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PCMCIA issue

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#1 Lou from NH

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 12:33 PM

My sister-in-law has an Alienware laptop - model is D9T.

It has an integrated PCMCIA reader - 1 slot is for a wireless card and the other 4 slots as for memory cards.

Over the past week or so, she and I have both heard a "clicking" noise coming from the device. it is as if one of the slots either has something in it (all slots have been examined and are empty) or that the device is turning itself on and off? The noise is intermittent and seems to only occur when the laptop has been running for a while.

I have also noticed that the area around the vent right underneath that device is fairly hot, but the vent itself does not appear to be clogged with dust.

I disabled the device, but that clicking sound started up again when she went to use it this morning.

Anyone have any ideas?
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 12:58 PM

Solid state devices such as the PCMCIA card don't have moving parts.

One part that does have moving parts is the hdd, and a clicking hdd is bad news.

Please use the following link to provide us with information about your hdd so that we can assist you. Once we know who the manufacturer is you can go to their web site to download their diagnostic tool and run it to see what condition it's in.

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