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#1 alleyrulez

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 01:08 AM

woke up this morning to some tapping sound. I look around the room to see what it was, and my computer is ON (turned it off last night) and is making the aforementioned tapping noise.

not sure how the pc turned itself back on, or why it was making that sound.

I turned it off manually, and restarted, everything seems fine.

anyone have any ideas what happened?

later that afternoon, it happened again. the tapping noise that I hear is coming mostly from my speakers, the pc itself, not so much.

the power light doesn't actually come on, just the "activity" indicator, or whatever you call it. when I turn the monitor on, the screen is black, no test pattern, anything.

I have Windows XP.

did some troubleshooting online. my pc doesn't take long to boot up, never had any freezes, and there is no grinding noise (or any other, aside from the tapping) that would signal that the hard drive is going out...

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 05:30 AM

Do you have the speakers turned on all of the time. Or do you turn them off. The tapping noise could just be interferance from another device. I would check to see if the wires for the audio from the PC are tangled round power cables. This would cause interferance. Try turning the volume down on the speakers tonight and see if you get the same problem.

I am not sure why your PC is turning on though. You have not set some sort of schedule to start the machine at a certain timehave you.
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 05:38 AM

Do you have a firewall and antivirus? The only time my computer started up without me was when I disabled my firewall, forgot to put it back on and some one else took control of my computer. That made me a little upset.... :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 08:09 AM

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 11:21 AM

Boot into your Bios settings and make sure you don't have any "Wake On" services enabled such as Wake-on-LAN and etc.
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Posted 18 December 2006 - 01:33 PM

thanks for the replies. took it to a local repair shop, and they said that it was a bad "power supply" or whatever, and that the motherboard would need to be replaced. apparently, the hard drive is still alright.

at one point, I couldn't even turn the computer OFF. the power light would stay on, with no activity on the monitor whatsoever. I would unplug it, plug it back in later, and the power was STILL on...

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 01:50 PM

No disrespect to the guys you took your computer to... Do you trust them?

I might would try to reset the cmos settings in your computer's setup. It's free and it may reset some power management bleep. There should be a jumper or push butto switch located on the system board. You can also pull the battery and leave thing off for an hour. Worth a shot...

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 01:59 PM

left the power off all night, didn't make any difference.

I am a computer novice in every sense of the word. have no idea what "cmos settings" are, so I guess I don't have an option at that point - other than to get it fixed...

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 12:14 AM

There are several ways to reset the CMOS. The easiest is to unplug the system from the wall, then open the case (being careful to ground yourself on the chassis once you're in it), and remove the battery from the motherboard for about 30 minutes. The battery is shiny, round, and about the size of a nickle. Then put the battery back in, plug the system back in and see what happens.
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Posted 19 December 2006 - 12:32 AM

I had this happen once. the only difference is I would leave it on. It would restart itself (dont know why) this really loud from the Computer (not speakers) make a tapping sound. What ended up happening was It would go into Standby and turn off hard disks. I disabled the turn off hard disk and its working fine.

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 02:48 PM

just got the pc back from the shop, and everything seems to be working fine now.

they had to replace the motherboard and power supply...




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