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weird noise and hard drive indicator flashes


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#1 isosoclese

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:56 PM

i dont know if this is the right forum, but...
what does it mean when there is a little noise and the indicator flashes?
im sorry if this makes little sense, im not tech savvy at all.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 01:57 AM

It can mean a lot of things. To identify exactly what it means. . . you're going to have to be much more specific with your issue. Let's start by answering these questions in as much detail as possible please.
  • Is this a desktop or laptop?
  • What make of computer is it?
  • When does this issue occur? (At bootup, during operation, at shutdown, etc.)
  • Which indicator light are you referring to? Where on the machine is it, and is there some sort of symbol next to it? What does the symbol look like?
  • Is there some sort of pattern to the flashing? How many times does the light flash?
  • What kind of noise does the computer make? Does the sound seem to come from the speakers or from within the computer itself?
  • When you hear the noise and see the light flash, does the computer do anything else? (shut down, turn off, produce an error message, etc.)
You don't need to worry about using technical terminology or anything, you just need to give us enough detail so that we can visualize the issue.

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#3 isosoclese

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 03:12 AM

-laptop
-dell 1340
-happens randomly while i use it, maybe 3-5 times in an hr
-the symbol is a cylinder
-when the noise comes the flash is on longer than the usual flickering
-sounds a bit like a browser click followed by a noise that sounds like something got shut off (but nothing happens)
-the computer doesnt do anything; im just wondering if it means anythng when it does that

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 04:46 PM

What you're describing falls within normal computer operation. It basically means your computer is "working" on a task.

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