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#1 cmac24

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 03:27 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 530 running windows XP.  Today it started making random clicking noises.  Any ideas on what to check?  PC seems to be running fine.  Thanks.



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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 04:59 PM

Immediate priority - backup your data, it could be a sign a hard drive is about to give up the ghost. Even if it isn't, having your data backed up regularly is good for the peace of mind.

 

Clicking noises are only made by moving items, and there aren't many in a computer. Typically two or more fans and the hard drive(s). As a check i would do in this order -

 

1  Back up your data.

 

2  Check your fans for general cleanliness and anything fouling them, and clean out any accumulation of dust or dirt inside the case. It's a desktop, so the side comes off for ease of access Soft brush and a can of compressed air for cleaning. Don't dismantle the PSU to get at the fan inside it - just blow / suck any dust inside it out. Have a good look around to see if there is any cabling or any loose item that could be contacting the fan blades - it's amazing the things that have been found inside computer cases !

 

3  Finally, if you are happy with the state of cleanliness and that nothing is contacting fan blades, then you might consider your hard drive. A good starting point would be to install and run Speccy which you can get from here -

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/speccy/

 

If Speccy suggest there might be problems then there are plenty of more advanced diagnostic tools around - post back. But I think your clicking is more likely connected with your fans in some way.

 

But back up your data in any case !

 

Chris Cosgrove






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