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Strange noise at startup

Question: Strange noise at startup

Hello,I noticed strange noise coming from my SL500, when I log in Windows and start some program. After 10-20 sec the strange sound goes away and I don't hear it as long as I have laptop turned on. Any idea what this might be?

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Answer: Strange noise at startup

Update:I ruled HD and fans out. Since it does that when starting internet browser, I was wondering could it be connected with wireless card?

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A week or a little bit longer ago, I was dealing with the google redirect issue. I have completely solved the google redirect issue, but am now presented with a strange noise towards the end of my boot sequence. The bleep sort of noise occurs after BIOS, after the windows XP loading screen, on the screen that I type my password to log into windows. Viewing my Event Log Viewer, I have a consistent error saying that EvdoServer hung on startup, sometimes there is another one or two other random, inconsistent errors. I use Norton AntiVirus. Spybot S&D, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and Norton ALL currently come up completely clean after scanning.Here is my HiJackThis log... Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 3:34:33 PM, on 8/14/2010Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\... Read more

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hey everyone, so my pc is making a very strange noise when playing youtube videos, or any kind of flash videos, they also play slower. The noise is like some kind of distortion and I hadn't heard something like that. This also happens when I start my pc but only for a while.
I tried reinstalling the audio driver but nothing happened.
my laptop is a Toshiba satellite m55

any help would be appreciated!!

Answer:computer making strange noise when playing youtube videos and startup.

i too have this problem and could not figure out why.
Bump your topic and hopefully some experts could help us out.

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Question: Strange noise

Here is another bizarre problem from me!

I sometimes use my CD-RW to listen to Audio Cds and it makes a whirring noise when it starts... thats normal... and not my problem... the problem is you can hear a slight whirring noice through the speakers while this drive is in use which obviously takes away from the nice sound through my speakers!

It doesnt happen when I use my DVD drive to play audio... the only difference is the Digital Audio plug goes from the CD-RW to my audigy 2... but i have muted this stream... but no change!

any ideas??? thanks!

Answer:Strange noise

This might not help, but have you enabled Digital Audio for your CD-RW drive? I know that this solved my problem when my CD-RW wouldn't play music at all. If you don't know how to enable this, tell me and I'll provide soem instructions.

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I was alerted by family this morning when they turned on the computer (i usually leave on all night) that there was a weird noise until they got in windows. Thinking they were just hearing the HSF i just ignored.

I opened to case to install a 2nd harddrive to whipe for a friend (finding out i need another IDE i just cleaned all the dust out. I hooked it back up and i hear the sound, im not sure what it is, it makes the sound for a few seconds, then stops, then again, and it stopped after a short while.

If i didnt stop i could record the sound of it.. but cant.

Any ideas?

Answer:Strange noise

a fan or a drive ....nothing else moves . try pin-pointing it again on reboot.

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Question: strange Noise?

MY computer is making an ticking sound    And the volume will not stay up, When i raise the volume  the bar moves down agiain in succession with the ticking sound?    

Answer:strange Noise?

If it was ticking/clicking and you couldn't power up, I would say it would be the power supply. Sometimes an inadequate power supply will cause the HD to click. Is everything else operating Ok? Is the ticking sound and the volume control the only problem?

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Question: Strange Noise

Earlier I heard a strange noise coming from the inside of my Tower. It sounded like a engine of a car almost. It would come every min or so, do that sound for like 5 secs and disappear.

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Question: Strange noise

When booting up I get a strange noise lasting a second or two when detecting IDE drives. When I get online the search box fills up with the # symbol and doesn't stop till I hit the Esc key. This happens everywhere I fill in a username and password. I don't know if I need to get a new keyboard or if its some thing else wrong. I'm using XP and have run a virus scan but it didn't find anything.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Question: Strange noise

I have a new E520 which i bought few weeks ago. Not very impressed! My problem is it makes a strange beep noisewhen i minimise the web pages. It also makes a strange beep noise when i reduce the size of the windows (for, eg. if i have 2 windows to fit my screen by reducing the sizes). Any suggestions why it makes this noise when i minimise and maximise the windows? I used the mouse and tried without mouse as well, no luck Thanks

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A loud noise, like a clock ticking - coming from my hard drive. No loss of performance, nothing in the CD/DVD drive! what could it be???? should I be worried????
I use Windows XP/three year old computer.
thanks guys

Answer:Strange noise!!! what could it be

it may be a virus - i have read on this forum a while back of a virus which made a ticking noise - i'll try and find the post
it may be the hardrive or a FAN.

cant find the post so maybe mistaken, i'll keep looking - assume its the hardrive and backup the data as soon as possible.

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Question: strange noise

Hello there is a strange noise no matter what i click on like an icon on the desktop, when i go into favourites and list drops down theres this noise,but i notice when i went to sign in my user name for pc advisor all these wee dots went along were im to sign in, on yahoo page in the search part these wee dots just start strolling along there and prevents from typing yurself i can explain, its like a drum roll noise.first i ever game across any of this

Answer:strange noise

hi irene40....from your description of the problem , i would say you have a key stuck on the keyboard.check all keys ...Dave.

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Hi, I've got a problem here and wonder if anyone may be able to help me here. This morning i heard a noise coming out from my PC box. Sounds like emergency alarm siren from the box. I then restarted it hoping the noise would go away. And it worked (the noise stops). However, up until now, i'm still puzzled by it thinking how on earth would a pc desktop produce such a noise like that. This is my first time. What i've also done is check the event by going to event viewer. There are 3 items on the list. Note: i only focused on date between 15/3 and 16/3 because any other days before today were fine. 1. Application - seem normal except got a warning on 16/3 i.e today from MySQL 2. security - None 3. System - seems fine(just information) I don't know what's caused it. so i hope someone would be able to help me. Thank you in advance

Answer:strange noise from my PC

Hi,According to the problem you have just described, probably you are having problems with your fan(s) in the CPU or hard-diskThere are 2 fans in ur CPU which is power supply fan and CPU fan. You might want to check them! But be careful..If you want to check CPU fan, turn off ur PC and wait for it to cool off. Then open the case and see. If its CPU fan's problem, u ll need to replace it since if u dont, ur CPU is at risk of burning.If its power fan, dont ever attempt to fix it by urself. Just go and replace with a new one.You might want to check the hard disk too. Since strange noise from hard-disk could be a signal that ur hard-disk might crash:( You can refer to this website for more clarificationclick here Hope this helps:)

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Ok my computer has been running fine until last night, I was playing my favorite game and then all of a sudden my cpu froze on me. I had to push the button to restart it. Then it wouldnt restart for a while, now I finally got windows to boot up and I can get online and everything, but when I go to play on of my games I hear this strange high pitch zipping sound...real short and quick sound. When I hear the sound it freezes for a second, then continues to load the game, then the sound goes again and freezes the would take me an hour to load a game with this going on. I cant figure out what it is...any help would be greatly appreciated.

p4 3.0 ht, 865 chipset mobo 800fsb, 6800gt graphics card, 80g hd (currently working on replaceing this puny thing)

Answer:A strange noise...please help

It sounds like your heatsink fan is not working correctly. That is the first guess. Open the box and have a look at it.

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Question: A strange noise

Hi guys,I don't what happened,but yestarday,while I was at my computer something weird happened.
Suddenly from the PC,heared that noise when I start the PC,it was like the fan was start spinning again.
Now when I've opened my pc,while it was booting,I took a look at the fan and sometimes it spined slowly,than usual.
Now it's spining okay,and I haven't heared that noise again,
what was it?
Thank you.

Answer:A strange noise

What fan? PSU fan, case fan, GPU fan?

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About 2 days ago i opened PC case to do my regular maintenance of dusting inside. Usually use Compressed air.

Have 2 case fans (1) 92mm (1) 80mm plus the CPU Cooler fan, my Graphics card has dual fans.

Just other day and this only happens when i am booting the PC, i hear what sounds like and what i can only describe as a horn sound as the fans speed up at boot , then it goes away as fans slow when i reach the sign on page. After i do not hear any noises from them at all.

As usual i know my graphics card fan speeds up when i boot the PC this is normal i know. This issue does not happen every time, it's occasional since day i dusted it out. Weird part is when i opened it to inspect the possible cause i reboot number of times and nothing happens with case open, thinking possible vibration. When i put case cover back on did not do it after a couple of attempts, but eventually did, not every time though.

Wondering if a case fan, PSU fan, or Graphics card is going because it's not every time, like 1 or 2 out of 10 times i reboot to try it. With cover off it never happened, could it be air flow difference with cover off, a possible vibration but i can not figure it out if i do not remove cover then.

Kind of stumped, don't see anything possibly loose or could be hitting something inside case.
Also tried stressing the Graphics card with program called Valley Benchmark to see if card whined, but it handled this good.
Not sure what else to think, unless compressed air caused s... Read more

Answer:strange noise from PC

Could have something stuck inside one of the fans around the fan shroud, only rubbing at high speed.

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I was feeling a bit bored and, having recently completed an exam relating to SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) I decided to "help" the project and downloaded [email protected] and ran it for about half an hour. I saw it was using 100% of my CPU (I know now it can be changed in the settings) and decided to stop it. (If it helps - just before the noise, I ticked an option for it to use my GPU)

But then I heard this weird noise. It was like something getting stuck in a fan, except it only lasted for half a second. Then came back again about 10 seconds later. I turned my PC off and came back to it this morning and it is still occasionally making this noise.

I know it's a long shot, but are there any recommendations as to what the noise is? I'm doing a dust-down of my PC inside and out today so whilst the case is off if there's anything that should be given a quick tighten or anything, let me know. Also any tips on how to clean the PC?

Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67Ghz
ATI Radeon HD 5770


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I have had this problem and started a thread on this, but it is easy to check the case fans first just disconnect them from the mother board one at a time, make sure the power is off first of coarse, then you can test the hard drive by removing the power cable from it, in this case i found the noise came from the hard drive but i have one of these towers with quick fit plastic type on one side only fittings very silly as when my quad is up to speed it rattles and what i have done is buy a new drive anyway and will fit screws to the back side of both drives, All this may or may not be of use to you and i hope you find a easy simple solution, good luck, chippynut.

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Question: A strange noise.

I noticed it recently, when I use the scroll button on my logitech mx700 mouse i hear a squeaking sound. But the strange part is you hear it through the speakers and or the head phones. I hadnot noticed this before. I only discovered it by mistake. I cant think of how to fix this. I am mainly wondering if any one else came across this. Its not too much of a problem, just strange.

Answer:A strange noise.

is it a ps/2 mouse? what you are experiencing is the wonderful world of crosstalk. I don't have the knowledge to explain it, but its ultra common and it has no effect on your computer performance. best way to fix it is to get a USB mouse.

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Hi,I've got a problem here and wonder if anyone may be able to help me here. This morning i heard a noise coming out from my PC box. Sounds like emergency alarm siren from the box. I then restarted it hoping the noise would go away. And it worked (the noise stops). However, up until now, i'm still puzzled by it thinking how on earth would a pc desktop produce such a noise like that. This is my first time. What i've also done is check the event by going to event viewer. There are 3 items on the list.Note: i only focused on date between 15/3 and 16/3 because any other days before today were fine.1. Application - seem normal except got a warning on 16/3 i.e today from MySQL 2. security - None3. System - seems fine(just information)I don't know what's caused it. so i hope someone would be able to help me.Thank you in advance

Answer:strange noise from the box

Are any alarms set in your BIOS?

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I know my title is a bit vague, couldnt really think of something more descript. Anyways... Hers my situation. Ill be running a program, lets say UT2K4 Dedicated Server, then I decide I want to go play on that server (which you can do) so I boot up unreal and join the game, within a few minutes of starting play a high pitched solid alarm sound starts coming from my PC. I dont know what it is. I alt tab out of UT, not closing it, and the noise stops. This also happens to me when I try running 2 instances of a game called EVE-Online, which can also run more than one game at a time, same thing occurs. I have to close that game to make the noise stop. I dont know whats going on and any ideas would be appreciated. The only drastic change I have had was changing from my home connection to my college network.

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Hello I am having issue with my 5 months old lenovo y50. I can hear strange grinding/rattling sound when my laptop is tilted or put sideways. It is coming out of the vent area from the middle. It is not very loud and I can only hear it when you put my ear to the vents. I think it started happening after I updated bios to the newest version in april to fix the unfamous chirping noise. When my laptop is on flat surface there is absolutely no grinding noise comming out of the vents. I don't know if i should give it back to lenovo so thay can repair it. Could someone tll me if their y50 does the same think? Best Regards

Answer:Y50 strange fan noise

Hi Donuts999,
Welcome to the Forums        
As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with fan noise in your Lenovo Y50 laptop.
Run the dust removal application? go to Lenovo energy management and select maintainence guide and select dust removal option and run the application.
Please share the latest BIOS version which you have updated.
 Hope this helps. Do post back if the issue persists.
Best regards,         
Ashwin. S

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I have a Lenovo A61 Thinkcentre that is about one year old. I am now hearing a fairly loud noise that comes and goes. When the system starts, the noise appears and lasts 10 minutes or so, then disappears. It sounds like there is a very large mosquito inside the tower.I opened the case and confirmed that the noise is not from either of the two fans and it does not seem to be in the hard drive. It does seem to be coming from the sound card which has some heat sinks under the card, but no visible moving parts.  Any ideas?

Answer:strange noise in A61

the noise is probably from the vibration of either large thumb screw that holds the desktop case panel, or the heatsink/fan on the CPU. 

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Question: strange noise

we have an acer laptop when you pick it up it makes a sound like dropping gambling chips or dominos falling down we have had an issue in the past with the fan being clogged with dust but this was sorted could it be this causing the problem again?

Answer:strange noise

It sounds like the fan is rubbing up against something like wires etc in the laptop. Whomever cleaned it before may obstructed the fan. Try taking it back to them and see if they can free up the fan.

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Question: Strange noise


For the last week now my computer has been making a humming sounds that progressively gets louder. The strange thing is if I press my hand firmly on the side of the case the humming stops for a short time. Any ideas as to why this would happen?

Will give any specs if needed.

Thank you,


Answer:Strange noise

It might be normal, but please update your specs. So we can help you further.

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Ok, every so often i hear this loud click sound (even when im away from my pc). Its not the kind of click noise i would expect to hear, but i think something in my computer is sending some kind of information out (noise only occurs when connected to the internet. Now i dont think its a virus or trojan because i scanned and all is clear. I even wrote a program to view all running processes (like a task list) and i cant see anything running out of the ordinary. Could something be in my computer and sending out information? Maybe a port scanner or something, but im sure something has been dumped on my pc, but cant figure out what, if it has. Maybe im looking too far into this, im just concerned over this noise.All help is truly appreciated :)

Answer:Im getting worried - Strange noise

erm... where does the sound come from,case or speakers?and how do you hear it "even when im away from my pc"?

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I've had my E7440 laptop for several years now and it has developed this strange new fan noise (click to hear below). Fan appears to be blowing and stopping at a regular interval. Looking for an expert opinion on whether the fan needs to be replaced. Thanks
Click here to play this audio clip

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A strange noise emits from the speakers every time i click, refresh or type in a web address or even use a search engine etc. Some web pages are rarely affected though is a favourite for this noise as well as new pages I have never visited before.

Anyone had this before? A virus? I have scanned 10 times and nothing comes up.

Or is it some stupid setting?

Please help!!!!

Answer:Strange Noise From Internet

what type of sound is it? and on a scale of 1-10 (10 is the worst) how bad is it?

I've never heard of this problem before, but if it is really annoying I'll look into for you

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I have a strange noise emanating I believe from the processor heatsink. If left at startup then I get a fairly loud grinding whirring sound as if some part is not turning. If I switch off and restart then on 3rd or 4th attempt starts normally. I have removed fan and thoroughly cleaned as this was my first suspicion but now discounted this. Have cleaned heatsink as best I can with small plastic blade so no dust or grime between fins. If room is warm like after heating been on a while then it starts no problem. Unit is approx 18 months old.ASRock Socket 754 M1689 Upgrade MotherboardAMD Athlon 64 3800 processor2Gb Crucial MemoryAny ideas anyone or should I just change heatsink & fan.

Answer:Strange Start Up Noise

I have removed fan and thoroughly cleaned as this was my first suspicion but now discounted this.If you carefully peel back the label on the centre of the fan you may find a hole to allow you to lubricate the fan bearings with one small drop of machine here

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Hi i keep getting this strange boing noise on my laptop, so i have it on mute all the time and i took it off mute and it still doing it i dont even have to touch anything on my laptop for it to do it it does it randomly so i havent a clue as what it can be, any help would be great thanks

Answer:strange boing noise

could be Malware, software you have installed, or an error message that's failing to appear. Fill out your system specs and post a screen shot of your startup items as listed in msconfig.

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I have a similar problem to the one described here is on my work computer, so I don't have the speakers hooked up all the time, however I need sounds for one thing or another, this last time I was constantly bombarded with a series of, what sounds to me, like poping bubbles. It plays at irregular intervals, sometime in quick succession and sometimes going a minute or more between repetitions. It is none of the sounds referenced in the linked thread, this one is much longer. I've gone into the Sounds and Audio Device menu of the control panel and set the sound scheme to None. My desktop wall paper is 'none' with a black background.I have seen no action/reaction pattern to this sound.It is very annoying.Muting the volume at the system tray give me silence.The last time I used the speakers was over a month ago and this problem was not happening.And finally, I don't know if this has anything to do with anything, but in the last 4-6 weeks, whenever I unlock my station 2 'Programs' windows span for no known reason. I mention this because it started because between the time the sounds was behaving and now. Any Ideas?

Answer:Strange noise repeating

did you try using different speakers?

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i just bought a new monitor 2 days ago, a Samsung SyncMaster 757DFX. i have no problems with it, it's working great. i have a few questions though:

1. when the computer is turned off, the monitor goes to energie-saving mode, and turns off itself. only the green led is blinking. now, if i get closer to it, i can hear a barely audible hissing noise, or something like that. is that normal? when the monitor starts to cool down, the noise is a bit louder, but far from loud, i can hear it only when i listen very carefully.
2. should i turn off the monitor when i don't use if for an hour or two?
3. is it recomended to use this monitor on a resolution of [email protected]? will this shorten the life of the monitor?


Answer:Strange(?) noise from monitor

I work with 6 of the exact same model and I hear no hissing noises after a shut down and the monitor enters standby. If the noise stops after you shut off the monitor, then by all means...just turn it off.

lcd monitors have a native resolution that they should be run at for optimal clarity and life. that will be denoted in the manual.

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I recently built my new computer:

8800 GTS 640
Gigabyte DS3R motherboard
and Creative Xtreme Gamer (not fatal1ty)

Anyways, when I'm playing oblivion, whenever something graphically intense is on the screen (gpu being stressed), which in oblivion is often, there's this chirping noise coming from somewhere in my system. Funny enough, I thought this chirping was part of oblivion at first, because it sounds like a cricket. I can even hear it very faintly when the case is open and im not playing a game. But it gets really loud when playing, depending on if something graphically intense is on screen (the more intense, the louder it is).

I think it's my video card, but im not sure and was hoping someone would be able to recognize the sound.

Here's a sound file of the noise (Note - I was moving the mic around trying to pick up the noise, so there are one or two muted thumps in the soundfile... don't play at earbursting volumes right away if you're wearing headphones):

(RapidShare - 300kb) crickets.mp3

Any ideas what it could be? It's really annoying!

Answer:Strange Chirping noise

I would say its your fan on the GPU Take a pencel unsharpened and with the game running put the eraser on the video card by the fan and the other end in your ear. That way you can be sure. If it is the fan you could probably take it out and clean it and maybe put a little oil on the fan. but it would be best to replace the fan.

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Hi,I've an Ideapad 510-15IKB and sometimes (not always) after the COMPLETE shutdown (NO ibernation, NO standby) i listen a noise that comes from the area in the picture. When there is this noise, after a night, the battery loses 8-10% of charge. When it's off the AC adaptor is not connected.If i turn on and immediately turn off the notebook the noise disappears. How could I know which component causes the dispersion?Thanks 

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One of the sites I get this ERRRRRRR sound when I first go in, is the following ...

This is new, for I've never heard it before. I've tried unchecking the sounds in IE8, but this does nothing to stop it.

Any idea as to what does this, or does it originate within the site itself?

Answer:Strange noise on some sites

Hi HoofMouth,
Block pop-up in IE8
go to tools ->Internet option->Privacy and check Block pop-ups ->ok

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This problem is not a critical one, however it has been bugging me for some time. Normally I just ignore it, but it has become more frequent so I feel its time to look into it...

My issue is, at random times my desktop will start making fairly loud strange grinding noises for about a 5-10 second period. Sometimes 1-2 times in a row. The noise sounds similar to the disk drive trying to read a disk without a disk inside (sort of how the old CPU's sounded when they read the huge floppy's).

When it makes the sounds the battery light on the outside flashes, and the disk drive light flashes on and off but dim and not all the way lit.

This seams to occur at random times, and not always during the same activities. Sometimes it will occur shortly after start up, or other times it will occur while I'm in the middle of doing something else such as playing a game. It doesn't seam to do it while a CD is in the drive, but randomly when a CD isn't in there.

Any clues on what might be causing it/ways to fix it?

My basic specs:
Dell Dem. Desk. 4700
Windows XP SP3
Pentium (R) 4 PCU 3.00 GHz
3.25 GB Ram

Disk Drive:
Samsun CD-R/RW SW-252S

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I recently got a new Dell GX-520 with W2K. It's a great box, but I have started hearing these strange noises that sounds like a door bell and then another that sounds like a ray gun blast. They happen throughout the day. I found out that if I do a flushdns that they stop for awhile but later on start up again. The sounds are just a bleep of a sound, not that long, they seem like some to of ping or pulse. Not sure how to trace or prevent from happening. Any thoughts, advice would be greatly appreciated.


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When I open internet explorer 7, A strange "blip" noise is made. Also sometimes when I visit web pages, I will still be issued the beeping noise? Why is this? What can I do to get rid of this noise?

note that I also use Mozilla Firefox. But with FireFox I do not get the bleeping noise.

Please help.

Answer:Strange bleeping noise when using IE7

This could either be the navigation sounds or the built in popup blocker.

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Hello,my device is ThinkPad Edge 14, model 0578-A19, BIOS 1.19with 500Gb Segate HDD unit, model ST9500325AS I hear strange HDD noise, even when my laptop is idle. No programs are running, no network activity, no any jolting.Nevertheless, every 10-20 seconds it produces a sound like head seek. Not a problem itself, but strange...Another noise from HDD appears every 30 seconds likes head parking. It is a high-pitched sound. I am sure, it must not park twice a minute. BIOS HDD test is OK. SMART test is also OK, sometimes it reports some airflow overheating. I've tried to record the noise. Very low level, I left it as it was recordered. Constant back sound is a cooling system. "seeking" sound can be found at 5, 20, 26, 38, 44, 50 secondsThe "parking" sound at 12, 35, 59 seconds Could anyone explain the constant hard drive activity? May be it is going to die?  

Answer:Strange HDD noise, when idle

I have the same situation... HDD: WD5000BEVT. WinXP 32. Any idea would be appreciated.

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Hi,I was wondering if anyone might be able to help me here.I have a PC desktop used as a web-server in the office. It was working fine til recently one day when i came to the office early in the morning, i heard a noise coming from the desktop box. The noise, if i can describe, is like the sound of siren in times of emergency. It's not beeping. Honestly, this is my first time i heard the noise like that. Not sure what caused it to trigger that noise and happy if anyone encountered this problem before, might be able to share it with me. BTW, the system is AMD Athlon(TM)XP, 1.61 Ghz, 256M RAM, windows XP Pro.Thank you very much in advance

Answer:Strange noise coming from my PC

Seems like it may be fan related, take the covers off and see if you can pin-point the noise, could be a wire or cable has moved and is touching fan blades

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strange noise came from the right side of T 400Its something like squeak or whine,about every 5 or 10 seconds.This noise makes me crazy at night,Did you guys have ever heard this?IS this a usual problem or should i ask for a change of the t400>Thanks for all your help

Answer:strange noise came from the right side of T 400

Hi there The front or back?You do know that the hard drive is under the right-side palm rest, right? Regards

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Hi all made thread about this before but wasnt sure where it was coming from iu now know its def the psu its a 750watt .. and fo0r months now when i 1st start pc it makes like a whirling grinding noise quite loud so i have to turn off then back on and always the 3rd time it will stop and work fine. sometimes i get to desktop and no icons so have to press little restart button but then ok and only when cold as if been on a while and i restart or turn off and on it dont do it do i need to buy new 1 or is there a fix for it cheers

Answer:Strange noise from PSU on start up

The fan in the PSU is the only thing that usually makes noise. I can't in good faith recommend that you replace the fan in your PSU because even an unplugged PSU can generate enough voltage to KILL you. Please get a new PSU instead.

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i have the dell xps 400 system.

the pinging noise is coming from the front of the computer. i first got multiple blue screens and then concluded they were from overheating because it was over 100 degrees and i have no ac. now the strange pinging noise is still there, i am unsure if it is coming from the harddrive or not its hard to zero in on the source i took apart the side of the computer and its deff coming from the front of the box. well the computer runs fine there is just alot of lag. like every min or so it will lag up while im typing. ive had a few people tell me mixed things, its the fan, graphics card or harddrive going bad.

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So i linked up my graphics card using a DVI to HDMI converter and the HDMI cable to the Sony 46" TV. Everything was fine for a few hours and then some strange noises appear at random times.

They're like sort of odd "beeps", but it's definitely not a hardware beep because it's a different pitch everytime. Sometimes it's so quiet you can barely hear it and sometimes it's really loud. And it happens randomly. from beep to beep can vary between a minute or a few hours.

Also, not quite sure where it's emanating from - the TV, Speakers or the case itself.

Here are my specs:

nVidia GTX 260 Core 216 graphic card
8GB of RAM
Gigabyte Motherboard
Core 2 Duo E7400 Processor.

Answer:HDMI to TV Strange noise

turn off one of the speaker outputs. Since the timing isn't consistant, you may have to wait for several hours, or maybe a day, to find out which one is causing it.

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This is my first time posting so go easy on me.I have had the hardest time figuring out what the problem is with my girlfriend's computer. Every once in a while there will be a loud humming that comes from it. I checked the fan, CPU fan and disk drive. So I could only assume it is the hard drive. So after reading that the kind of noise I am experiencing could mean your hard drive is about to brick, I replaced it. Then mysteriously the noise came back. I had burrowed her hard drive and put it in my computer to transfer things and noticed that it never made the same sound it was making before. I really don't know where to go from here. Thanks for anything you guys can help me with.

Answer:Strange Noise from my computer

Bad hd's make a ticking sound, not a humming sound. Take the cover off the case and next time you hear the sound try to identify the source. And if it's an "electrical hum", it could be any number of things starting with the power supply.

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Question: x200 strange noise

hi, i got my x200 last month. it's been running smoothly except that it keeps making some annoying noise. i'm not sure if the problem is specific to x200 or to the operating system (i'm using xp professional). here is the problem: the computer makes some strange noise every 2-3 minutes. it's like the clicking sound you hear when you open a webpage in the internet explorer. the strange thing is: even if i mute the speaker, i can still hear it. i have no idea where the sound comes from. anyone has a suggestion to fix the problem? thanks.

Answer:x200 strange noise

near the heat vent?

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i have a strange noise on my laptop I think is the hard disk but i have used some software for testing but no error result.What i have to do? is normal this noise?


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Answer:strange noise lenovo y50-70

Hi Antonx,
Welcome to the Forums  
As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with HDD noise in your Lenovo Y50-70 laptop.
As the needle which reads the HDD is stuck due to which the HDD is faulty, hence suggest you to visit the nearest authorized service centre and get it repaired.
Please take a data backup as the HDD might be replaced.
Click here to open a link where you can select the country and get the exact contact support number. I?m sure they will be a great help.
Best regards,         

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I've had this computer since March and I'm using the stock heat sink it came with. Recently I've noticed that sometimes programs will be unresponsive for 4-6 seconds and then it will go back to normal. The same thing can be said about the mouse, sometimes it doesn't even move. I took apart the side panel of my case and noticed that the CPU fan was making the noise. It sounds like a dial up modem, but a lot more silent. This noise can only be heard up close and eventually it goes away before starting to make the noise again. My CPU temps are normal, 31 on idle and usally 45-50 when I'm playing a game. The stock fan never stops spinning either. Maybe the motherboard has something to do with this? I haven't changed anything or added any new hardware since putting it together in March nor have I replaced the thermal paste because the temps were always low to begin with.

Here are my specs

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i3 3220 @ 3.30GHz 36 ?C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (9-9-9-24)
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. B75M-HD3 (Intel Core i3-3220 CPU @ 3.30GHz) 28 ?C
G236HL ([email protected])
AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
Hard Drives
932GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 ATA Device (SATA) 31 ?C
112GB KINGSTON SV300S37A120G ATA Device (SSD) 29 ?C
Optical Drives
No optical disk drives detected
AMD High Definition Audio Device ... Read more

Answer:CPU fan is making a strange noise

I can also record a video of the sound I'm hearing

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begins to flicker, then my PC locks up, when I try to restart it, it seems to have difficulty detecting the IDE drives, only when I nudge or move the tower does it boot up, the noise then stops as does the flickering then the hardrive makes the noise they make when they are booting up after I've nudged the Tower.

I am probably answering my own question but is it my hardrive on it's way out or something more sinister?


Answer:Strange noise and LCD display....

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When I open internet explorer 7, A strange "blip" noise is made. Also sometimes when I visit web pages, I will still be issued the beeping noise? Why is this? What can I do to get rid of this noise?


Answer:IE7 makes a strange noise


Try disabling your pop-up blocker and see

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I have a couple questions, but let me start with the strange noise. Sometimes when I restart my computer, and am installing software from a cd, and even sometimes out of the blue my computer will make a strange winding like sound. The sound goes up and down in in tone and clicks a little bit, and even sometimes causes my computer to restart if the sound doesn't stop on it's own. It's almost like something kicking on and off. I can't figure out if it's my power supply, processor or my harddrive. Or something else even..

Another question.. I don't have the software or any information on my motherboard. is there any way to tell somewhere in my computer what kind of motherboard I have? I really can't see anything written on the motherboard itself in my computer.

I am planning an upgrade, and have actually ordered parts already. I ordered the Intel Pentium D 925 3.0GHz / 4MB Cache / 800MHz FSB / Dual-Core / Presler / OEM / Socket 775 / Processor and finding out now that it may not work with my motherboard. I believe my motherboard has the pins. But I'm not sure. I have a motherboard in picked out if mine won't work.

I am wanting to use these older parts for a second computer if possible.

I'm not sure what info you need about my computer, I built it myself about 4 years ago, and really don't remember exacty what is in it like the moptherboard. I have 1.5 gig of memory, a P4 1.5 Ghz processor, 3 hard drives two inter... Read more

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The hard drive (ssd) on my xps 13 (9343) seems to be making a strange sound when it is reading/writing. It almost sounds like a regular hard-drive sound, but a little different, kind of like an electronic squeal.
Oddly, enough, it doesn't make any noise when I use it in Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) (I am dual-booting)
Is this a driver issue? Why does it make noise in windows and not in linux? Is anyone else daving this issue?

Answer:xps 13 (9343) strange ssd noise

i hear exactly the same noise. was wondering if it get overheated by windows not fully shutting down during "sleep mode" and XPS is hot (and battery empty) some hours later in a computer bag...)

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I noticed today that my speakers make a strange noise every so often. It's like the rattle of a rattlesnake. It's not very loud and it lasts about 3 seconds and happens at random intervals.Computer info.Dell Dimension 8100Pentium 4 Processor512 MB RDRAMMicrosoft XP

Answer:Strange speaker noise

Do you have cellphones near to them too..?  

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This seems a little different than the other posts about fan noise. I got my Yoga 13 today and from the moment I turn it on it make this audible clicking sound as regular as clockwork. There's around 10 clicks lasting for around 2 seconds, followed by six seconds of silence. Has to be the fan as that's the only moving parts in these right? I'm going to call customer services tomorrow.

Answer:Yoga 13 strange Fan noise

Did you figure out what the problem was caused by? I've got the same issue and it's driving me crazy! Thanks in advance for your reply. 

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its make a loud scraping noise does anyone know what this could be? its happening as i type and it sounds very bad any help plz

Answer:strange noise from the inside fan

Which fan is having the problem? Is it a case fan, CPU fan, PSU fan etc.

If there is no debris stuck in the blades and you have checked, and given it a good clean, then it sounds as if your fan bearing assembly has deserted you!

Either way, if any weird or bad noises are coming from any fan in your case,
my advice would be to replace it as soon as you can.
Fortunately they are a fairly cheap item compared to most, and more importantly, you risk damage to far more expensive componentry if they are subject to excessive heat, which may be caused by a faulty fan.
This is especially important if it is your CPU fan, so if it is, replace it!


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I was using my laptop like I usually do - browsing the internet and listening to music. Suddenly I got this weird noise that completely interrupted my music, but it went away before I did anything. It wasn't the MP3 (because I played that MP3 again immediately afterwards), and i'm pretty sure it wasn't my media player, Winamp (although its entirely possible it could have). It wasn't a quick sound like a "boink" or another Windows sound. It was either some sort of static/white noise or a low-pitched bonk or something like that. It lasted for at least several seconds before going as suddenly as it appeared.

I didn't hear it again for the 30 minutes that passed before I turned my laptop off. What could be the cause of this sound? (I'm sorry there's not alot to go on, and I don't even remember what the sound sounded like but it was a strange thing).

My computer was sitting at a desk and was not being moved or anything like that, in fact I think I was just listening to music and not even touching the laptop while it was happening.

Answer:Strange Noise Came From Laptop

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a Siren play in my bosses computer randomly. I thought it might be his weather bug but nothing. This problem use to happen in his old Toshiba and after 5 days in his new Dell the siren is back and it is totally randomly. Anyone know any software that may cause this?

Answer:Strange Siren Noise

It could be something on the motherboard alerting you to some hardware failure, like a fan that's died, etc. Wouldn't hurt to open the case sometime and check to make sure all the fans are working, and then boot into the BIOS and check all the hardware monitors if that mobo supports that ability (getting to the monitor in the BIOS I mean). If not, load up something like SpeedFan in the OS (I'm assuming you're running some version of Windows here) and check the hardware functionality.

In my experience, those "sirens" are alerts from hardware monitors and indicate a hardware failure or imminent failure to look out for.

Hope this helps...

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Hello guys,

I've been experiencing this issue for a month or two now, but sometimes when I play games on my PC (Win 7 Home Premium 64bit) it just completely crashes down (not at start, but during the game after having it up and running for minutes and sometimes hours). I don't know what causes this, but it seems to only happen when I play games, the ones I play most frequently are Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: 2 and Elder Scrolls: IV. Running multiple other programs, such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Internet browser, music etc does NOT cause this issue.

Anyway, the crashes come unexpectedly and my screen(s) become completely black and they stop recieveing signal from the PC (as if they were on but the computer was off) and at the same time there's an erratic "eeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr"-ish sound playing (unchanging and not different from time to time) which means the computer is still on. I've so far been unable to solve this issue and the only way out from the lock is to reboot by holding in the power button or unplugging the power cord.

I'm not really a computer person, I'm grateful for advice and possible solutions, but please, make it as far from rocket-science as possible...

Issues I'm experiencing is on my uncustomized Acer Aspire M3400.

AMD Phenom II X6 1035T
NVIDIA GeForce GT 320
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thank you,


Answer:Win 7 crashes with strange noise

Update: I've installed the latest NVIDIA drivers for my graphic card AND Win 7 SP 1. My problems remain, however...

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My computer makes a noise when starting it up for the first time everyday and sometimes when opening firefox or something.It's a kind of ker ching noise.It's been doing it for a long time without any problems but I would like to know what's causing it as I don't think it's normal,any help much appreciated,thanks.


This it? (head stuck to platter)click here

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My problem is this. Upon attempting to reboot the computer a strange squeaking sound is heard and then all the drives light up and stay lit. There is no communication to the monitor it says please check signal no sync. I'm wondering if my trouble area is the video card or the motherboard. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:strange sqeaking noise

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Ok i just found out to day that when i have my earphone connect to the computer and listening to it with nothing playing or only a few application runing behide the taskbar like (winpatrol,wininupdater,My network connections, aol and dsl modem), strange__i keep hearing click every 16sec.My operating system is Winxp Home edition

Answer:Strange Clicking Noise

You're probably hearing the processor cycling at 2GHz (or whatever) only it sounds much much slower because of all the dope you smoke. 

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Hey,I use windows XP, geforce 6800gs, 1gb ddr2, AMD 4800 dual core, that should cover itWell when i start up my computer it makes a very high picthed noise constantly untill i turn it off. I was having over heating problems so i removed my gfx card checked the fans were working and added an extra fan, i then replaced my card and started my comp up and this noise just appeared out of no where. I checked all the connections and they all seem fine, any ideas?

Answer:Strange noise on power up

Roll up an A4 page into a tube. With the side off, start her up and locate the source.

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Hi all,There's a problem with my pc which I cant find the source of. Basically there's always random clicking noises, like when a webpage or link is clicked and it loads up, sometimes like when popups come up. I have no webpages etc loaded, and nothing is running onthe desktop. I did a spyware scan using spybot and also a virus scan with avg, it found 8 trojan horses, but they were all deleted. The noises are still there, they don't click constantly just randomly.Any idea?CheersWky

Answer:strange noise on desktop

Do you still hear the noise if your turn the sound/speakers off?

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I've been hearing this weird ringtone on my windows phone and have no idea what it's for or what triggers it. I can't find it in "sounds" either. It sounds like a series of rapid tones. Can't really describe it lol. Everytime it happens though, it makes the same sound, it doesn't change. Any ideas?

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Hi everyboy ! I got my x240 two weeks ago and as soon as i turned it on, I noticed a strange sound. The fan (I'm assuming it's a fan in the upper left corner of the computer is making a strange grindind sound, but only when folding the screen, pinching the computer in this place, even tying on the upper left part of the keyboard. It sounds like two mechanical elements rotating touching one another. What can I do about it ? Does someone have the same problem ? English is not my native tongue, so I apologie for my mistakes and for not being that clear.

Answer:x240 strange fan noise

Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
I?m sorry to hear that Fan in your Lenovo ThinkPad X240 is making strange noise.
Check if the system is overheating. Are you getting any error messages during system startup? Is the system shutting down abruptly?
Go to BIOS and press F9 to setup default settings. Update BIOS to the latest version and check. Make sure that Fan assembly and the system gets enough power supply, the air vents are not blocked and there is a proper air flow. Check if there is something blocking the free spinning of Fan.
Refer the hardware maintenance manual to understand how to disassemble and check the system.
Since your system is under warranty, calling Lenovo Technical support and taking assistance is what I would suggest.
Click here to open a link where you can select the country and get the exact contact support number. I?m sure they will be a great help.
Best Regards,

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I am a new member.
This is the only place that is letting me make a post.
I have a lenovo flex 14, and bought it in feb.
Today, it made a really strange  noise.
The noise sounded like a loud fridge but a bit more high pitched. Like a sort of road-drill loudness but higher pitched.
I could not get it to stop.
I had to unplug it and take out the battery.
It happened when i was watching a video.
It didn't sound healthy at all.
It's under warranty, but I am hoping I don't have to send it off to get fixed as I dont wanna be without it as I rely heavily on it.
I wonder if someone can help.
If this post is in the wrong place, please can someone move it and advise me.
Thank you.
Moderator note:  post moved to correct forum.  Subject edited to match content.  Was:  New member, not sure where to post problems - thanks

Answer:Flex 14: strange noise

Also, my fan keeps coming on all the time and when I look at performance on task manager, my processor has spikes of 100%.
Please could anyone tell me if this is normal behaviour for a lenovo flex 14?
thank you
Moderator Note; subject reverted to match op

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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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Since two days I have been having a strange problem with my 1 Month old Satellite A55S1064. The cooler was very quiet since I bought the laptop but 2 days ago it started to produce strange noise that i cannot really work on the laptop, it really destructs. The laptop gets hot, but i think it's not a critical temperature- my previous laptops also got hot sometimes.

An interesting fact is, that when I hit the pc a little bit the noise stops for a couple of minutes.

My suggestion is, that cooler gets stuck or smth similar. What can I do about that? i don't want to send my laptop to the support because it'll take a while to check the problem then.

Answer:Strange Noise on a Satellite A55 S1064


It?s a very bad idea to open the notebook by yourself because you will lose the warranty.
It?s a new notebook and you should not risk the warranty.
You can bring the notebook to your dealer or you will contact the Toshiba service partner in your country.
I would take a one of these possibilities.

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I have a friend who has a laptop (inspiron 710m) that's been making some loud/weird/concerning noises. It's about 3 years old and has only started doing this within the past month or so. It sounds like it's coming from the fan area, and it sounds like sort of a vibrating noise, or sounds like something is rapidly hitting something else. My first thought was that it's the fan, either off-balance or dirty, but what do you guys think? She said it stops doing it if the laptop is at an angle, which kinda supports that theory.

If it was the fan, would blowing it out with compressed air solve it? She said it hasn't been cleaned ever, so I figure it couldn't hurt. Any ideas?

Answer:Laptop loud/strange noise =(

If the fan blades are hitting something solid, blowing it out with compressed air will likely not do anything. If the noise alters at different angles, it may be the fan's bearings going out. Often you can find replacement fans on eBay, or search online for make/model.

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Hello, I have a z570 Ideapad. I've had it for a few short months, and I purchased it through Costco. The left speaker of the laptop (its left, my right) for a while was experiencing some static feedback as if it was damaged, even at low volumes, about two months after I got it. I switched to using headphones, and the sound through the headphones was (and still is) fine. About a week ago I noticed a strange noise coming from that corner of the laptop - a faint scratching, whirring, or static noise. It would happen at random, and I became concerned thinking it was an internal mechanism making a "broken" or "working too hard" noise, but I don't think there's much of anything in that corner besides the speaker, is there? Anyway, it now makes that faint noise almost constantly, little static bursts, all the time. The speaker function can be muted, I can have headphones in, and it just independently makes its little struggling noise. It's extremely annoying, really distracting when I'm trying to work, and I'm worried it's going to really wreck the speaker worse than it already is. Help?

Answer:z570 strange noise from speaker

Welcome to the community, as you are experiencing strange noise appears from the  speakers of the system. I would suggest you to please re-install the sound driver from the below mentioned web link and check whether the issue has been resolved.

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My laptop makes a crackling noise every one second. I have just bought a used one and I have the opportunity to turn it back and take another one. What is the problem and what should I do? Thank you.
Laptop noise:

Answer:Strange cracking noise from laptop

Hello Emma99,

That noise sounds familiar and if I am correct it is the sound of a failing HDD

Have a listen to the Western Digital laptop drive with bad heads making clicking sound here and see what you think, check out all of the sounds there

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This strange noise has been coming from my hard drive for a little while now is it ok?
Here Is a recording from it.


The first half is normally recorded and the second half is altered in audacity.

Answer:Strange noise from hard drive

I would replace it if it is used for work or a business. Definitely back up you data...Sounds pretty bad. It's a good idea to swap it now so you can clone the drive to a new one..

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I have just bought an OEM WD 5400 40gb hard drive to replace my dads old drive (That one does not work any more). I hooked up the new drive, turned the computer on and the new HD started making this "click-click ... click-click ... click-click ..." sound. It then goes silent for a few seconds and then starts to repeate the same clicking sounds, the system states that there is a "media" error? The bios won't recognise the drive at all.


am I doing anything wrong, or is this a faulty drive? It makes the same noise in two other computers.

Answer:Strange hard drive noise?

On the drive their are jumper settings. Check the schematic on top of the drive. If you have only 1 drive i think you completely remove the jumper on a wd. Thats most likely the error!

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I get this odd noise inside my case each time I turn my computer on. This has been happening for a several days now, and I am not sure what it is. It usually dies down after 10 minutes, but this time it went on for an hour.
It sounds like it is coming from the area of the video card, so I hope it is not the fan (but that is what it sounds to be). It just started making the noise again as I have been typing this.
It speeds up and slows down periodically, as if something is dying out. It is a rotor sound that changes speed and can become very choppy at times. It just now stopped making the noise again.


Answer:Solved: Strange noise in case

It sounds like the fan there is nothing else inside spinning at the same rate Open up the case and see what it is doing when the noise is made

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Recently Ive been hearing an electrical sounding crackling noise coming from my PC or my extension cord, not exactly sure which as they are right next to each other. Ive been looking online and found a few things but nothing that really helps.

Its not an audio crackling sound it sounds more electical, its not a buzzing sound either, but a crackling/ticking sound. I dont think its a fan because its not constant, it seems to occur randomly. I havent had any problems such as crashes, errors, bsods etc. I also cant smell burning or anything like that, so im a bit confused! All help will be apreciated!

Answer:Strange Crackling/Ticking Noise

You should identify from where the sound is coming
If sounds comes from your speakers, then it sometimes happens when someone switches off or switches on lights or fans in another room.

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Hello this is my first time here and i hope i am posting in the right section. I checked the search option but couldnt find the same problem as mine.
So lets start i spent last night(about 12h) rendering images on my pc(which is less than 2 years old)
so after it was done evrything functioned nicely and i didn't notice any problems when i turned it off.
After around 3-4h i turned the PC on again and it started making some strange noice like crawling or whirling or something not sure how to describe it correctly. So i opened the PC and while it was all running and making the noise i used a screwdriver to block all of the fans for like a sec just to see if it is them (i read that from some other forum suggestion).
So anyway when i stoped the PSU fan the sound stoped and when i released it did not start immidiately. The sound does not start as soon as i start the PC it takes some time for it. Also the fan seems to slow down when it happens. Now i left it on like 10mins with the fan making the noise and slowing down and after like 5-10min the noise stoped and the fan started turning fast again. It has been several hours on since than and it is working normaly, i read that the problem could be dust/a wire out of place/a insect flying in etc. My concern is what i should do, is it the PSU failing or just the fan or maybe something else?

Answer:Solved: PSU fan making strange noise

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I hear a strange double click noise on my laptop when I am not using my computer. Is this a virus and if it is what should I do?


Answer:Strange Double Click Noise

Hello hawg42

Your going to have to provide more specific information for anyone to help you. Where exactly does the noise seem to be coming from, your speakers, inside your computer, etc? Can you describe the noise better than double-click?

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Hi...on my acer travelmate 290Lci laptop, on startup sometimes when the computer starts to load win xp pro, the screen makes a strange buzzing noise! With ac power in, or just when running on battery, it does this.Moving the screen or something similiar makes it go away and it wont return until possibly the next cold boot.Anybody have any idea what could be up? Could it be something to do with the wireless aerial within the tft-screen is simply getting intereference from the cold boot?The noise is like a slight electrical 'hum'I've customed the laptop muchly and wouldn't be happy at sending it back for a replacement; it was only bought a week ago!However, if anybody knows what i'm talking about or has experience the same thing, please let me know!Thanks in advanceme

Answer:acer travelmate strange noise!

call the acer helpline, also if you only bought a week ago acer do 3 years accidental warranty for 99 but you must do this before 14 days co to the acer website for info on tech and products.

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I was also able to record it (but in sort of bad quality):

What is causing this, and what should I do about it?

Answer:My computer is making this strange noise...

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I have a backup pc with the following hardware:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @3,0 GHz
RAM: 4,5 GB DDR2 Dual Channel @856 MHz
Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro
GPU: Ati Radeon HD 4870 X2 @800MHz/1000MHz
HDD: 200GB @7200rpm
2 case fans, power leds, 2xDVDs ROM

Powered by a NILOX 600W PSU.

Since I changed my GPU (from a GeForce GTS 450 to an HD 4870 X2), I noticed that my PSU makes a strange noise (similar to an electrical "beep") when i use games or other applications which make the GPU work at high performance.

Today I launched GPU-Z's render test in fullscreen mode, and after 5 minutes, hearing the "beep" from the PSU, I also noticed that it was really hot and I noticed a light burning smell. Immediatly I turned off my pc.

What should I do now? Should I replace the PSU with a new and better one? I don't want to burn my pc
(the PSU has got only 22A at 12V)

Answer:strange noise and burning smell from PSU

That PSU is horrible.. no offense. I would have -never- trusted that GPU to such a weak PSU. I was barely able to find information about it online.

Change it asap.

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Hey guys just wanted to have something figured out, last night as I was reinstalling windows during the whole process my cd drive would start making clicking noises and then stop over and over again. Is this normal? this is the first time it has done this.

Would appreciate any advice, thanks.

Answer:Strange clicking noise in cd drive?

I really hate to say this, but in every instance I have ever had a cd-rom begin to "click" it has ended in a dead cd-rom. The only other reason it may have clicked is because it had trouble reading a dirty disk, but like I said, mine have always kicked the bucket when they've reached the clicking point.

Although, some cd-roms I've had, have continued to work for a few more weeks after the clicking started. In other words, you may want to look for another cd-rom if this continues.


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I operate my new Qosmio X70 without the battery but i hear a strange noise that stop or is reduced if i light up the keyboard....

Do you have any idea what it might be?

Answer:Qosmio X70-A-12W produces strange noise

I?ve never heard about something like this and I think you are the first one who reports about such issue.

Have you noticed it from the first day or later?
By the way: why do you use your Qosmio without battery?

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hi,recently my computer has been randomly beeping internally for about 2 seconds at a time...its not like a beep, i tihkn its the sort of internal arror noise when you dont have speakers...but its going rapidly for about 2 secodns at a time.sometimes it keeps going 5 or 6 times. others it does it ocne then stops again.i opened the case to see if i could see anytihng wrong and it all looks in correclty.the last thign i installed was stick for am which ive taken out it still does it.whenever its done it persistently i just turn it on its side and it usually stops, but then when i turn it back up to normal it starts again later on.any ideas?

Answer:Help with strange beeping noise...doing my head in

Sounds like the CPU fan bearings.

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I've an Ideapad 510-15IKB and sometimes (not always) after the COMPLETE shutdown (NO ibernation, NO standby) i listen a noise that comes from the area in the picture. When there is this noise, after a night, the battery loses 8-10% of charge. 
When it's off the AC adaptor is not connected.
If i turn on and immediately turn off the notebook the noise disappears. 
How could I know which component causes the dispersion?
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

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Hiya, i have a HP pavillion notebook (dv1355EA) for well over a year now but in this last month ive heard a mosquito type noise coming from my speakers. The noise comes on and off but is getting more frequent, i either have to wait for it to stop or mute my speakers to get it to stop. It sometimes comes on slightly before the fans start up and stops when they stop, but sometimes the fans work without the noise.

It plays over any music or DVD i play but have noticed that it doesnt make the noise if i use the Quickstart Dvd without loading up windows. Have also at times noticed the hard drive loading noise coming through the speakers aswell which can be stopped by switching my speakers off.

Have reloaded all the original drivers and restarted a number of times but its still there. Have even tried to hoover out the fans to remove any dust i could. I was thinking that maybe the sound card is damaged in some way of that its maybe overheating, but im all out of ideas as the noise is still there. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thankyou!!

Answer:Strange noise coming from laptop..

Sounds like perhaps the switching P/S is being coupled into the sound. If it just started happening, it could be lose screws/shielding in the laptop causing the issue. It could also be one of the fans dying, since DC brushless fans can generate such interference if they're failing.

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Hi FolksI hope someone can help me with this problem i have when the hard drive is starting the boot up the os the light stays on as if the system has locked up, at the same time a strange noise like a squeek when the drive tries to read. When it does get througth the boot up sequence and starts windows and any sign of disk activity then locks the computer up totally the only way to get out of the lock up is to press the reset button.As anyone got and suggestions to what is going off or has the hard drive just bit the dust.

Answer:Strange Noise From Hard Drive

Sounds like you're in need of a replacement drive, they're not supposed to squeak or squeal. Some make a sort of whirring noise but anything else is suspect.

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I have Windows XP Professional SP3 Version 2002

HDD Seagate with 7200 rpm, 8 MB Serial ATA
ATI Radeon PCI-Express, x550, 256 MB DDR(128 bit)
Pentium 4 CPU 3.00 Ghz, bus 800, s.775, 1 mb, 64 bits
Intel 915-P, s.775, FSB 800, Serial ATA, PCI-E, Dual DDR400, ATX, GA - 8i915pl-g.

The problem is like that : I get a super-scarry sound coming out from my hardware parts, not from my sound system. It's like the sound of the computer when you press multiple keyboard buttons, but this sound is louder and longer[5-6 secs] and appears when I play Tomb Raider. I played it before, but no problems. Recently i installed myself a 512 Ram, and there started the sounds, i guess... Should i ignore them ? Or not to play anymore ? My PC will break?

I probably should buy another fan, but i visited some profile-sites, and there are lots of fans. For CPU, for one, for another...I don't know what to buy, if i should buy one... :-??

Answer:Solved: Strange noise coming from nowhere...:-??

The sound is probably coming from the internal speaker of your computer. This is a way for your computer to "complain" about something, to report a problem.

Open your case and try locating the sound source. Internal speakers are usually mounted on the case and connected to the motherboard. If you can't locate a speaker, look for a small rubber-like cylinder object, this could be the speaker as well.

Now, if you are sure that the sound comes from the speaker, we must identify the error code (aka the sound). Check the manual of your motherboard, you can usually find details regarding BIOS error codes there...Or try the manufacturer's website.

Upgrading RAM can cause problems. However, in that case you wouldn't be able to start your computer at all or you would be getting other error messages as well (like the infamous Windows Blue Screens of Death)...

IMO, your computer complains about overheating since the sound starts when you run games. You may accidentally moved the CPU heatsink while installing the RAM stick, who knows? Next time you hear this sound quit the game, restart and enter the BIOS in order to check the CPU temperature.

You can enter the BIOS by pressing a certain key (usually the DEL key) while the computer boots up. You will see a message like "Press DEL to enter Setup" on the POST screen, the first screen that appears when you start your machine, where information about your CPU, RAM and drives is displayed.

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Hey guys, this is my first post here so if this is in the wrong place, then forgive me, I checked around and this seems like the best place for this kinda prob.

Ok the problem is that my fan on my graphics card (Radeon 9600XT) has started making a weird and very annoying buzzing/whirling sound.

It all started after I did my monthly clean up inside my system. Getting rid of all the grime and stuff and checking to see if everythings just all right.

Well i plugged everything back together and a strange whirling sound started coming from my system. It's hard to describe really, it's kinda intermitent. It comes on for 5/6 seconds then theres a pause, then it's on again for another 5/6 secs etc. It doesn't seem to be related to any sort of activity the computer is engaged in, ie it makes the same kinda noise when just sat there on desktop as it does when Im downloading stuff, browsing the net or playing games.

I took the back off my case to see what it might have been and found out it was my graphics card, because when i held my card the pitch of the buzzing would lower a bit, so I took the top of my fan off my g-card and cave it a good clean out because i thought maybe there was something stuck in the fan that was making the noise. The fan is now totally crap-free but it's still making the noise.


If anyone has any suggestions please help It' so very annoying and starting to give me headache. Oh and if I've left out ne information ... Read more

Answer:GPU Fan Making Strange Buzzing Noise

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I noticed twice a strange noise coming out of my Satellite L40
About one or two seconds there was a sound that sounded a bit like the noise that you hear when you use a analog dial up modem and are trying to connect.

It came out of the blue and I am using a wireless ADSL connection.
The sound of my notebook was off.

Does anyone noticed the same thing or do you know what it could be?

Answer:Strange noise coming out of my Satellite L40

I have the same strange noise. It happens sometime like you said - out of the blue. It sounds like dial-up modem but I also have a feeling it sounds like a hard disk with a problem - something clicking for a second or two (it's a brand new notebook that I bought about 40 days ago and I don't do any heavy work on it - some typing, Internet browsing and such things.

I would also want to know what is it. Especially if it can harm my data some day...

PS Why this strange message for registered users?
"Please note, your reply will need to be approved by a moderator before it is posted in the forum."

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Few months ago I posted my experience with realtek update download and DLL32 issue caused and resolved by Microsoft.
Since, I have had series of issues caused by a poor BT broadband connection.
Again, an upadte Itune + QuickTime failed due to an extremely slow connection.
Since, again, I have that strange noise appearing, and slow running laptop.
I have moved to TalkTalk and have good connection back.
I have done all updates, Ccleaner, AVIVA scan, Adaware spyware, Spybot, defragmentaion etc... Went to |filehippo website and downloaded again Itune and Quicktime. It seems that the laptop works better and the noisy sound reduced but still not perfet.
I would really appreciate any help. I am desperate to go back to my work. thanks

Answer:strange noise and slow runing

I have posted another treath with hijack result . No need longer for this thretah.

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Hello all,

When I start up GTA IV (purchased through Steam) on my PC, there is a high-pitched whining noise coming from my PC. I've tried to open up the side panel while this is occurring to try and narrow down where this noise may be coming from. I'm still not a 100% sure, but my best guess at the moment is my GPU. I've tried cranking down the Graphics but that doesn't change the noise at all. And the second I switch back to my desktop (even if the game is still running) the noise goes away.

I ran FurMark in bench marking mode to stress-test the GPU. The noise isn't quite the same during that test, but it is close. The only difference is, during that test, the pitch of the noise changes going up and down every few seconds. When I play GTA IV, the noise is present while the game is loading and for the first minute or so while playing. It appears to go away after that point and may return occasionally after that.

Does anyone have any idea what this noise is and how I can stop it? I've done some research online and a few people have mentioned coil-whining. Could this be the cause? I'd sure appreciate any help on this one.

EDIT: I should also mention, this is a problem that has arisen over the last 2 or 3 days. I don't recall hearing this noise when I first installed GTA IV and tried it out (probably 3-4 weeks ago).

Here are my system specs:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
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Answer:Strange noise coming from PC when I play GTX IV

What have you changed in the last few days? How old is your PSU?

I have that happen to me all the time when I load up certain games. Mine is the GPU's spinning up to handle the game. No biggie (to me that is) as it's not going to hurt your GPU as long as the fans kick on when a load is put on it. I also have a fan controller, so I can push extra air around my cards when I'm playing as well.

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