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P.C. does a lot of grinding noises at startup

Question: P.C. does a lot of grinding noises at startup

Hi all , Is there any way to find out what is going on within my PC when I login to windows ME . There is a lot of low grinding noises while the little hour glass symbol is keeping company with my cursor.

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Answer: P.C. does a lot of grinding noises at startup

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Well, my HD has been making some weird noises... i cant tell if its the sound of grinding or if its the platter arm bouncing/getting caught somewhere...

The thing is, my hard drive works perfectly up to that point, and my computer only seems to do it under high stress for a long ammount of time. (as if the computer heating up might make a difference?) Ill be running a system-wide virus scan from Panda Antivirus Platinum, and at some random point it starts. This doesnt happen all the time it could happen at any time, like maybe installing a game after my computer has been on all day.

Its like a "(click, click.....................bwaAaaaaAAAAAAaaAAAAa)"

Not quite grinding its hard to explain

The drive's a Seagate 30gb.

My Hypothesis:
1. My $chitty power supply (a Deer 300w) at some point has trouble powering the drive, like maybe a jump in voltage... the the drive's internal parts would not be where the drive thinks they are, or maybe a lower voltage would cause things that are normally synchronized to get out of wack...

2. My ECS mobo installed in that particular system?
3. Could the drive be heating up too much? How could i test this?

Well anyways, if it starts to happen i have to completely turn the system off, as "restarting" via the button in the front doent acutally restart everything, and the problem would still occour.
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Answer:Odd Drive noises etc, grinding?

Your drive is dead. I've had this happen several times. before you use it again, i would suggest buy another dirve, copy the bad one to the good one and then have fun pulling the old one apart to see how it's broke. if you keep using it you'll lose all your information anywhere from a week to a month after it started making the noise.

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Hi, i have a 400GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive. I got it recently and the problem is it is making constant loud grinding noises. I got the thing of trademe. What can i do please help

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Whenever I open or close a .txt file my floppy drive makes grinding noises, even though there is no disk in the drive, and the file I'm acessing is on the C: Drive.

Any Ideas?

Answer:Floppy drive making grinding noises

well you need to make sure this isnt your hard drive making this noise.
unplug the floppy [ remove the side ] after you turn it off.
if it happens to be your hard drive, back up all your info a.s.a.p.
post back

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Even when it is just sitting there doing nothing. If I open a new window, racing noises, like the fan gearing up and down loudly. When opening programs grinding noises. I am not sure what to do about this, is it something simple?

Answer:Computer makes racing and grinding noises


Is this a laptop or a desktop?

What is the make and model of the system?

How old is the system?

How long has the problem existed?

Also, grinding noises are usually just old worn fans, which is it is a desktop, can easily be replaced. What has me wondering is why it goes to full fan speed everytime you do something.



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A few months ago my PS2 Slim broke and I thought the laser burnt out so I just let it sit in my closet cause I did not want to buy a new one. I decided to spend the entire day today researching stuff about it and eventually took apart my ps2.

The problem was that when I turn it on and close the lid the laser arm will move to drive to read a disc but then make this horrible grinding noise. After I opened it up I noticed that the grinding noised was caused by that plastic thing that sits on top of the worm gear (golden screw on the right side that guides the laser arm up and down). What is happening is it moves down towards the spindle and the worm gear or w/e its called would spin super fast and the teeth of the plastic from the laser would grind against the grooves of the worm gear.

Normally, what I think is supposed to happen is the laser arm moves toward and backward from the spindle and for what ever reason it is getting stuck once it moves to the spindle and it cannot go backwards.
Do you know anyway to fix this?

Answer:PS2 Making grinding noises from the worm gear


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All of a sudden, my main desktop freezes today while on a webpage, then I can't do anything but power off. When I try to reboot, I get a Disk Boot Error message and the BIOS doesn't recognize the hard disk. To make matters worse, my external backup usb drive won't install on either of my two other systems (just to check it's integrity), as I get a "Device not installed properly" message and it can't be viewed in My Computer.

If I try to reinstall Windows XP, during the install, it doesn't see any hard drive. If I leave my USB external drive attached while trying to install XP on the main internal drive, it does see that external drive and the correct capacity and free space, but can't access it otherwise.

Should I try the freezer trick on the hard drive? If recommended, how long do I leave in the freezer and do I just put it back in the system and try to reboot while it's still cold or do I let it warm back to room temperature first? If that fails, any other suggestions before I head to a store for two new drives?


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Hi, I am getting HDD like noises from the front right of my thinkpad near where the logo is on the palmrest. It sounds like a spinning disk but a bit quiter. I am assuming it is either hte SSD, RAM or CPU. It is definately not the fan as the issue does not come up in the BIOS. Issue comes about with low CPU load <5%. This is really bugging me, the noise is nearly as bad as a spinning disk and super annoying. Any advise would be appreciated.

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Hey, everyone. I'm a first time poster but I feel that posting here will bring me far more useful answers than calling tech support.

My computer is a Compaq Windows Vista, Basic Home Edition. It's got 2.50 GHz of RAM and is fairly new in my opinion, purchased in the spring of 07. It has only one PS fan from the looks of it, the one facing the back to suck air out.

Shortly (guessing 3 months) after the purchase of my new computer, the Power Supply failed, and I had it sent off to the manufacturer for two weeks to be replaced. Since then it has been running very smoothly.

About a week prior to this occurrence, my computer made a similar noise (to the beginning of the video, link provided below) and more central in the computer. This was due to a dust build-up, which I cleaned out thoroughly. It was fine after that.

The matter at hand: This morning I turned on my computer to find it making ungodly grinding noises, coming from specifically the back of it. I turned it off and opened it up, cleaned out any remaining dust from the last time and turned it on with the side panel off to watch the fans. After listening and turning it off the second time, I decided it was coming from the power supply, since I'd realized that this was the only location I hadn't cleaned the last time.

I cleaned it with compressed air as carefully as I could, but there wasn't that much dust inside of it, nor on the fan. I turned it on a third time and the noises had quieted dow... Read more

Answer:Solved: Power Supply Fan Making Grinding Noises (video included)

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Hi there

I am new and I have a laptop Satellite series C660-1LD.

Sometimes when I watch videos, there is a short blast of a noise and the best way to describe it a vibrating grinding noise. The noises are not constant, they just come in short blasts.

Sorry for the poor description.

Please can someone help?

I will be happy to give you any information you may need.

Answer:Satellite C660-1LTD Strange grinding/vibrating noises when I watch videos

I would first install the current sound driver. Here you can download the driver.

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Hi, I have an Hp Pavilion dv2700 special edition laptop. I used to have Vista, but now I have windows 7 after I got the computer fixed. I downloaded and installed some programs, but I didn't like the effect they had on my computer after running them, and so I did a system restore to a previous date, which changed the settings back to when I didn't have those programs. Ever since, Windows has been installing updates to my computer, and some of those updates were obviously for the audio device installed in/on the system.

My question is for some reason, (and I can't really discern when the problems started arising), every time I try to listen to something on my computer like songs or videos, etc.-- with moderate volume level--and I try to load something else and/or the hard drive is active, the sound coming out of the my speakers starts to crackle and make weird electric-like grinding noises. This never happened to me before with vista, and it's irritating me a great deal now. Is there any way to fix this problem? Or am I just stuck with this?

Oh and I forgot to mention...when I plug in my headphones the sound continues to play on my speakers rather than within my headphones, any explanation for this? And what I could possibly do about it to fix it?

Thanks for the help in advance; truly appreciate it .

Answer:Speaker sound crackle or make weird grinding, electric type noises

I just checked the HP website and they do not support Windows 7 on the Pavilion dv2700, meaning they don't have any drivers for Windows 7.Evidently you didn't check that out before installing Windows 7 on it.Drivers for HP laptops are custom-made for the manufacturer (or at least some of them are) so that they match the custom-made components.Furthermore, although HP do have Windows Vista drivers for your Pavilion dv2700, they are not guaranteed to work properly on Windows 7.I'm guessing that's the cause of your current sound problem. Go back to Vista & you will almost certainly have no such problem.If you want Windows 7 buy it pre-installed on a new laptop which has been designed to run it, or before upgrading the OS in future, check that suitable drivers are available from the laptop maker's website!If you were led to believe that all Windows Vista drivers will work just as well on Windows 7, you've been misinformed.

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Recently, two nights ago, my pc began making some rather annoying grinding noises. The sounds vary in pitch and volume, sometimes stopping completely and later, starting again. At first I assumed it was one of the fans, so I made sure there were no wires caught on anything, while I was in the case I did a good vacuum job as well. Needless to say this didn't help, and I'm not really sure what the problem might be.

The sound appears to come from the power supply, but at times it seems the noise starts when I load a new web page, or enter new areas in a game, which makes me wonder if it could be the hard drive. I've also had a few "hangs" in process time, as well as some graphical issues since the noise began (things like ghosted FX not going away when they should and "sticking" on the screen)

Its a god awful whiny grind that I simply cannot "grin and bear" and definitely needs attention asap. I'm just not sure what to troubleshoot next to determine which component it might be. Would like to try as much as I can on my own before I run off buying misc components that "might" be broken.

Answer:PC making "grinding" noises

Id suggest using the harddrive manufacturers testing tool from their website as it could be a sign of imminent drive failure.
This link provides sound files of the most common failures.

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Soemthimes, not always, normally when I start the pc up after not using it for a night it makes some sort of a gridning/loading sort of noise.

It can be loud or soft and can last from 5 to 15 seconds.

Theer isn't anything stuck in the cpu fan.

Any ideas what's causing this?

Answer:Grinding on startup?

check all sys fan and then check hdd then check cd drives

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Ok, I'm not sure if I came to the right place for this problem but I'm looking for as much help as I can.

This has been happening for awhile now but everyday when I first startup the computer it makes this grinding noise that lasts for about two minutes then it goes away and is fine for the rest of the day when I use it. At first I thought it was dust so I took it out and cleaned it up a bit with a can of compressed air. After trying that, the noise is still there. I don't think it's my hard drive since I use a SSD. I haven't gotten a chance to open the case and carefully listen where the noise is coming from but one thing I do know is when the noise is happening and I thump the case with my hand a few times it seems like one of the fans inside makes this lower power noise thing and then you can hear it slowly coming back up to normal speed. Keep in mind this only happens if I thump or hit the case with my hand. I'm planning on opening the case soon and see what is causing the noise but I'd like an idea if you guys know if what could be causing the noise so I know what to pay attention to. And what can I use so I can hear better where the noise is coming from?

Answer:PC making grinding noise on startup, need help!

use a straw to your hear and move it around the components to try and isolate the cause

probably a fan

the last thing you want to do is thump the case with your hand if want the computer to keep running

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My fan produces a grinding noise at first startup only once a day.what can be the problem?? Is there any issue with my fan or something else??My notebook product is hp15ac120tx

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just had this happen to me, was such a weird and distinct thing to hear that its was obvious it was coming from the PC.

booted up PC about 10 mins ago and just as i was going to sit down on my chair i heard clicking noises maybe 3-5 times before it went away during mid boot with the little windows spinning circle at the bottom. then everything is fine after that!

tested HDD with defraggler & HDtune

no bad sectors detected. and HDD is in good health!

done some research on the matter and heard that it could be fans / PSU / or HDD as those are the only moving parts to produce clicking noises!

however for now i really wont know whats producing the noise until the next time i boot up my PC.

but im looking for info into what exactly it may be and if it severe enough to put me out of using my PC for quite some time.

Answer:Clicking noises upon startup

Have you blown all the fans (including power supply and CPU) off with compressed air?

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Hi my pc has started making a couple of beeping noises during startup, When i boot up the pc i get the usual one beep at the beginning but when i get to the blue logonscreen the pc makes 2 or 3 beeping noises and then i get my desktop up as normal & pc seems to be running ok.Is it any thing to worrie about? a virus maybe oris it hardware related. I have norton anti virus2002 installed, no probs there.Running windows xp pro, athlon xp1800+512meg of pc133 memory (1x256) (2x128)ibm deskstar 82gig harddriveGigabyte ga7-zxe moboti4200 graphics & 1024 soundcardCheers

Answer:Beeping noises on startup

More than one beep indicates tha something's not right. Consult your motherboard manual. If you don't have one or know what mobo you have click here

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I have a Gateway DX420S Desktop computer and it's 3 years old. Lately there has been a fan inside making crazy noises at startup that doesn't go away until I hit the computer (I know, probably not the best idea, but it makes the noise stop). I opened up the computer and detected which fan it is and noticed it had lots of dust caught in it, so I got all the dust out of it with a cotton swap. It stopped the noise for a few days, but now it's back. I'm not sure what the fan is called or what the red thing it's attached to is called, but I did take a picture of it so you can see what I'm talking about. Here's the link to the picture:

The picture makes the fan look bigger than it is; it's really only about 2x2 inches and the red rectangle thing it's attached to is only maybe 2x6 inches. As you can see, there are 2 back prongs that hold it down to the red rectangle and a little red and black wire connected to it too. I was going to try to remove the fan to take a closer look, but I can't get the black prongs out from the thing it's sitting on.

Do you have any idea what's wrong with the fan? Does it need oil or something or does it need to be replaced? And if possible, do you have any idea what that red rectangle it's sitting on might be called?

Thank you for your help.

Answer:Small Fan Inside Computer Making Noises at Startup

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My computer has a slow start up, and after its done, you know the noise you hear when you click something, it prosses that, well i hear that like ever hhalf second. duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh, and when i watch videos, its skipps every half second, programs load slow, i do cleanup! and xoftscan and alot of other things, can see whats wrong? thank you.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:48:12 PM, on 1/7/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
c:\program files\\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\shwiconem.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Realtek\InstallShield\AzMixerSel.exe
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Right, got a brand new pc 2 weeks ago. Been really lovely to me so far, apart from the HDD grinding..
I've looked through the whole interwebs and a bit more but none on the solutions has helped me! I've disabled Super fetch and Windows search which helped a little. But i still hear grinding from my harddrive? is it just my case (ive removed the harddrive screws)?
I've been looking into the Reliabilty and Performance monitor and it looks like Svchost.exe is causing the problems.
Trying to get screenshots of it (in the reli and perfor montior) but for some reason its being quite quiet! Bah!

Light grinding
Semi grinding
Semi grinding 2
My system specs:
OS: Windows Vista 64 Ultimate

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (2400 MHz)
GPU processor: GeForce 8800 GTS 512 512mb
Motherboard: eVGA 780i SLI
RAM: 2 x 2gb OCZ Reaper PC2-6400
Soundcard: Creative X-FI ExtremeMusic
HDD: 750gb WesternDigital CavierSE16

Is there any other information i can give?
Thanks a lot!

Answer:Harddrive grinding and grinding and gri....

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I am hearing random windows selection noises as if you were clicking something in internet explorer and commercials for Lysol and similar products whether I am browsing the internet (I use Firefox) or playing a game.

I was trying to play an online game but I was getting minimized quite often.

I had recently installed Avast anti-virus and Online Armor firewall after this started happening just because I wanted to switch but, they seemed to slow my computer down so I got rid of them. My computer was taking a very long time to start up and after I uninstalled Online Armor, things were back to normal.

My computer has also been freezing.

I do have a Windows CD available.

DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Brandon at 13:31:40.26 on Tue 08/03/2010
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_17
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1022.567 [GMT -5:00]

FW: Online Armor Firewall *disabled* {B797DAA0-7E2E-4711-8BB3-D12744F1922A}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
C:\Program Files\Emsisoft\Online Armor\OAcat.exe
svchost.exe 4
svchost.exe 4
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
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Answer:Random clicking noises, audio commercials, slow startup, game minimization, freezing.

Hi oaev and welcome to TSF,

Please subscribe to this thread to get immediate notification of replies (if you haven't already) as soon as they are posted. To do this click Thread Tools, then click Subscribe to this Thread. Make sure it is set to Instant Notification, then click Subscribe.

Before beginning the fix, read this post completely. If you have any questions, please ask them before you begin. Then either print out, or copy this page to Notepad and save to your desktop for reference as you will not have any browsers open while you are carrying out portions of these instructions.


I am sorry to tell you that one or more of the identified infections is a backdoor trojan / rootkit .

This type of infection allows hackers to remotely control your computer, log keystrokes, steal critical system information, and download and execute files without your knowledge.

If you do any banking or other financial transactions on the PC or if it should contain any other sensitive information, please get to a known clean computer and change all passwords where applicable, and it would be wise to contact those same financial institutions to apprise them of your situation. Please refer to Microsoft's Online Safety article for tips on creating a strong password.

Do not change passwords or do any transactions from the infected computer until it has been cleaned.


Please note that thes... Read more

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My pc keeps making click noises (like that of opening a folder) every minute or so, it clicks four times - during which the pc freezes! The noise is a speaker one and not hardware; I haven't installed anything recently... help!



Answer:Pc Keeps making folder clicking noises (x4) and freezing during noises

Post what processes are running in your task manager. To get there press the Ctrl, Alt and Del keys all at the same time then click on processes.

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Hello I just joined the forum. I tried to find the right forum-and since I'm really don't know what is wrong- I just thought --WinXP . WARNING--MAJOR NOVICE ALERT. note, I have now noticed that I can hear the sounds of my phone being dialed on this computer. I am with Verizo Fios, landline. My internet is also with them, fios too. I seem to run into a lot of Trojans and rogue security programs. I'm not on Porn sites- usually it is music , lyric and searching for images. I don't "game" . I do go to several discussion boards, but they are all harmless sites. I have an Intel Pentium 4 , 512 MBytes. WIN XP SP3. IE7 TREND MICRO PC CILLIN SUITE It is a refurbished computer. Optical mouse, HP monitor and printer. I mention this b/c once a driver of HP was causing major problems and I was ready to throw this computer how the door and like magic- i fixed it. I am hearing a computer beeping noise at times -this is not on restart. it is while I am on line. It is not all the time, but lately at least 1-2 times a day. My computer at times makes what I call "grinding" noises. I do not always hear this, and usually it is at start up, but just now at shut down and later turning computer back on it made grinding noises for some time. I notice that while on the net I will often hear mouse clicks. ....I hear clicking when I am not typing or clicking. . I'm not being redirected- I just hearing the sound your computer makes wh... Read more

Answer:Computer Beeping Noises, Mouse Click Noises

I added a problem - hearing the phone being dialed. This one is scary.

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Question: Serious grinding!

OK not serious but at the moment my hard drive will not shut up, constant CPU usage between 3 and 6 percent accessing something. All I can see in the task manager is a little bit of avg and some system tasks. Im at a dead loss on this. I thought I had it sorted when I told the .net framework to sort its self out all in one go instead of using a background process but it has started again.

Anyway any chance of you guys glancing over the hijack log.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 09:44:36, on 07/11/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories\XboxStat.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Pro\DTProAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Nuance\NaturallySpeaking10\Program\natspeak.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
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Answer:Serious grinding!

C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe, the Java Quick Starter service can cause unnecessary disk access. Unless you use a lot of Java applications and want them to start as fast as possible, open services.msc (Start->Run->services.msc) and change its startup type to manual. This is a particularly annoying service and will re-enable itself everytime you update the Java Runtime Environment.

I'd also disable the Java Update Scheduler (C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe) and the installshield update service (C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe) but then I prefer to take manual control of my updates rather than letting them happen automatically.



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Question: T61 grinding fan

I have a T61 7658 CTO, and the fan has been making more and more noise as time has gone by.  It started as a light clicking while the fan is running, and now it makes a fairly loud grinding noise.  I'm well out of warranty, so that's not an option.  Does anyone know if there's a way I can fix this, or do I need to replace the fan?  If I do need to replace the fan, any idea where I can get one?

Answer:T61 grinding fan

Bearing on the fan is properly running out of lubrication. Someone say, if you pull on the fan itself, it should pop off, which allows you add some high quality bearing oil/grease. I never tried this myself, so i don't know whether this will actually works.  If worst comes to worst, just replace the fan yourself, you can source one from ebay for around 70 to 100 USD.  Message Edited by lead_org on 04-05-2009 07:54 PM

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Question: grinding fan

I have a fatal1ty an8 sli motherboard and the smaller fan on it sometimes will make a grinding noise. it'll speed up, then come to a near halt(this is when it makes the grinding noise) and then speed back up and repeat the process. in the image below it's the orange fan near the bottom left. sometimes the fan works normally but usually it does this...should i be worried? the metal part of the fan is hot enough that i can barely touch it for a few seconds before i have to stop.

Answer:grinding fan

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Question: grinding help

beside the fact it is very annoying sometimes my hard drive just grinding away for no reason. i did a gwscan on the Hd no errors found should i be curious abut this? is this happening to any oneelse? i have windows vista home premium express upgrade 32bit

thank you

Answer:grinding help

I would back up any important data asap.

Grinding is not good, your system may crash soon, I dont mean to scare you but, usually grinding on a HD drive means it wont be lasting very long

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Question: Grinding sound

When Windows is closing down I think the hard drive is making a grinding twice before it closes down. It's not a beep but a grinding. On two seperate occassions it has done this.

Running: Windows XP, AMD gigabyte motherboard 1.8, 768 RAM, x800 ATI radeaon card.

What could be causing this?

Answer:Grinding sound


First of all, let me say you need to back up this drive immediately unless you want to risk the chance of losing all your data. This drive might be ready to bite the dust, so get that done.

I would go to the drive manufacturer's website and download the drive utility and run it on this drive to see what might be the problem. You need to get tha done quickly while the drive is still operational.

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Hello everyone, I just bought an S10 because of how good quailty Lenovos are claimed to be. I, however am having a problem with my newly bought IdeaPad S10 4333-22u. As soon as I turned my Lenovo on and it booted to Windows I noticed the fan came on and was buzzing/grinding. It mas making a noise as if the bearing in the fan were going bad or the core of the fan needed a few drops of oil. I am a PC Tech by trade and have encountered many failing fans so I am familiar with the sound they often make before siezing. After the Netbook ran a little while and heated up, the buzzing/grinding wasn't so loud, but definately present. You could hear the noise from quite a distance away. After searching the web, I found threads complaining of S10 fan noise, but the general idea I got from the forums was simply that the "whirring" noise of a normal operating fan was simply quite loud for a netbook when the S10's fan was at full RPM. My fan on the other hand, is clearly and quite audibly gridning. I don't believe this is what the users on these forums mean when they refer to the S10's noisy fan, correct? I really like this Netbook and would rather not return it, so I called Lenovo and they promptly sent an RMA Fed-Ex label so that I can send the unit to their service center for a heatsink/fan replacement. My question is, what does everyone mean when they say their S10 fan is loud? Can anyone describe it? Is it possible someone can record the noise their S10 makes and up... Read more

Answer:Just bought an S10, fan grinding right out of the box

Well, I suppose it's the fan blades rubbing on the fan housing like I just read deep in one of the threads. Either way, to the service center it goes....

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Question: grinding noise

hi guys
i have a problem everyday my computer make a grinding noise and during
that time my computer is frozen , i cant do nothing until it stop by itself.
does it mean i need a new hard disk or can i fix it.
thank you in advance

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Hi, can any one advise me? I have been getting a grinding noise from my PC roughly monthly since I obtained it in Nov. 2004, I think it may be when I push it a little??could this be the hard drive protesting ? it`s a pentium 4 3000ghz, asrobs.

Answer:GRINDING noise from PC

Some hard drives can get noisy when there is a lot of disc activity.......I have an IBM Deskstar 80GB drive which sounds a bit like a boiling kettle when working hard.It has done for the 3 years since I got it.Also some fans will speed up when temperatures rise and can become very loud.If this noise is infrequent,only happens when you are working the pc hard and most importantly not getting worse over time then I would be inclined to ignore it.If it's annoying you then you will need to track down the culprit and consider replacing it with a new quieter version.

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Question: Grinding Sound

Hello, I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T61 Laptop. When I work on the laptop, it suddenly start producing a grinding sound. It is coming form the Top-Left corner of the laptop. It is not coming all the time. It is not coming immediately when I turn it on. But if I use it for like 30 minutes, it will start producing the sound. It will produce this sound for the next 15 to 30 minutes and then gradually stop after that. This happens every day. Is it a heatsink+fan issue? How can I fix this ? Thanks. 

Answer:Grinding Sound

It sounds like your fan is failing. My fan has failed on my old Thinkpad x61 tablet. You can get the instructions here look at page 88, the steps are there. PM me if you need any help. If you replace your fan remember to get new thermal grease.

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Question: Grinding Noise

I have an Everex Explora, AMD Athlon computer and at the start up and when I am searching for info it makes a grinding noise while it is loading the information. Also twice last week after typing and searching for what I wanted I heard a loud grinding noise. Not knowing anything about computers I have no idea what is the problem. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Grinding Noise

Hi lag
Grinding noises aren't good. It sounds like you hard drive is going. I would back up your important data NOW. You can run a scandisk (surface scan) and defrag to help test out the hard drive. Many manufacturers of hard drive also have utilities on their web sites you can run to test out the drive. Is your system under warranty? Many hard drives come with a three year warranty.

[Edited by Lurker1 on 06-19-2001 at 01:04 PM]

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Question: PC Slow/Grinding

The past two weeks, my PC has been at times slow, freezing, and constantly grinding.Each time I do the CC/SAS scans and it helps until a week later.So figured I would post the details of my PC and let me know if something else is wrong.After I did all the scans yesterday it worked just fine today.MBAMQuoteMalwarebytes Anti-Malware version: v2012.02.15.03Windows Vista Service Pack 2 x86 NTFSInternet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421Johnny Ola :: JOHNNYOLA-PC [administrator]2/15/2012 2:36:09 PMmbam-log-2012-02-15 (14-36-09).txtScan type: Quick scanScan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUMScan options disabled: P2PObjects scanned: 197898Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 7 second(s)Memory Processes Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Memory Modules Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Values Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Data Items Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Files Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)SAS (Oh great, my SAS log from yesterday can't be found...six things were removed, what do I do)DDS txtQuoteMalwarebytes Anti-Malware version: v2012.02.15.03Windows Vista Service Pack 2 x86 NTFSInternet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421Johnny Ola :: JOHNNYOLA-PC [administrator]2/15/2012 2:36:09 PMm... Read more

Answer:PC Slow/Grinding

If there is a grinding noise it's probably the harddrive or the fans. You can check this by opening the box and disconnecting the fans one by one and see if the noise still persists. If the noise is still there you can run a diagnostic on your hard drive. Run hard drive diagnostics: tacktech.comMake sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: imgburn to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.For Toshiba hard drives, see here:Note : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps here

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Hi there.

Recently I have noticed that whenever I run a graphically intensive program (such as a new-ish game), my framerate will decrease over a five minuite period.
Before this problem occured I could run the the same games perfectly smoothly.

I had a similar problem to this a few months back, in which I found that the large vent on the side of my computer was almost completely blocked. Cleaning the dust away from that vent returned my computer to normality.
However this time the vents on my computer are still clear, and opening up the computer revealed virtually dust-free innards.

Could this problem be related to over-heating like last time? I have no way to read the temperature of my computer (that I know of), it doesn't have an external thermometer.

I don't know if this'll be any help, but here is a screenshot of my CPU usage while running one of the aforementioned games running a rolling demo. The rolling demo loops around every 2 minutes. I did not touch the computer during this time. I've marked the time when FPS drops become very noticable (from ~30 to jumping between 5-20) with a red line.

On the same rolling demo, I took screencaps with the FPS counter showing every 30 seconds from starting the program.
These were the results:
Time - FPS
0:30 - 53
1:00 - 62
1:30 - 65
2:00 - 56
2:30 - 50
3:00 - 31
3:30 - 12
4:00 - 15
4:30 - 15
5:00 - 5

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Answer:FPS Grinding To A Halt

Heat or a failing graphics card can cause your problem.
Low quality PSU's can cause heat problems
Filling all four RAM slots can cause voltage problems. 2 X 2GB is a better setup.
What Brand and Model is your CPU?

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hello i just build a i7 cpu this past weekend and i noticed the past 2 days everytime i have the computer on for 3 hours or so i get a grinding sound. can someone please help idk what this is

Answer:grinding sound please help

You'll have to take the cover off your case when you hear it and see for yourself. It could be any of the fans doing it.

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Hi friends,

Last week when I turned on the computer, there was a grinding sound from inside the CPU. Suddenly I turned off
and opened it.I thought it was coz of dust.So cleaned and again turned on,then it worked fine.Yesterday morning when I turned it on,again it made that grinding sound.I don't know whats wrong with my CPU. The hard disk,motherboard,SMPS all are new .Is there any problem with my CPU fan or HD?Today morning also I got the same problem.I turned off and removed the side panel.Then again turned on and now its working fine.I think the sound is probably from the fan.But the SMPS is new one.So I'm confused that is it power supply fan or CPU fan or will it be the HDD. Plz help me...!!

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Would someone please tell me how I could find out what version of IE I have installed on my computer. When I click onb some things I can see IE 8 comes up. My problem is I gave no permission to install it on my computer. I dont mind having IE8 but my computer is gone VERY slow inBooting up.I have stopped most of Progs at start - up. I have 250GB free on C: drive. I use NOd 32 Antivirus. Please help someone.

Answer:grinding to a halt.

In IExplorer click help|about IExplorer.

As for the second half of your question I cant say for sure but possibly automatic update put it there for you. I think it may depend on how you have it set.

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The story so far....

Came home from a week abroad. Kids had been looking up game cheats (suspicious). System (HP desktop, 3 years old, upgraded from Vista to Win 7 Pro x32) was running slow and coming to a gradual freeze. Had been working just fine before I left town, and for the last few months since I upgraded.

I get home - system is now at the stage where it will boot to the login screen - I can login but immediately freezes once all the icons have loaded. I can boot in safe mode, manage to run AVG 9.0 scan, no problems found. I try a system restore - no joy - freezes after a while. The problem gets worse. Can no longer boot in safe mode, PC now gives me two options - boot normally or do system repair. Try the latter - it loads files, but then goes to a blank screen and hangs. If I attempt norml boot, I get to the windows 7 logo, but it just stays there for hours.

I do have recovery disks. Tried booting from them (after altering th eBIOS to boot from drive), again loads files,and get the loading bar, no logo this time, but then, again, no further progress.
I can get to the BIOS, F10 Setup and F11 System Recovery (which gives same result as above) - no option for safe mode anymore, just system repair/normal boot options. F8 doesn't get me anywhere.

I'm stumped - any ideas?

Answer:Win 7 Grinding Halt

It could be a hard-drive failure - have you tried running scandisk?
try scandisk /autofix
/autofix - This option will fix any errors it encounters without prompting you first. By default, when you use the /AUTOFIX option, ScanDisk will save any lost clusters it finds as files in the drive`s root directory. If you want ScanDisk to delete lost clusters instead of saving them, include the /NOSAVE option. Using the /AUTOFIX option, ScanDisk will also prompt you for an Undo disk unless you include the /NOSUMMARY option. The /AUTOFIX command can be used in conjunction with the /CHECKONLY and /CUSTOM options.

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Hello, Im getting a nasty noise from my pc at start up, never on restart. Ive had the cover off and tested the PSU but its fine ,also replaced fan on heatsink, it made no difference. Its definitley coming from the heatsink or CPU, very odd. Luckily I have a new motherboard bundle waiting for Xmas! Everything backed up. Cheers.

Answer:Grinding noise From CPU?

Stop each fan in the system one at a time. Use something like a coffee stir stick to hold the fan blades. Insert the stick before you pw ON not after.

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What is up with my PC?It's not ancient (just over a year old - OK, I know that's a contradiction!)Windows XP, 256MB of RAM, 60Gb of free disc space. It'll chug along quite nicely for a bit, then suddenly start whirring as if it's doing some really memory hungry task (while all it's doing is displaying a web page) Can take forever just to open a Word document. And when it comes to closing down/logging off - it can take 5 mins or moreIs there some diagnostic software or something I can buy/try? I had Norton Utilities on my old 95 machine, and this seemed to work well, but have heard bacd things about it for XPThanks for any helpDave

Answer:PC is grinding away and really slooooooow

To be honest 256 mb RAM is the bare minimum for XP.Have you done any PC housekeeping - cleaned out temp files, temp Internet files, defragged, check disk?Or use this click here

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Question: Grinding To A Halt

My laptop is relatively old in PC terms, purchased December 2002. I recently reinstalled Windows, etc, to try to eliminate the problem I will outline, to no avail.

The laptop boots into Windows nice and quickly. If I don't do anything too intense, it will run fine for days on end without rebooting. However, there's two pieces of software I run quite often which use all of the CPU power. These programs will run fine for about 3 minutes, then the PC will grind to a halt. The pieces of software in question are:

Mixed In Key ( which scans MP3 and WAV files to detect BPM and key.
dbPowerAmp ( which is used to convert music files from one format to another (usually ripping from CD to MP3).

I have the latest versions of both of those pieces of software, and all the updates for Windows XP. Even when not running any other programs (aside from Zonealarm firewall and AVG Free anti-virus), and only one at a time, they will function perfectly well for a couple of minutes and then suddenly the performance will drop off. For example, re-encoding MP3s from one bitrate to another should yield a rate of 4x or greater throughout, which it used to do. However, after the first 2, the rate gradually drops to a much more disappointing 0.2x - yes, a fifth of the speed.

While running these programs, I've monitored CPU usage using TaskManager, and they continue to use maximum CPU, but their RAM usage drops considerably, often just aft... Read more

Answer:Grinding To A Halt

start/run/ devmgmt.msc /click okare there any yellow or red marks showing click on display + and right click on driver click update

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I am having trouble with my HP pavilion notebook. When using media (online or offline) it intermittently freezes and makes a loud grinding sound. Sometimes its just for a second but sometimes I have to force a shut down to get it to stop. Also when I am listening to music or audio books with the lid closed, it will intermittently stop for a few seconds and come back on (it is set to "do nothing" when lid is closed). I have checked for over heating, that is not the problem.

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Hello, My lenovo P50 is about a year old and has started making this weird grinding noise. I suspect dusts in the fan and the easier option would be to hand it over for lenovo to look at but Im in Abuja, Nigeria. Doubt there are any Lenovo certified centers here. The sound started about 3 days ago and it gets really loud.Does the sound affect performance? I do alot of intensive 3D rendering and compositiing in After Effects, performances seems to have dropped whenever I try rendering. So all I've stopped doing any CPU intensive work to prevent probable damage. I have the 4k |i7 6820HQ | 16gb ram | 256 SSD| 2TB HDD. Thanks   

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Question: Grinding Noise

Hey guys, I logged on this morning to my pc and started to play a game and all of a sudden every few minutes the game would just crash for 10 seconds or so then be fine. When the crash happened i couldn't press Ctrl+Alt+Del so i know it wasn't the actual game itself crashing or losing connection etc.

So then i decided to take off my headset and try see if there was any strange noises and there was a really weird grinding noise for 2-3 seconds.. then game pc crashes then 10 seconds later everything is perfectly fine.

Anybody had this issue or know any solutions? If you need any additional information don't hesitate to ask.

Thanks in advance, Pompey.

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Oh my god, not long after writing this thread... Now my PC just turned itself off without any warning, bleeps or grinding noises. Didn't even reboot, just switched itself off.

When i boot up my PC, i don't get no errors, it boots up as quick as it ever has.

Microsoft XP S3 Pro

Intel core 2 DUO CPU
E4600 @ 2.40ghz

Graphics; Nvidia Geforce 9600GT

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Question: Grinding noise?

can someone please help me?
just a few minutes ago i was simply browsing and heard a loud grinding noise from my pc, i checked all the fans and it seems to be from the gpu, i restarted pc and still goes on. i left it off for now but i cant seem to find the cause, nothing is hitting anything

Answer:Grinding noise?

You wouldn't be able to see anything. The grinding noise occurs when the ball bearings go ( at one point the balls start showing wear and don't run "round" anymore, causing the fanblades to tumble.)
Simple solution: you need a new fan. In cases of emergency (like you can't get your hands on a new fan anytime soon) there is a way to prolong the life of the fan a little bit. You get some graphite powder from your automotive supplier, peel back the fan label and carefully put a little bit onto the center of the fan.
I really mean CAREFUL the stuff is worse on cloth than laser toner
Make sure to put the label back on and don't use any form of will only cause a mess.

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Question: harddrive grinding

i was wondering if there is any software that can stop a hard drive from grinding

Answer:harddrive grinding

no.... only way to fix that is back up your data and buy a new HDD and format it....

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I bought a new WD 2TB HDD and during the format process there were two points where it made a buzzing noise for a few seconds (the rest of the process was completely silent as usual). Could it just be random or bad sectors? I really don't like a new drive that has bad sectors because it will probably deteriorate quickly.

Answer:Grinding while formatting new HDD

Noises like that are unusual. I'd run a hard drive test diagnostic on it. WD has tools available for testing drives last drive I had that was new that made a strange noise crashed about a week later. It was a 300GB Hard Drive that occasionally would make a loud ping noise followed by drive chatter then it would get silent. The event log for this archive data file server showed many warnings in yellow that the hard disk is about to fail with delayed writes etc. This drive also was very hot to the touch which as abnormal for the fact that everything else in the tower was cool to the touch and adequate airflow. I sent this drive back RMA and got a replacement 300GB that ran warm, but not as hot as the prior drive that failed. This replacement refurb drive lasted over 2 years without issues.

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Question: Grinding noise?

Hello. I've been hearing a grinding noise for sometime on start-up on my PC. Occasionally, the PC will pretty much hang at the windows XP logo. When this occurs i just hold in on the power button and go through the boot process without any problems. However, the grinding noise that comes at the start is very loud and doesn't sound healthy at all. I've opened the case and there's no cords in the way of the fans. What could the noise be? Should i have concern? My computer runs fine after the noisy few seconds into the boot but becomes normal after it passes the windows XP logo.

My specs:
nVidia 8600GTS card 256 GPU
amd 3800+ 2.4 GHz
1 gig of ram

For more detail:
But my card gcard is now nVidia 8600GTS card 256 GPU.

Sorry this is confusing. Tired after the holidays :) thanks for any/all help.

Answer:Grinding noise?

try and isolate if it is coming from a drive or a fan
did you upgrade the psu when you upgraded the video

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Hi all, I'm based in Portugal and I've bought my Yoga 910 back in March. Despite all the well known problems with fan noise I've been able to stand it however during the last weeks my yoga has been developing a terrible grinding noise from one of the fans. The issue seems to be mechanical, as if the fan on the right of the keyboard is hitting the back part of some of the keys ("enter", "backspace" and surrounding keys) or eventually hitting some part of the metal casing. By pressing some parts of the casing it seems to decrease the noise but it always comes back. I've found a video on youtube that shows what is happening ( however in my case the problem only comes from one of the fans. If the common fan noise can be already disturbing this one is even more annoying. Would like to know if anyone had a similar issue and the best solution to have this sorted out. Thanks!  

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Question: Grinding Noise

Hello, I have recently heard what sounds like a grounding noise coming from my computer. I usually only notice it when the computer is searching for something (say a Google search), and I seem to especially notice it while searching on e-Bay. Once the site or page is found, it then stops making that sound. Is this something I should be concerned about? Is there anything I can do to stop it, or repair it? Does this mean the hard drive is about to crash? I have a Dell Computer, and Windows XP system. Thanks for the help.

Answer:Grinding Noise

Just to be on the safe side do a back up if you havent done.Open the case and try to isolate the noise.

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when i first got the gfx card it was fine, recently over 6months on, there is a noise that is easily noticable when i stop/start the fan for a second.

it's sounds like it's beginning to i just need to use a paint brush to get of dust or should i go deeper and unscrew it all and clean it out. how about lube on the fan itself?

Answer:XFX TI4200 - fan is now grinding a bit

I recommend doing the latter - or better yet, getting a better fan for it.

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I normally operate with Firefox. I am told that I should have a memory usage on Firefox of around 120000K. Over the last couple of weeks my PC is grinding to almost a standstill with a memory usage of nearly 400000K! At this point web pages take around a minute to change. The only way I can get over this is to reboot the computer, but within 45 minutes the MU has risen dramatically.

I also cannot use Windows Explorer or AOL browsers.

I also keep having a message stating that applications are failing to start '..........because MSVCP71dll was not found..' A souple of taps on 'Enter' clears this.

I have no idea if there is a link between the two problems. I cannot make any sense of MSVCP71dll on a Google search.

Please can anyone help me get out of the mess I am in. Any replies must be in words of one sylable, as I have great difficulties in understanding computer jargon.

Answer:PC grinding to a halt......almost!

First, please post your basic system info by using this:

TSG SysInfo

What version of Firefox are you using? Have you added any add-ons recently? Have you installed any other software recently? The error message is related to a software issue.

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over the last day my pc seems to take an age to shutdown,previousley it took a few seconds now it takes 20 to 30 seconds.running xp hme on an athlon 2600 512mb of memory.not down loaded anything other than last security update kb828035.i have also down loaded itunes.i have done a system restore and all is fine for couple of shutdowns then starts taking an age agian.any help or ideas would be greatfully recieved

Answer:pc grinding to a halt

Bring up Task Manager (Ctrl, Alt, Delete and go to Applications and Processes) and see what's running at shutdown, karl1483.

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I am not a Mac guy, I have no idea what I am looking at.
I am at a remote location where there is no actual tech support of any kind. The Mac Book Pro of a colleague has been experiencing severe slow-downs over the past few days. Stuff doesn't highlight anymore, response is overall slow, the Internet connection speed is crawling.

My laptop (PC) works just fine when it's right next to his machine, there's no issue with the wireless infrastructure.

I am not even sure where to start looking. The user says that he didn't install anything weird as far as he can tell. and that it's been getting slower over the past few days. Any suggestions on where to even start looking for this problem?

Answer:OSX is grinding to a halt

Might consider asking an Admin/Mod to move this to the Apple forum as that's where almost all Apple/Mac/OSX support gets the attention. Yes, OSX is an operating system but, even so...

As for a suggestion, tell him to open the Utilities folder in Applications and then find Activity Monitor (should be the very first icon upper left as they're in alphabetical order) and run it a while to see what's going on. Look for processes that are consuming a lot of CPU time, or excessive RAM usage. It's not too different from Task Manager in some respects so you should be able to get some idea of what errant app or process could be dragging the machine's performance downward.

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Hello,I had my pc seviced about 3 weeks ago and since then the hard drive has a grinding sound.I have had the pc for almost 2 yrs. and it never ground before.

My internet connection keeps droping me.Please help.

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hi friends

everything was fine .. i reinstalled firefox3.00 for some internet purpose now internet was ok.. but when i restarted Firefox again after a reboot it noted me that "Firefox not able to start sorry for the inconvenience" .and the i noticed some kind of grinding noice from my system..

so i checked my cabinet all was fine and finally noticed that the noise was from the speakers...

and i noticed the noise was associated with the hdd data reading which was indicated by the hdd light on the cabinet..

i thought this is the problem of firefox so i reinstalled to the latest firefox the problem still continues...

other things i noticed along with this problem is that

the windows boot up time is long than wat it was before the problem.. but after boot up everything is fine except for the grinding noise from speakers..

i test my system with directx diagnostic tool ..everything is fine

i suspected my hdd and made a long test with seatool hdd test tool everything was fine
i have smart enabled on my hdd

there is this cricking noise along with the audio which is also distrubing my adio and video play back

i am confused wat might be the problem.. that noise is disturbing the regular sound pattern of my system

i tested my speakers with external devices the sound was crystal clear

my sys config is
c2d 1.86
intel 946mobo
3gb ram
160 sata hdd
nvidia xfx 8400gs overclocked rivatuner
creative 5.1 speakers

plaese help me
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Answer:Grinding noise from speakers help

when a card goes bad sometimes it doesnt properly filter out noise. if they play fine on like an mp3 player or another computer you may want to look at replacing the card. theyre cheap enough now

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Hi All,  Anyone facing the Grinding fan issue on the G770 ? if so what can be the possible causes and any fixes ?   Regards

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Well the thread says it all. I have a DELL PC a year or 2 old, and the CD ROM is starting to make this grinding like noise, for a split second only, when a CD spins down in the drive.

Does this mean the CD ROM drive is about to go? How much longer do you think it will live?

Should I start using the DVD drive to play CDs and games? Will this hurt the DVD drive?

Well that about wraps it up I think.

Answer:CD ROM and grinding noise when cd spins down

take the cd rom drive out of the pc and shake it. If you hear anything bouncing around inside then something might possibly be broken. As for your dvd drive, no playing cds and games won't hurt it. In fact I would recommend using it. Besides you can get a new dvd burner for like thirty bucks now so if it does break, who cares, they're cheap!

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Our NEC Superscript 870 printer works ok for one or two pages at a time: anymore than that and it begins to make a grinding noise and then a paper jam. The grinding noise seems to be coming from the right hand side, perhaps from the gears under the brass clips that are under the toner cartridge. The teeth that are visible seem normal. Suggestions?

Answer:NEC Superscript 870 grinding noise

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I have an HP xt840. The hard drive grinds most of the time, even when there isn't a program running. Everything takes so long to open, Outlook, IE, Microsoft Word, etc....... I've cleaned, defragged, deleted, added RAM and everything is still so slow, very frustrating. Would replacing the hard drive help? We have a 40g hard drive now. If so, what brand, size, etc?? Can I install it myself? or should we just buy a whole new computer system?? or any other suggestions???

Thanks........ Sharon

Answer:grinding hard drive

Grinding sound from hard drive usually means it's about to fail. Most new drives come with easy to follow instructions on how to install it. You should be able to do it yourself. If you need anything off that drive, or plan on copying that drive to the new drive, I'd hurry up

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For the past few months my netbook has been running slower and slower, I dont know if its just Windows doing its stuff and slowing the computer down or if it is actuly Malware. So I ran the programs as it explained in the FAQ so please find attached the log files. SAS didnt make a log file but I guess that is because nothing was found. For some reason RootRepeal wouldnt run so I have also attached a zipped document with screen shots of the error messages. There was also an error with MGtools but it appeared to complete successully though, I have added this error to the document too.

Answer:Windows 7 grinding to a hault

Hi there and welcome. I am currently reviewing your logs and will get back to you with a set of instructions in the next post I make to you.

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Can someone please rescue me? I'm having an unresolved issue on the below thread & I'm going nuts. I had transferred my grinding-noise issue from this forum, but now I'm thinking it may be a virus. Please help (either on this thread or the below thread):

Answer:Grinding Hard Drive - please help!

Well jellym,

You have been told, by both NiteHawk and motherboard to have HiJack This fix some things in both of these threads below, and not one time have you said you did.

So first be sure to put a check by what is in the quote below and have HiJack This fix them.

Run HighJack This again and make a new log. Then post the new saved log. Please! DO NOT post the old HiJack This log!

In Hijack This, check ALL of the following items. Double check so as to be sure not to miss a single one.
Next, close all browser Windows, and have HT fix all checked.

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page=
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar=
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title=Access4Less
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default)= Read more

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hi there. in the past 2 days my dell laptop seems to have slowed down to the degree it can hardly go online. i run Avast, Spyware Terminator and Windows Firewall and occaisionally scan with Malwarebytes and A-squared. this security set up has been fine for a long while. I have installed Vista SP 2 last week and wondered if this could be the prob. please help as I am very worried.

Answer:Laptop grinding to a halt

1. Softwarea) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click hereb) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Superantispyware click hereMalware removal tool click hereFree Antivirus softwareAvast4 click hereorAVG antivirus click herec) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :- RegscrubVistaXp click hereRegseeker click hereTweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click hereEasycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. ) d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispywareand the services that run in the background. click here

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When I boot up my y470, the fan makes a grinding noise for about 3 seconds,  then is perfectly normal. I think there's something wrong with my fan's bearings, even though it's only 2 weeks old (terrible manufacturing quality apparently). How do I go about putting my warranty to good use here? I'm in Canada.

Answer:Y470 fan grinding noise
Canada, right?

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Hi all,

My laptop fan is making some pretty weird noises and some of them sound pretty bad; when the laptop turns off the fan kind of clunkclunkclunks to a stop and I'm worried that the fan might not be spinning fast enough to cool the laptop. I've looked at how to replace the fan and it involves taking pretty much the entire laptop apart, is there anything else I could/should be looking at, trying to do, etc, before I go all in? The only thing I can think of would be to get a can of compressed air and try to give it a blast and maybe dislodge something; I just thought it would be worth asking before going through the trouble of taking the laptop apart plus the expense of buying a new fan. My laptop is an HP pavillion dv7.

Thanks a bunch for any help,

Answer:Laptop fan grinding noise?

It might be an idea to get a program such as Speccy (Google it) and check the temps on your CPU, if the CPU is too hot, i would see if you could get access to the fan, clean and clean it out with a can of compressed air (Or a vacuum but that may damage components, i wouldn't recommend it but i do it personally) and if that doesn't help take the fan off and use an alcohol wipe to clean off the grey compound on it and replace it with some fresh thermal compound (There are plenty of youtube videos on how to do this).

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My Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop fan is making off-and-on grinding sounds. What could cause this. I bought another fan, but cleaned out the old one and a clump of dust came out. It still makes that sound. Maybe I should replace the fan? Is this grinding noise dangerous?

Answer:Dell Inspiron Fan Grinding

Try cleaning it again, but if you have the new fan in hand, you are better off replacing it. Laptops have a hard enough time keeping cool when everything is working never mind when a fan is malfunctioning. I'm sure it is not pushing the amount of air it is supposed to.

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Hey everyone,

I am 25 and am in Phoenix, AZ. I am currently pursuing my CCNA to start my networking career and am seeking some guidance. My experience and knowledge thus far is pretty fragmented, I know a little about a lot PC hardware/software/networking/virtulization/data storage/VOIP/security.

I currently work as a technical support agent providing Tier 1 VOIP support for a small company here in Phoenix. We support about 11 different VOIP providers and we provide their Tier 1 support, I support all of these clients in many aspects, from moves/add/changes all the way up to troubleshooting their Cisco/Adtran/Edgemarc devices and calling carriers for T1 circuit issues. I have a lot of experience with Polycom and Cisco phones, so I'd like to move into my CCNA Voice at some point.

I feel that after I achieve my CCNA, I'd like to get started on some VMWare/HyperV certification as thats where my curiosity is.

I have enrolled with IT University Online, they had a deal on Groupon for $100 which included the following courses.

640-822 Cisco ICND1 CCENT
640-816 Cisco ICND2 - CCNA
640-461 ICOMM v8.0
640-553 IINS
640-554 IINS

I've got until 11/17/13 before all of it expires and I'd like to get as much done as possible. Has anyone had any experience with IT University Online? Do you think it's of good quality and sufficient for my needs?

I've also decided that GNS3 will not be sufficient enough for me ... Read more

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I have a Gateway PC with ME, 1.3 processor, 640 ram. Three yrs old. It will not boot up. I turn PC on, and I get to first screen, and then it bumps and grinds and whirs and chirps, and beeps. I hit F1 key and get a message that operating system cannot be found. I tried to boot from a Norton rescue disk but no good. It sounds like fan motor is on. Last week, the PC started to cut off (power) for no reason, randomly, and I would have to reboot. Has my hardrive crashed? Might it be something less severe?. Please help? Thank you. RD.

Answer:Grinding & beeping noise

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Hello. Currently i Have in my PC:Q6600 2.4 ghz8800gts 312 DDR32gb of ram500gb WD sata HDDSound Blaster Audigy500watt PSUAlright so my computer has up and decided that it hates me. For about three months it worked without any major issues. I noticed some absurd artifacting with my GPU but decided i'd just replace it eventually. My problem is that recently my computer has gone nutty. Whenever I decide to do anything (open photoshop, install programs, ect) it starts to give me laggy sound. Windows itself takes about 5 minutes to get past that initial loading screen and then 1 or 2 minutes to actually load my user. Under a normal circumstance I would just guess CPU but it's stranger. Once photoshop opens it gives a GPU error, whatever, I get it, it's broken. Yet it works fine, no lag, nothing. I render videos, and nothing. I open fallout 3 and it lags until it gets to the menu and the sound is fine for the rest of the game. It seems to only lag on loading screens. About an hour ago I started hearing loud grinding noises from inside my case. All of this leads me to believe it may be my HDD. It seems that the sound skips any time the HDD is accessed but I'm not sure. So I wanted to get a second opinion.I ran a CPU stress test and it never got above 60C at 100% for 3 hours. I ran a ram test for 20 minutes with 0 errors. My GPU gets up to 72C with artifacting almost nonstop In games there are specific models that seem to make the oddest thing ever occur. Giant tr... Read more

Answer:strange grinding noise

Two problems at the same time:1) Hard drive is going bad.  If the grinding noise is coming from the hard drive, that's means it's about to crap out on you.  Back up your data as soon as you can 'cause you may not get another chance...2) Video card.  99% of the time artifacts on the screen mean a video card problem.  The other 1% of the time it's drivers. have your marching orders.  Replace both the hard drive AND the video card.

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I have a Gateway with XP running on it. It is three years old. About once an hour all of a sudden I will hear this whirring noise that will over the next 15-20 seconds sound like it is slowing down and getting lower in pitch and then will just suddenly dissapears. It doesn't interfere with any activity I am working on. Totally random if I am doing anything or the desktop is up in resting state. Sounding like rotational noise I thought for sure it was my hard disk, but just replaced with new (no change). I have both cd drives open and empty and a blank disk in zip drive. Thats all that I can think of that is rotational. Must be something else that would growl back. Open for any ideas before it shuts down competely and I have not located the source. Taking all ideas! Thanks

Answer:Solved: Grinding whir

something getting in / against fan ?

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Hello. Yesterday my hard drive started grinding. When it does it it lasts for a few seconds and then stops and computer goes as normal. What should I do?

Answer:Hard drive grinding

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hello, im new here...
I have an extremely slow bootup time, both in bios and in windows.
The bios problem is a no-brainer....i have an IDE card that takes a long time to load. however, windows takes forever to load, despite a (rather) fast computer.

this problem has been occuring for a while now, but i had attributed it to many bootup programs until there are several freezes of programs at boot

I run KIS 7, which is very processor intensive. this is not the source however, but it may contribute... (for those asking about malware)
I used to run AVG free, AVG anti spyware, and comodo firewall pro. i later dumped AVG free for avria, but left the otheres as is. i tried using spyware doctor and spyware terminator before but dumped them within a week (i used the version of spyware doctor that came with the google pack ). I uninstalled all of these when I found a free (after rebates) copy of KIS 7 at fry's (for those who live in the east, this is an electornics store. too bad they operate only on the west coast... my location has preety good deals)

I also play games and ran a cracked copy of alcohol 120 (Im sorry. sheesh.) but dumped it for daemon tools.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:40:44 PM, on 5/1/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)
Boot mode: Normal

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My y510p is making a small grinding noise by the hdd is this normal?
Moderator note: off-topic post moved to its own thread.  Subject edited to match content.  Was:  Re: IdeaPad Y, U, V, Z & P series 2013 shipping discussion

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hi - when i loaded my computer up this morning the hard drive started to make a grinding grating noise which stopped once my programes were loaded.everything seems to be back to normal now. this also happened one day last week. is my hard drive on the way out? its a Maxtor 4D040H2 [Hard drive] (40.00 GB) is there anything i can do (apart from scrap it and buy another?)

Answer:grinding hard drive

Are you sure it's the harddrive? I had a similar experience and it turned out to be the system fan. If you are sure it's the harddrive then backup your vital files and get a new one.

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i had my sony viao for almost 2-yrs and i'm starting to hear a grinding noise from my hd. i initially noticed it when i turned it on. it made this loud grinding noise for over 10-mins then it disappear (pc still made typical very noise) and after 3 days the hd made the same noise (again for ~10-mins), but not as loud when i turned it on, still loud enough to notice and the grinding noise wasn't consistent either, a few time it was like grinding down then speeding up again
should i start looking at new hd, will i be able to rescue my files if my hd just decides to stop working or decides to boot up
i normally keep my pc on for 5-days and i know i'm not the only one so i don't think that's the reason
also most night, i keep my pc busy all night long encoding movies for over 10-hrs, can that be the cause

Answer:hd making grinding noise

Any information of value should be backed up. Hd can die at the drop of a hat.

But are you sure its the hd and not a fan.

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My w550s laptop fan is making a loud grinding noise whenever I turn it on.  I've tried cleaning and then replacing the fan but the issue persists anyway. Any tips on how to resolve the issue would be greatly appreciated. I've attached the sound for reference. (it sounds like a bearing is loose but I'm not quite sure) 

Answer:W550s fan grinding noise

Welcome shadowsonmywall1. Is your CPU and GPU running hot when the laptop fan is making a loud grinding noise?2. Did you remove the thermal paste before replacing with a new fan?3. Have you tighten all other screws on the laptop fan?
4. Use grease to oil the bearing of the fan.
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One of my HP laptops, HP Pavilion dv9650us, went off warranty about two months ago. I was using the machine to help fix another computer's problem when I noticed that its dvd-drive is making loud grinding noises and is slowing down the computer whenever I would access the drive. I suspect that the drive is about to die.

I am not sure how long the drive has been doing this since the laptop is being used primarily by another family member.

I purchased an extended warranty through Office Depot, but that family member cannot afford for that computer to be sent off for an unknown amount of time so I am actively considering replacing the drive myself.

I am looking at drives on and unsure if a 'universal laptop slimline drive' will fit. Are the drives fairly universal between manufactorers? The current drive is an HD-DVD drive so I was hoping to upgrade to a blu-ray drive. Is it possible?

FYI: These kind of internal laptop dvd drives are not available from newegg or even frys. I'd rather not buy directly through hp.

Answer:dvd drive grinding noise Found a few laptop BD-Roms there. Panasonic makes the UJ-220 for laptops as well. They are a bit pricey. I would google something like 'Notebook Internal Blu-Ray' and see what pops up for you.

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My AcerAspire V-7 482PG has started making periodic grinding sounds when I am playing an audio or video file, but only after the laptop has been running for a while.  A re-boot solves the problem, but only for a while.  I have updated all my drivers, so I don't think that can be the problem.  Any help?

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I have an older laptop that we use infrequently here in the office, and it's making a pretty loud grinding noise. I looked into this a bit on-line, and everyone seems to agree that this probably means the hard drive is going. I just want to confirm a few things with an expert before I proceed:

1) Is there anything I should try to get rid of the grinding noise before I just pack it in and trash this laptop?

2) Although the laptop is older, I really don't want to trash it. Does it make sense to buy a new hard drive?

3) If I do buy a new hard drive, is that the kind of thing that I can install myself, without too much experience? Can you guys help me through it?

4) Do you have any suggestions on where I should go for the drive and what I should get? (It's a Dell Notebook)

Any assistance is very much appreciated!

Answer:Grinding noise from laptop

What operating system is it using? W98? W98SE, ME, XP or what? What make and model of laptop? Beware there may be limitations on the capacity of the hard drive that the OS/BIOS will accept. Can you get a copy of the manual, either from the office, or via the net, or makers website? Also there may be limits on the anount of RAM that can be installed if you want to upgrade. let us know and someone here can probably help.
Can the IT representative at your office help with further info? Bazza


Lydster said:

I have an older laptop that we use infrequently here in the office, and it's making a pretty loud grinding noise. I looked into this a bit on-line, and everyone seems to agree that this probably means the hard drive is going. I just want to confirm a few things with an expert before I proceed:

1) Is there anything I should try to get rid of the grinding noise before I just pack it in and trash this laptop?

2) Although the laptop is older, I really don't want to trash it. Does it make sense to buy a new hard drive?

3) If I do buy a new hard drive, is that the kind of thing that I can install myself, without too much experience? Can you guys help me through it?

4) Do you have any suggestions on where I should go for the drive and what I should get? (It's a Dell Notebook)

Any assistance is very much appreciated!Click to expand...


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I've only had my laptop for 3 months, and I've had the grinding sound for maybe a month now. It's mostly when I turn it on. But it also resumes grinding at a constant pace every few seconds, it grinds for a part of a second, even as I type this. It's a very low sound, though, unlike when it starts, it's a bit louder.

I've also been having slowdown issues, as I'm sure that's relevant.

It's an HP Pavilion zt3340ea
512 RAM
Centrino 1.6
60 GB

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This laptop was taking over 5 minutes to boot and even after it finished booting it would pretty much grind to a halt after running the internet browser. This laptop was only really used for facebook so there wasn't a lot installed on it and not a lot at start-up either, using process explorer I couldn't see anything using a stupid amount of memory or disk read/wright at all, so I was at a loss as to what was causing the slowness. After booting into safe mode and seeing that it was running as expected I figured there must be something running in the background causing the issues. So I ran through your README thread and Malwarebytes did remove some threats. This seems to have fixed the issue but the laptop still isn't responding quite as quickly as I would expect so I would appreciate it if someone could take a look at my log files to see if there is anything left behind?

Answer:Laptop grinding to a halt

Please re run Hitman and have it delete the Potential Unwanted Program.

That is the only item I can see that needs removing.

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Hi, fairly new W10 install based on W7 upgrade.

Stock drivers for everything.

While playing computer games recently (particularly DOSBOX ones) I experience that the system simply grinds to a halt after a certain time.

Even trying to get a Task Manager/Process Manager running (ctrl-alt-del) then takes ages and nothing will close and I can only reboot the system.

There is no hard disk activity during that time. Memory is always around 2G (50% of 4G in use).

During this "system slowdown" any sound that is still playing in the computer game is then also "fragmented" or "slowmotioned" (the hagging, intermittend sound). Almost as if it is caused by audio.

I have no clue what this could be. Also during these slowdowns usually from what I can see there is no high CPU consumption.

I believe also sometimes after a while it restores itself, ie. some YouTube video playing in a browser will resume playing normally without all the delays and hickups.

Simply crawls to a halt. Do you people have any idea what this might be? And how to diagnose it, if in any case?

Currently I'm having to reset (reboot) this laptop time and time again. I did install a few audio tools / enhancers like "DFX" and another one (that I just removed) but I don't think this is related to those installs (?). I'm seriously... I believe I have no errors like this (the dragging of the computer and the audio) unless I'm playing a DOSBOX game.

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Recently, my computer has been slowing down and I have noted 100% CPU usage as well as multiple SVCHOST running. I would really prefer not to reinstall WinXP to resolve just to resolve this problem, but I need my computer to be at least close to normal.Attached is my HIJACKTHIS LOG ... Urgent Assistance Please Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 11:17:32 PM, on 2/15/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exeC:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsAuxs.exeC:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32... Read more

Answer:Computer Grinding To A Hault

Please, please, please ... an someone help me with this?

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Here's a question ..... !The last couple weeks when starting up my computer and for the first 30 seconds or so until the welcome screen appears, I can hear a grinding sound coming from my computer. Everything appears fully functional when this sound stops and no manner of tapping or tilting the computer case makes any difference to the sound.My question(s) is therefore what actually moves in the computer when you initialy switch it on and should I be worried?The comouter is only 2 years old (E-machine - XP).Thanks in anticipation.

Answer:Grinding sound on start-up !

Take the side off the case and listen carefully. It`s either a fan sticking until the bearing gets lubricated or it`s the hard disc. The former is easily solved the latter needs urgent, and I mean urgent attention.

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My AcerAspire V-7 482PG has started making periodic grinding sounds when I am playing an audio or video file, but only after the laptop has been running for a while.  A re-boot solves the problem, but only for a while.  I have updated all my drivers, so I don't think that can be the problem.  Any help?

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I have a Dell DImension Desktop (not a big Dell fan, but it was free, it's my only PC). Anyway, lately at startup I've been hearing a terrible grinding noise from insode the computer, it usually quiets down a bit later after startup, but a grinding/buzzing noise is always there to some degree.

I immediatly figured it was a HD problem, that the HD was grinding. I went to staples and picked up a new 80GB maxtor HD and installed it (removed the old one entirely). I re-installed windows at that point but the grinding noise IS STILL THERE! The noise is basically identical so I am starting to think that it was neve a HD issue, if it wasn't what else could possibly be grinding like that!? Maybe a fan somewhere? I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I obviously have no clue what's going on, please help me!


PS_ if it helps im running off of a GeForce FX 5200 256 MB Vid Card (ya, I know it's not the greatest), I havea GIG of staple's RAM and that's a bout all I think you'll need, plz help me out here!

Answer:GRINDING/BUZZING it the HD or..?(HLP!)

A fan is the only other moving part unless its a floppy or cd in the drives

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I am struggling with Grinding noise while using my HP Laptop-HP G62 Notebook PC. I have cleaned the Vents using Compressed Gas Can, but this did not help much. Checked HP Support Assistant for possible driver/software updates, but no updates are available.

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I have four fans in my computer: one in the power supply, one in the processor, one on the back of the casing and one in my video card. At least one of them is making a horrible grinding or whirring noise when I switch it on first thing in the morning. It goes away after the computer has warmed up a bit and doesn't come back for the rest of the day, even if I power off for a while and power back on a bit later. It'll be back next morning though.

I've tried opening up the computer while the fan is making this sound and having a good listen but I can't tell for the life of me which fan it is. Does anyone know if there's a technique to find the dodgey fan amongst many fans? I tried searching on google but it always just returns results on how to fix fans or what to do in the case of discovering a noisy fan (but not how to distinguish which fan it is). My friend suggested sticking the end of a pencil in each fan while they're spinning to test and see if the noise stops but I don't like this idea, it sounds dangerous. I don't want to get electrocuted or damage the fans.

I did also try removing any dust from each fan (impossible for the PSU fan because its inside the PSU) in case that was the cause but nope, it still happens.

Answer:Solved: Which Fan is Whirring/Grinding?

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I have absolutely no idea why this is happening, but my computer grinds to a halt after a while (10 mins or so). There is no way to resume anything. I just have to hit the reset button on the front of the PC to restart everything.

It seems to be happening more with Firefox. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling.
Many thanks,

Here's my HJT log.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:32:34, on 31/03/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
C:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\VIPRE\SBAMSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFLnch.exe
C:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
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