?
     
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    that doesn't mean the board is fried at all; something that works simply needs to be connected to that channel to test it.
     
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    Oh I'm not saying it's definite, it's just something that could have happened.
     
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    aye, but we can hope it hasn't :)

    more testing need be done, arg!

    /me puts on pirate outfit
     
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    So yeh...i didnt go today, because i didnt have time and im pretty certain that me and my dad did the same thing to an oldddd computer of his about a year ago when we tried to change some dodgy old ages RAM around....the thing started making a similar noise.


    Guys im really worried...
     
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    Well, all you can do is try a new hard drive and see what happens.
     
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    billybob

    A weird beeping sound usually means that you have memory problem and if you are hearing a buzzing sound then something is not fully connected. Re-seat your memory and if that doesn't work then try a stick in a previously unused slot just to be sure that you didn't crack the previous memory slot.
     
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    I've listened to the sound, it's neither. I recognise it, but it definitely means there's something funny going on inside the drive. It's too fast to be beeps, and too tonal to be a buzzing from bad electrical connections.
     
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    Hard drives always die in silence so listen again. A beeping sound is almost always related to memory. To hear it just remove your memory and try and boot up.
     

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