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Strange noise in my PC
Thread poster: Noemi Carrera

Noemi Carrera  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:11
Member (2003)
English to Spanish
Sep 26, 2003

Dear colleagues,

My PC makes a strange noise. It seems as if there was a bomb inside of it. The sound is similar to the sounds produced by a clock.
Have you ever experienced something similar?

Thank you very much in advance for your suggestions. This noise is driving me crazy!

Kind regards,

Noemí


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Zhoudan  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:11
Member (2007)
English to Chinese
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Check the fan Sep 26, 2003

The noise might be caused by the fan in your PC. I experienced this once. When the fan is replaced, the noise disappeared.

Zhoudan


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Ruben Berrozpe  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
Tic Tac Tic Tac.... Sep 26, 2003

Hello Noemi,

First of all, there IS a clock inside your PC, though I am afraid it's very unlikely that you'll ever hear it running, specially due to its speed (some 1.x GHz most likely.... uffff)

But talking seriously, let me suggest that your problem sounds rather mechanical, possibly the fan is not working properly or is not properly adjusted.
Could you check if your PC is overheating these days? This could be a clear symptom.

Just a suggestion, but most important - keep cool, don't let it put you down. You'll eventually find the problem and solve it.

Cheers,
Rb

PS: And I must say, I DON'T think there is a bomb in your PC. Unless you're in a James Bond movie, which I guess is not the case ;D


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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:11
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Spanish to English
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Something blocking it? Sep 26, 2003

Ruben Berrozpe wrote:

But talking seriously, let me suggest that your problem sounds rather mechanical, possibly the fan is not working properly or is not properly adjusted.
Could you check if your PC is overheating these days? This could be a clear symptom.


How long has it been since you opened it? The vents gather dust and lint...


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Ruben Berrozpe  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
That WAS a bomb Sep 27, 2003

Tayfun Torunoglu wrote:

Besides above cited sources It may come from your HDD. A HDD problem maybe.

Yesterday I got a few strange sounds too.I never heard before from my PC. Later my passwords all became unfuncional and had difficulties to log in. Later a PC Crash
and W3.Blaster.worm .
I mean, even viruses may have some abnormalities-though such kind of semptoms are not usually reported with viruses.


Dr. Maligno put something in your computer, Tayfun. I am certain about that.

But seriously, yes, HDD is the second most likely along with the fan. Noemi, you should check that.

Rb


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Diogo Santos
Local time: 10:11
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IMHO Sep 27, 2003

I think that for now you should continue to work on the translations you have (if it didn't crash, it will due for a couple of days more! ) and when you're sure that you won't need the computer for a day or two, go to the place where you bought it and explain the problem, before you disasemble the computer. If you try to fix the problem yourself, you might loose your garantee... Besides, if the fan has dust, they will clean! If the problem is with the HDD, the only solution is to buy a new one...

Kind Regards,
Diogo Santos

Noemí Carrera wrote:

Dear colleagues,

My PC makes a strange noise. It seems as if there was a bomb inside of it. The sound is similar to the sounds produced by a clock.
Have you ever experienced something similar?

Thank you very much in advance for your suggestions. This noise is driving me crazy!

Kind regards,

Noemí



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Andrea Ali  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 06:11
Member (2003)
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I would check HD first Sep 27, 2003

Ruben Berrozpe wrote:

Tayfun Torunoglu wrote:

Besides above cited sources It may come from your HDD. A HDD problem maybe.




But seriously, yes, HDD is the second most likely along with the fan. Noemi, you should check that.

Rb


A few days before my newest HD passed away, I heard something like TAC, TAC, TAC...
Back up all the information in it and have it checked asap!

Fans usually sound like a plane about taking off... well, sort of...

Good luck!
Andrea


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Gayle Wallimann  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:11
Member (2001)
French to English
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Save your information! Sep 27, 2003

Yes, definitely don't let things go unchecked but get everything saved on CD that you haven't saved recently. I lost quite a lot three weeks ago because I foolishly postponed putting my work on a CD. I am so annoyed at myself!
My computer had a fan problem and some other "unexplainable" conflict that the computer store couldn't resolve without reformatting my computer...


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Noemi Carrera  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:11
Member (2003)
English to Spanish
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Thank you very much for all your suggestions! Sep 27, 2003

Finally, there was no "bomb" in my PC It was just my wireless mouse...

The "Low battery" dialog box could not be properly displayed and, apparently, that caused that strange noise.

It is really funny since I really worried about it...and the reason and the solution - (just closing the dialog box)could not be simpler!

Thanks again!

Regards,

Noemí


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Williamson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:11
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Tomshardware. Sep 27, 2003

It could be loose wire ticking against the ventilator or the ventilator which has become loose. Better to have a PIV processor than an AMD when ventilatorproblems occur.
For more insights on hardware: www.tomshardware.com or for those who prefer German : www.tomshardware.de


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