Hello everybody, I have taken the liberty of skipping the introduction section to get straight to the nitty gritty of my problem.
I have an elderly Acer Aspire 5611 running XP Home Sp3. It's used only for word processing, so no great demands made of it. However it has suddenly started producing a regular rapid clicking from the speakers.
This has come out of the blue, no changes of any kind have been made to the computer and no new programs installed. I have done some research on the problem but no luck so far.
The level of the sound remains the same even if the speaker volume is reduced to zero and plugging in headphones stops the noise from the speakers but continues through the 'phones.
I have tried doing a clean boot but this doesn't help I have also removed the hard drive and attempted to boot and the clicking starts almost immediately, so not the hard drive.
I have looked into possible external interference but there is none and the laptop is in the same location as when it worked O.K.
I have tried playing a CD and it will play but with very distorted sound with the clicks on top.
Don't know what to try next. because of the limited use to which the computer is put I am not really inclined to buy a new one.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Edited by hamluis, 19 October 2016 - 09:59 AM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.