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My Computer Keeps Making These Sounds From Time To Time


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#1 kristine

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:11 PM

Hey,
My computer keeps making these screeching sounds, not always but a few times a day i hear this. I recorded it to a video on my camera to post so if anyone has had this problem or heard about it please let me know what it is and how to fix it? it is too big to upload here. So i uploaded it on yahoo video heres the link:

http://ca.video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=2...mp;fr=yfp-t-501

any help is greately appreciated.

Thanks,
Kristine

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:53 PM

It sure sounds a lot like my sound, I have traced it to the cpu fan and a flimsy case, causing some sort of weird harmonic ossicilation, it comes and goes whimsically

when I get one of those roundtuits I am going to carefully retighten some screws and level the case out better
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:58 PM

Almost any noise coming from inside a computer case would likely be a fan. It is very common for fans to start making noise once they get some dust in them and the noise often comes and goes. The sound that you recorded almost sounds like something rubbing against the fan, sometimes wires or cables start to brush up against an exposed fan and that will cause noise. Either way it's a pretty easy fix if you feel comfortable opening the case and checking to see if you can tell which of the fans is making the noise. If there is something rubbing against it just move the wire away. If the fan is just screeching it should probably be replaced which is usually pretty simple.

#4 kristine

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 07:06 PM

Thanks so much you guys...

do any of you think it would be the harddrive needing replacement? someone else said thats a possibility...

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 07:22 PM

The best thing...is to open the case and try to pinpoint the location from which the sound emanates.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 02:39 AM

the sound isn't consistent though, it comes and goes for a minute or so at a time a few times a day... so that would be impossible for my situation. but thanks for the advice... keep them coming if you got em/ :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 03:18 AM

Hamluis is right it's about the only way to really know. I would just take the cover off and leave it off until you can figure out where the noise is coming from. It won't hurt to leave the computer on with the case off for a few hours. (Make sure it somewhere kids can't stick their fingers inside) Based on your video I doubt it is your harddrive I have never heard one scream like that.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 09:47 AM

Sounds like a cable rubbing against a fan to me too
Pop the case & make sure that all cables are free from the cpu fan
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Posted 14 February 2008 - 09:55 AM

Really? The fan? Well I guess so <_>


I wass gunna guess a spindle arm is touching the Hard Drive.

Edited by xXAlphaXx, 14 February 2008 - 09:55 AM.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 10:42 AM

spindle arm is touching the Hard Drive


that's instant death for the drive
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Posted 14 February 2008 - 11:43 AM

whats a spindle drive look like? whats it do/for?

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 11:55 AM

single actuator shaft

would be the correct term
or

The Head Actuator


http://www.webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Hardwa...deHardDrive.asp

ours is not to wonder why but to do or die

just try to not thrash your hard drive too much and be gentle with it
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Posted 14 February 2008 - 05:51 PM

its defo a fan .. no way a h/drive would make that noise ,,, tighten all screws make sure no cables are touching the fans , can also replace screws with rubber holders , it reduces the noise ... kind regards graeme

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 06:21 PM

Removing your covers from your case...won't do any harm and it will facilitate getting a fix on the noise.

I've had the covers offf my two desktops for at least 3 years now, with no untoward effects.

As long as one periodically blows the system out with canned air, there is no problem. And....the system stays cooler.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 06:31 PM

Removing your covers from your case...won't do any harm and it will facilitate getting a fix on the noise.
I've had the covers offf my two desktops for at least 3 years now, with no untoward effects.
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