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"tick" Noise? What Could It Be?

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#1 TTC


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Posted 19 June 2008 - 04:09 PM

Hey everyone, I have a bit of an odd problem. Every once and awhile, my computer makes a random "tick" noise. It is not a continuous noise; but it can happen once to three times every couple of hours.

Some things to note...

1. My computer currently runs with one side of its panel off with a desk fan constantly blowing on it. This was done to resolve a overheating problem within the computer. This issue began soon after I began to utilize the desk fan to help keep it cool.

2. The computer is two years old with not the best parts in the world: It's an HP Media Center 7680n. It has all the same specifications as the original model, but I have replaced the 7300 LE card with a 7300 GT card (as the old one overheated/fan partly melted. >>; )

3. I ran a defrag yesterday because I heard that if the problem was the hard drive that that a) can help b ) can be used as a reference point as to how much fragmentation is going on with the hard drive. I also heard that if the amount of fragmented files goes up even after a defrag, that the hard drive is definately failing. I ran a defrag today, and saw no other fragmented files. I heard that tick noises can sometimes be caused by a hard drive failing so...Does this prove that my hard drive isn't failing?

4. My desk fan has a motor in it that sometimes causes interference with the speakers. Could it be that the fan's motor is creating occasional interference with one of the other parts?

Thanks for the help,


/edit: During the overheating issues, both hard drives in my pc were running between 42C-50C. Now they both run around 36C-44C at most.

/final edit: found source; it turned out the noise was coming from behind the computer ...the heater was making clicking noises...not the tower. PHEW! Problem solved, lol. Please delete this thread.

Edited by TTC, 19 June 2008 - 04:24 PM.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 04:35 PM

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