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My thinkpad HD is making an awful grinding sound!

Question: My thinkpad HD is making an awful grinding sound!

This is the first laptop I've owned, and of course it's a used one. Anyway today while using it, it just froze up on me, and then it would not respond to anything, even cntrl,alt,del. So I had to unplug the battery to get it to turn off. Then when I tried to turn it back on, the HD started to make a sound like if the needle in the HD was actually grinding into the disk. It sounded painfull!. Then it would attempt to post, and then gives me a "disk error". I am going to take a wild guess and say that my hard drive crashed in the truest sense? LOL ... Since my first inclination was to immediately try to find a replacement, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to how to go about selecting a suitable replacement. It is a IBM thinkpad 600 series. I was thinking maybe I should remove the old one and get a part number first? What would you do? Thanks for the input.:blackeye:

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Answer: My thinkpad HD is making an awful grinding sound!

Sounds like a head crash. This is when the head and the platters actually make contact. It can make a screaching or grinding sound. Only thing I can suggest about a replacement is to make sure it is the right size drive. Most of the time laptop HDDs are listed separately from the rest so it shouldn't be a problem finding one. If you wish to get an exact replacement then yes, you'd probably want the numbers off of it.

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Here's how the problem started..
My 17" crt display went kaput, and the monitor started emitting smoke. I closed the power immediately and that was it.
Forward 2 days later...
called in LG service and the guy fixed my monitor! bingo.
But now when I start my computer, it makes a REAL LOUD noise and everything vibrates wildly. the noise and the vibration 'stay' for 2-3 minutes before stopping.
Now I have searched a bit and come across several probable causes - and eliminated quite a few , like hard-disk, dvd-drive , wires touching fan..

What I really want to know is that could there be any relation between my monitor going dead an smoking, and the cpu vibration?

The system is functioning just fine right now and a soft reboot does not cause any sound or vibration. Also the problem does not happen everytime..

Specs -
17 inch crt LG
amd x2 4000
asus m2a-mx
1gb ram
no pci cards , pci-e cards..

Answer:Cpu making grinding sound and vibrating

Hmm, the only moving parts on a computer are the fans and the hard disk itself. This might sound crazy but have tried to to remove the side panels and listen/see what is vibrating?

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hi,my familys pc is making this "griniding" sound, could it be a fan?

Answer:pc making "grinding" sound

Yes or something hitting. Best way to find out is to take the cover off and look and listen. (If there aren't any warranty issues).

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Hello all,I had this thinkpad t60 for 10 months now, lately I noticed there's an noise coming from the fans located on the left side of the laptop when the systems heat up at 92 F.  The noise last about a few seconds during the warming up stage, then its quite like normal, it's repeats a few times during the laptop is ON.I don't know if anyone has the same problem, I'm thinking of something might get stuck blocking the fans or the oil is dried out.Any help would be appreciate.Thanks. 


Answer:Thinkpad T60 fans making sound

We've had a number of T60s have their fans fail.  I think Lenovo got a bad batch.  I'd keep an eye on yours.

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Well, in the winter I got myself a new PC. A month later I picked up an Nividia Galaxy Geforce 210 for the system so I could do some gaming.

The card is not even a month older than the PC itself, which isn't even a year oldm and I'm getting this extremely irritating rattle from the fan. I've taken a look and have confirmed that it is indeed that exact fan. It's not creating any more vibration, which is at least good.

And I have blown compressed air into it to try and clean it out. Still the noise persists.

It's there anything I can do to get this to stop, as it gets even louder than my PC speakers. Shutting down a moment and restarting seemed to fix it yesterday, but now no such luck, and I don't want to shell out more cash for a GPU this soon or worse use the integrated GPU.

Answer:My GPU fan is making this, awful noise

It's less than a year old so it should still be under warranty. I would initiate the RMA (return merchandise authorization) process and return it to Galaxy for repair or replacement. You will have to pay for shipping to Galaxy but that's better than buying a whole new card.

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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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Lately My Computer's Been Making These
Awful Noises Like A lawnmower!
I Have A Video Which Shows This Here!
Do You Have Any Idea Of This !?
Hard Drive You Think !? When You Get A Chance,
Get Back To Me Here And,
Let Me Know As Soon As You Can, Ok !?


April 30th,2012

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HI, i just recently got a COMPAQ Presario CQ56 Laptop this past christmas brand new, i use this laptop quite frequently on my lap when laying in bed. one night i was watching youtube videos, when all of a sudden i heard this god awful grinding noise coming from under my laptop right by the fan. i stuck my ear right next to the fan and thats where the sound seemed to be coming from. if i turn it off and let it set over night, and then turn it on in the morning, there's no noise. but only when i use this laptop for like 1-2 hours does the noise come back. somebody please help me cause this noise sounds bad, and i just got this laptop not even 3 months ago. thank you!

Answer:Somebody please help! laptop making grinding noise!!

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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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Hi guys (and gals). I posted here a while back and tried to get help with my computer, which kept freezing. The guys who helped me tried every single thing they could think of to try and fix my problem, but to no avail. The only thing the problem could be was a hardware problem, and paying for a new motherboard for a four year old system would have been a waste of money. Nevertheless, I appreciated the help and kindness the forums gave while I troubleshooted my computer. That's why I'm coming here again asking for help. Hopefully this time there will be a happy ending.

In June, with my own saved money, I purchased a new computer. The specs are here:

-ASUS A8V-E Deluxe Socket 939 VIA K8T890 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
-CHAINTECH SE6600G Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
-AMD Athlon 64 3500+ ClawHammer 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3500ASBOX - Retail
-CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model VS1GB400C3 - Retail
-Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JD 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
-Windows XP with Service Pack 2

I put everything together and initially it all worked, however recently the fan which is attached to the heatsink has begun making a very distinct grinding noise upon booting my computer. Waiting until Windows boots seems to sometimes fix the problem, and taking off the case to press against the heatsink seemed to stop it for a small period, however as of two... Read more

Answer:Heatsink fan making grinding noise, help!

Is this post in another thread of any use to you? It may be that the fan is not working correctly in terms of cooling the part (CPU or chipset - not sure which?) and the part is overheating causing the problems. Perhaps you need to reseat or replace the fan and/or heatsink?

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I posted a message here a couple of weeks ago that the fan was making a loud noise when the system boots. Now it is making the same noise at other times, but not quite as loud. It seems to be getting worse. Someone suggested it is a fan bearing. I would rather not make a warranty claim for this if it is simple to fix.   Would this be a simple fix for someone not experience working with hardware? Do I risk my working on the machine myself.  

______________________________________________________________Machine Type: M90z AIO ; Product: 3091CTO (Custom), CPU: i5-650, Video Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, Memory: 4.00 GB,Network Card: Intel(R) WiFi Link 1000 BGN, OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Answer:M90z: Fan making grinding noise

Hello mate, It's quite easy to do. Have a look in the hmm there : Just be aware that changing this part by yourself might void the warranty.

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Hi all :wave

I've finally run into a problem I can't figure out a solution to:

I purchased a BFG Tech GeForce 6200, along with a 512MB stick of RAM for this computer a little over a year and a half ago, installed both myself, and have never run into any problems until now.

The fan on the graphics card began making a chattering sound about a month ago - this sound isn't constant, and only seems to happen whenever the fan sounds like it's changing speeds, so I, like an idiot, decided to ignore it.

The GPU temperature has never varied since the noise began (I use Everest for monitoring), so I thought I could leave finding a solution until my final exams were done. That was, evidently, a bad idea

When I went to play a game a couple of hours ago, the fan made a horrible screeching sound, then returned to its normal hum. I immediately shut down the game, and checked the GPU temperature - it still was at 48C, which is what it has always gone up to in the summer when playing games. It quickly returned, like always, to 39C.

What I'm wondering is should I print off what I need for studying and avoid using the computer until after my exams are done? I'd rather fix it now, but as I'm not a computer expert, and because of a considerable lack of time, I can't really do anything about it right now.

If worse came to worse, is there somewhere I could take the card to have it repaired? I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and know th... Read more

Answer:Graphics card fan making an awful noise

It could just be that dust has clogged up the inlet and is choking the fan a bit and making it strain. I would turn off and unplug your PC Power Cord, remove the side cover and gently vacuum around the fun and see if you can get any crud out. Did you place it in there yourself? Because it would be better to remove it from the PC and then give it a good vacuum while holding the fan with your finger to stop it spinning (over spinning can damage the bearings in the fan).

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not that long ago, my graphics card stated to make grinding sounds on startup... this sound did go away by the time the computer had fully started up, but i was just wondering if this was harming my graphics card in any way.

I found it was comming from the fan, as while it was making the sound, i could just touch the fan, and slow it down, and the noise would go away for a while.

any ideas that dont result in u telling me to get another brand, or new graphics?

ive got a sparkle 6600GT 128MB


Answer:Graphics Card making grinding sounds

One option is to get an aftermarket cooler for your vid card. Unfortunately, this voids any warranty you might have.

Something like this would do:

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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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Hi all,

I just recently built a new PC (back in December) and today it made a weird loud grinding/spinning noise. I immediately powered it down, and now it is running OK. There was no burning smell or anything like that. I'm concerned though. It has never done this before, and I'm not sure what component caused it. It kind of sounded like the DVD rom drive, but there was nothing in the drive. The DVD drive does make weird noises when a disc is put in or when it's reading, but I don't know why it would have this time before no disc was inserted. The case (coolmaster centurion) does have two fans built in, one in the front and one in the back. But they are usually quiet.

Specs are:

Mobo: MSI P67A-G43 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155

CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

RAM: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600

Video card: Radeon HD 6950 2GB

HD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA3

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W

Please help.

EDIT: Actually, IIRC I have heard this sound before under a previous configuration. Could it be one of the case fans? I'm surprised because of how loud it was.

Answer:Computer making fast grinding noise

Check Event Viewer for any errors.

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My heat sink makes a grinding noise in the morning? After I hit the side of the case it quiets down and returns to it's normal sound? (Low blowing, but still keeping my CPU temp low).

Also, at random times it makes a whirling noise then goes?

I have opened my case in the past, and cleaned out the heat sink with a brush and it still doesn't make a real difference.

This is odd?

My CPU/ZIF is a E6600 Intel @ 2.4Ghz processor.

Secondly, the heatsink is a 775 intel default.

Answer:Heat sink making a Grinding noise?

I would change it before it goes out

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A hard drive on one of our office computers in making unpleasant sounds--kinda sounds like a car in desperate need of a tuneup

To what culprit, generally, would a loud hard drive be attributable? Does it mean it might be overheating? Or getting ready to die? Haven't had any failures on it thus far. It's behaving fine, just loud--sorta sounds like it's hitting small rocks or something as it spins. What can/should I do to diagnose?

Thanks for everyone's help!

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So recently my laptop seems to be making a low grinding noise, more like the old grinding noise computers use to make when they we loading back in the day, but the thing is it only happens when I scroll up or down on any program, be it chrome, word you name it. It isn't always consistent, sometimes it will be constant as I scroll, or only in short bursts and strange enough, for one instance I was over at ESPN and wasn't even moving the page, but there was a element that kept swiping from one article headline to another and my laptop with grind for the 1 second it took to slide headlines.

There hasn't been any performance issues or negative effects as far as I can tell, but I thought I'd ask around as see if it's perhaps a perquisite to an upcoming one. Anyone experience anything similar?

Answer:Laptop making low grinding noise while scrolling

Sounds like coil whine does it happen if you bring up nothing but a black screen on the browser and move your mouse around over it quickly? How old is the laptop?

EDIT: sorry if its grinding might be hard drive not power related at all. Though you have an SSD correct?

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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?

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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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My HP Envy 13 is three days old and is already making strange noises that are not coming from the fan.  Its a grinding/whirring/clicking noise that goes krrrkrrrkrrrkrrr 10 times then stops then starts again 4 seconds later and repeats.  THis can't be normal and its making me crazy.  Should I just return it or is there something I can do that doesnt involve taking it apart?

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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?


Answer:Hard drive clicking, making grinding noises

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I looked for the "accept" button on the solution to my question.  It's not there.  It looks to me like part of the lower screen is missing.  The top part of the "kudos" button is just barely visible.

Answer:HP Officejet Pro 8600 making a grinding-clicking noise befor...

Hello wwob,


Were you able to get the issue resolved? If not, I recommend clicking on the link below and follow the troubleshooting steps to try and resolve the issue:


Let me know if you have any questions.


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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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I put all the machines in the in the topic because they are all have similar platforms. The fan on my M90z makes an intermittent grinding noise for 10-20 mintues  most often when my machine is booted or comes out of hibernation.  It sounds like it is not connected correctly.  It is actually pretty quiet when it does not make the noise. I really don't want to take send it back for a warrantly repair. Is there a risk of a complete failure in the future?  If there is a will send it back.   When the warranty ends, I could open it up myself. Does anyone else have this problem on their M90z , M71z, M70z, A71z, or A70z?

______________________________________________________________Machine Type: M90z AIO ; Product: 3091CTO (Custom), CPU: i5-650, Video Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, Memory: 4.00 GB,Network Card: Intel(R) WiFi Link 1000 BGN, OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Answer:M90z: Fan making a grinding noise (also M71z , M70z , A71z , A70z )

I would suggest you to update the BIOS and then check if the issue gets resolved.
If it continues then I suggest you to take service from Lenovo as system is in warranty period.
Best Regards,

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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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HelloThis is my first post here and I feel completely lost because I couldn't find any information on this topic anywhere.I bought a new Thinkpad E560 and unfortunately it has the most annoying audio driver I have ever seen. Conexant SmartAudio seems to be the only driver available for this laptop but I would pay to use whichever other one.The Conexant driver has some internal setting to pop up a window (on the pic) every time I (dis)connect something in the audio jack (this window is always on top of any other window on the laptop screen so it really can't be ignored). I have not found an option to turn this pop-up off. In addition, this is not a traditional windows window- I must choose one option from the "audio devices" list and then press the microscopic "X" to close it. Sometimes when I try to do it fast, the window freezes and I have to shut down the program from task manager. What is this? It seems like a very lazily executed program and not an official driver for a working laptop but unfortunately Lenovo has chosen this for whatever reason. How can I start using another driver when no others are officially meant for the E560?Thanks in advance!Karl

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HelloThis is my first post here and I feel completely lost because I couldn't find any information on this topic anywhere.I bought a new Thinkpad E560 and unfortunately it has the most annoying audio driver I have ever seen. Conexant SmartAudio seems to be the only driver available for this laptop but I would pay to use whichever other one.The Conexant driver has some internal setting to pop up a window (on the pic) every time I (dis)connect something in the audio jack (this window is always on top of any other window on the laptop screen so it really can't be ignored). I have not found an option to turn this pop-up off. In addition, this is not a traditional windows window- I must choose one option from the "audio devices" list and then press the microscopic "X" to close it. Sometimes when I try to do it fast, the window freezes and I have to shut down the program from task manager. What is this? It seems like a very lazily executed program and not an official driver for a working laptop but unfortunately Lenovo has chosen this for whatever reason. How can I start using another driver when no others are officially meant for the E560?Thanks in advance!Karl

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Should my laptop be able to handle live streaming of audio processing?  I think so.  The CPU is Intel i3 2.13 GHZ and has 4 GB of RAM.  I am running Windows 7 64 bit.  It just doesn't seem to be able to handle seemingly minor audio processing.  I have a great audio interface (TASCAM US1641) and am using Sonar 6.  I can't get through a single take without the audio dropping out.  I have tried everything.  I have optimized the system: the processor state, power options, visual appearance, everything!!!  My computer is running at its full potential but I experience terrible audio processing.  I had a less powerful laptop at one point and it was soooo much more capable.  Any help?  I am fed up with this Lenovo machine, I am close to throwing it out the window. Did I get the wrong PC?  Thinkpad Edge.

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HelloThis is my first post here and I feel completely lost because I couldn't find any information on this topic anywhere.I bought a new Thinkpad E560 and unfortunately it has the most annoying audio driver I have ever seen. Conexant SmartAudio seems to be the only driver available for this laptop but I would pay to use whichever other one.The Conexant driver has some internal setting to pop up a window (on the pic) every time I (dis)connect something in the audio jack (this window is always on top of any other window on the laptop screen so it really can't be ignored). I have not found an option to turn this pop-up off. In addition, this is not a traditional windows window- I must choose one option from the "audio devices" list and then press the microscopic "X" to close it. Sometimes when I try to do it fast, the window freezes and I have to shut down the program from task manager. What is this? It seems like a very lazily executed program and not an official driver for a working laptop but unfortunately Lenovo has chosen this for whatever reason. How can I start using another driver when no others are officially meant for the E560?Thanks in advance!Karl

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Answer:ThinkPad E560 has an awful audio driver. How can I get another one?

Hi erkmetall, I have the same laptop and had the same issue. I quite like the sound the laptop produces both via speakers and in my headphones but the software is executed so poorly. Whenever a headphone was plugged in to the jack, this annoying window popped up. What's worse is that if you don't select "Headphone" and just click the "X" button the whole thing just freezes. And just because that's not enough it also is opened as "Always on top" by default so killing the process via Task Manager becomes a fun activity on itself. Trying to find a solution the workaround I've applied is to guess the process responsible for this (it turned out to be SmartAudio.exe) and then try to kill it and see if this helps to avoid these popups in future. And that actually helps but only until the next reboot. Looking for a permanent solution I tried renaming SmartAudio.exe so that it can never be executed. But then it resulted in notifications on each reboot about SmartAudio.exe missing and then asking me to reinstall the drivers. The drivers themselves were working fine but the popup on reboot was annoying. I investigated further and found that actually another process called SACpl.exe launches SmartAudio.exe. Renaming SACpl.exe caused it to never execute and the issue right now is gone. TL;DR The workaround is to rename SACpl.exe (by default it's here: C:\Program Files\CONEXANT\SAII\SACpl.exe) to something like SACpl.exe.bak or remove it from autorun... Read more

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I have got fan error once around 1 month back and after trying to restart for 5 to 6 time it booted up fine. The noise started to come up intermittently if I use the laptop for long time. I got the thinkpad cleaned up as mine is 5 years old and I have used it very rough and long times. Its a beautiful laptop without any problem I should say. I got the thinkpad cleaned up on this weekend from a local technician, and I was scared to see the dust inside the laptop when he had opened it up.  But he has cleaned it nicely and no noise at his place and when I got home it started again. This time its continous noise no matter if I use it long time or not, but before it used to come after using for some time. But now its starting immedialy when we switch it on no matter if its on battery or power. Can anyone suggest me what part I have to replace and if I can do it myself, as I have searched onine and could see 2 different parts for it one is the black fan and the other is the total copper heatsink unit. SO is it like the black fan is inside the heatsink which is making the noise or I should change the whole heat sink. Please suggest me some ideas. I dont have warranty. Thanks,

Answer:Thinkpad - T61 grinding noise from the top left corner

Sounds like you need a new fan. You can replace just the fan itself, or the heatsink/fan assembly. Replacing either will require reapplying thermal paste to the heatsink.  It's not a difficult procedure to do, but neither is cleaning out the dust, so if you needed a tech to do the cleaning for you, then you should probably return to him/her for the fan replacement. You can buy the fan motor very cheap, but they are installed in the heatsink with foil tape, so it's a delicate job to peel back the tape so you can remove the fan and some adhesive and/or sealer may be needed to reseal the tape after the new fan is installed. If you want to replace the whole assembly, then you'll need to make sure you get the correct one for your laptop size and graphic options, there are several different units for the T61 series.  

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Hi all,I have an r61 laptop, type 8933-A38.I got the fan and cooling sink changed in september last  year, after i got a 'fan error'.Since last week the fan makes a grinding noise. However, when I move the laptop around while it's running, the fan noise tends to slow down a bit, and then increase again. I feel there might be something wrong with the rotation of the fan, or maybe lubrication.I sometimes also play GTR2 on my laptop, and just after stopping the game, I checked the CPU temperature to be 82 C. I don't know if it is normal because the cpu was under heavy load during the game. In normal loads, the temperature slowly goes back to 45-47 degrees, but the noise persists. Sometimes the fan becomes silent, but mostly its noisy. Any suggestions? I'm hoping the fan is not gone completely, because it just got replaced last year, it should atleast last another year.

Answer:thinkpad r61 fan grinding noise cpu running from 45-80 degrees

the fan's spindle is probably running out of lubrication or there are foreign particles in the mechanical parts of the fan. You can try to take apart the fan motor, clean it and then reapply some WD-40 and then followed by high quality sewing machine oils.

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Hi I recently bought a ThinkPad P51 on the Lenovo online store in the UK, the shipping of this of the order experienced a few days delay going from the advertised 7 business days to 11 business days this due to a shortage on memory, luckily I didn't have to wait a long time for the order to be shipped as I could see it happened to some customers who bought the new P series back in May. However the factory from where these laptops are assembled LCFC (HEIFEI) ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY in China always seems to missed the latest collection time for the courier that Lenovo uses UPS, this is the second order where I have had the same problem, this factory tendered the shipment to UPS after the latest collection time causing a further one day delay to an already delayed shipment.  I don't understand why on such high end machines and considering the prices that customers are willing to pay why Lenovo doesn't offer a premium delivery service so customers can receive the shipment quicker, also I noticed now that the advertised shipping time for some models on the new P series is now showing on the Lenovo online store in the UK from 3-4 weeks probably because of some sort of shortage in parts I believe. Anyway, I just wanted to share with those thinking to buy any model of the P51 or P71 the current shipping situation and delays you may encounter.    

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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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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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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...!!

Answer:Grinding Sound From CPU

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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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Hi I have a question about sound.

Over the past few months I've noticed the quality of the sound from my PC has been getting gradually worse. The bass response is getting trippier and the sound is rather fuzzy, with a lot of hissing qualities. Also, I have to constantly adjust the balance to get it to sound good.

My speakers are the Cambridge Soundworks FPS2000 Digital speakers (the old kind, not the new ones). I've had them since 1999, so could it be possible that they're getting old and falling apart somehow?

Also, would there be a way to test to see if it's a problem with my sound card itself? (which is an Audigy Gamer by the way)


Answer:Awful sound distortion

try your speakers on another computer, that should tell you if its bad speakers or a bad soundcard

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Logged on this morning to see what's new in the Forums and nearly jumped out of my skin when there was this "crashing" sound, not just once but intermittently whilst on the page! O.K. maybe I had my sound set a little high, but if the noise is part of some advert it's very distracting. Is it you??Clock

Answer:Awful sound on this Web page!!

No noises here ... check you don't have a problem elsewhere.

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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'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

Answer:New laptop grinding sound

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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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Hi, first visit to this forum, hopefully someone can help.

Well, I've had this ASUS K54C laptop for just a couple of weeks. I can easily take it back to PC World and they'd probably replace it with another one, but they'd first take it away which would probably leave me without a laptop for a couple of weeks, so ideally I'd like to avoid that if this is a simple fix such as an incorrect driver for this model.

Basically (and, in fact, ever since I bought it) the sound is terrible. Makes no difference whether using the laptop's own inbuilt speakers or my nice Sennheiser headphones, as soon as you approach about 40% it becomes fuzzy and any louder and it's barely audible.

According to DxDiag, the speakers are using a driver called RTKVHD64.sys, Version, and says that there are no problems.

I haven't added any hardware or drivers since buying the PC from PC World here in the UK. As I said, the only reason why I am not marching over there right now is that I don't want to be without a PC for 2 weeks and, as this is such a new model, they are not simply going to replace the PC with a new one. Which in itself would also be a bit of hassle, now I've copied across all my old files from my old (and now dead) laptop.

Any immediate thoughts? Thanks!

Answer:RealTek sound is awful on my new laptop

I think I have the same laptop (mine says A54C on the front sticker then K54C on the back). I had problems with the built in mic the sound was terrible no one could hear me on skype. Now I have other audio problems that I'm working on.

Anyways, try reinstalling the audio driver you can download it from here

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I've had the XPS 13 for about a week and finally got around to trying it with a new Soundbot bluetooth headset.  I've used the headset on my iphone to great success, and the sound quality is great (for a 15 dollar pair of headphones!).
When I pair it with the XPS 13, the sound quality is awful.  Muffled and just plain bad. 
When I connect the XPS 13 to the speakers I've used on my desktop computer for years (via the headphone jack), the sound is fine.
Is there any way to  improve the sound quality through bluetooth, or am I just stuck?  I didn't notice this issue come up when reading reviews.

Answer:XPS 13 (2015) - Bluetooth sound quality is awful

I can also verify that the sound is terrible and I have a sennheiser momentum wireless!
Dell if you would like to play with the big boys when it comes to design. You actually need to start doing computers that WORKS! Yes I have the latest drivers etc!

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I just received this computer in the last couple of weeks.  The bass and lower end frequencies sound really really bad on this system.  I thought it was a problem with the internal speakers but I just tried a set of tried and true external speakers and they sound exactly the same.  Mid and upper range frequencies are nice and clear but anything low sound muffled and clipped.  I've played with all the various settings and tried different EQ settings - nothing.  Anyone else have this issue and know a fix?

Answer:Dell Inspiron One All-in-one computer sound is awful

That is unusual. The sound out of the audio jacks should not be affected by any internal processing unless you specifically enable it.  Here are a couple of things to try. 
1) Disable all of the THX sound features. You have to disable them all one by one.  See if that changes the sound output
2) Disable all Realtek sound effects in their control panel (EQ, reverbs). See if that changes anything.
3) Finally, disable al audio enhancements in the Windows audio control panels. This can be done by right clicking on the Windows speaker in systray, select Playback devices, double click on the Speakers or Line Out/Headphone Out bar in the list, select the Enhancements tab, and click on the "Disable all enhancements." NOTE: this is very literal. It will disable all of the audio effects on that output device including the two items listed above. It basically forces the driver to stop doing any extra stuff it was doing before.
If you do resort to step 3, you will need to be careful with playing back audio on the internal speakers. Sometimes there are Equalization and filter settings to help protect the speakers inside the system.

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Hey there.

I get an awful screeling sound from my speakers which only seems to happen when i open up a game.

Both my graphics card and sound card are updated. (Spec Below)

There was an option in 1 game for Vertical syncing which seem to make it quieter but it was still slightly there, but that option isnt in all games.
And if the game is still running and you press Alt + Tab to get to windows then the noise drops out completely until you Alt + Tab back to it which it then starts back again.

Im not sure which bit it causing it to happen, but im thinking its more my graphics card maby?

Thanks in advance, Phil.

Asrock Fatal1ty Intel P67 Skt 1155 Mother Board
Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz
16GB Mushkin Redline Ridgeback DDR3 2133MHz
MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti 1024MB
RME HDSP 9632 Sound Card
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So, after a couple of days of using my brand-new acer aspire e15 (nvidia 840m, intel i3) I started noticing a little "rumble" sound every once a while, a little click that can be heard approximately once every two minutes or sometimes even more often (expecially when putting more acrtion into CPU). No luck getting any help online, it doesn't seem to be a hard-drive failure sound or anything that serious, sound more like the fan hits something while starting up, at least from what I could gather without opening it up. Should I just contact the warranty service right a way or maybe it's supposed to be like this? Any help appreciated.

Answer:Brand new AspireE15 makes a little grinding sound ...

There is no moving parts in the lower left corner.This is a hard one to diagnose without actually having it in your hands.Did you check if you left a CD in the drive? If I heard a rumble and clicking in mine, I would think HDD.I know a few days use isn't enough to get a lot of dust in it, but maybe something got into the cooling in packing, etc. Try blowing out the intake and exaust ports all the way through and see if anything comes out.

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I have a problem with a M58P desktop. now and then I hear a grinding rubber sound from the computer. The computer is working fine and I have also run the diagnostics and no problem/error was reported.Any ideas what couses the sound ?


Go to Solution.

Answer:M58P - Grinding rubber sound from the computer

what is a grinding rubber sound? Usually grinding sound would occur of fan/mechanical bearing wearing out, or that the fan vane is touching something when spinning, or that the drive is unbalanced.

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My comp is making a really loud fan spinning grinding noise. I used speedfan program to try to lower the fan speed, I notice the fan slowing down because the fan sound is changing. Except the lond grinding noise is still present, SO IT MAY NOT BE THE FAN but what else can cause a loud grinding noise? Is it the fan or something else? BTW I cant really tell where the sound is coming from, specifically.

Answer:Loud grinding/fan sound, not sure whats causing it

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So I'm having this problem for a while now. I keep "fixing" it and it keeps coming back after some time. I would be really grateful if you could point me to the problem's origin.

What's up?

I'm on my PC, minding my own business, when suddenly I hear a quick grinding sound (lasting ~1 second). I can guess it's coming out from my hard drive. After that, around 5 seconds past and the system freezes. I kept it like that for 20mins and nothing happened. It does not respond to anything. Then I proceed to restart the PC. Everything looks fine. But after some random amount of time (some time 5mis, some time 1 hour) the same thing happens: same grind noise followed by a freeze.

What I noticed:

Most of the time, explorer.exe freezez first, causing windows, taskbar and other related stuff to now work. Often other applications (web browser, video/music player, game) keep working for a few more seconds, ot at least keep playing audio.

What I did:
Checked the system for any virses/malware (Avast!, MSI, Mawarbites), cleaned and defragg (Ccleaner/Defragger). Computer is clean: no viruses what so ever. Ccleaner did nothing to solve the problem. Trough when I did a defragg of the OS disk (C), the "grind-freeze" stopped for about 2 weeks.

What I did next:
I found out that if I wipe the system and do a clean reinstall of Win7 Ultimate, the "grind-freeze" stops for several months. Yeah that's right. About 3-4 months.

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Answer:Quick grinding sound coming out of HDD followed by a freeze

Before you do anything else, make sure you have at least one full backup of your HDD (hard drive). If you don't have another HDD to copy your data to, you will need to get an external HDD to use.

You can easily rule out the HDD being the problem by cloning your present HDD to a new HDD, then replacing the old one with the new one. Macrium Reflect Free is an easy to use program that can clone and image HDDs. Copying a HDD to another one is best done by cloning.

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Hi, I just purchased Lenovo L440 last week . I hear some grinding sound under the surface near mousepad when i place my ear closer to the mousepad. Its been just a week and I am worried about this issue but do not know if this is an issue or normal behaviour as i do not hear this sound if i am not hearing from closer to the surfac

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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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The sound quality on this laptop has been very bad for quite some time.

I have tried downloading all of the newest updates and drivers from the Toshiba wesite to no avail, including the most recent conexant driver, which appears to be from 2007. . . . I use XP/SP3. For a system that is supposed to have good sound quality, with the harmon kardon speakers, it is frustrating as it is unlistenable. The sounds cracks, pops, is intermittent, has static, and just is generally quite poor.

There is not a problem with the volume, just the awful sound quality Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Answer:Satellite P105-S6024 and awful sound quality


I see you are using the Windows XP which was not preinstalled by Toshiba.
I think this notebook came with the Windows Vista OS.

Did you notice the same sound quality using the Windows Vista OS?
I think you should check this.

If the sound woudl be better using the Vista then it could be a sound driver issue.
I found another Conexant sound driver for Win XP. I use this one:

Check this too!

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I connected my Helix to my brand new Samsung TV via the mini-display adapter with an HDMI converter and while the picture is decent the sound is AWFUL. It sounds like it's coming out of a 2 dollar speaker and since it's a $900 tv I don't think that's the problem. The TV doesn't sound like that with any other computer connected or on it's own via cable etc so I am thinking it must be the Helix. Has anyone else had this probelm with audio output? Maybe I've got something set wrong? I was using VLC and an mp4 video which sounds fine by itself so I don't tihnk it's the video's audio either. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

Answer:Helix Mini DisplayPort to HDMI sound is awful

Welcome to the forum.
Thanks for the well written summary of your situation.   I would start by checking the sound coming out of the helix via headphone jack or its built in speakers.  How does it sound?  If there is a problem with sound volume and quality via these other output types, then I would uninstall the audio drivers, and install the latest versions from our support site.
If you have updated to Windows 8.1, perhaps an alternate audio driver was installed then, or via a subsequent update.
If the audio is fine via headphones and built in speakers, then let's look at the HDMI.  If you use the same cable with another laptop is it ok?  If not, perhaps the cable - bad ground, etc?
Let us know

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When I bought this notebook the only thing I told the salesperson I cared about was the sound (for music), facebook, and e-mail. I believed the salesperson when he said B&O speakers were the best. They sound tinny-hollow-awful.  My husbands tiny Dell-work computer- sound so much better I use it. Before my 90 days- no questions ask- Costco return policy is up   IS THERE anything I might try. Please HELP!   Meg Whitman, as CEO, stood out on this election 2016.  I bought a HP because she didn't fold to Donald Trump. I would really hope to keep this as I have informantion on it that I'll have to ask someone to help me to wipe it (2016 taxes). Sara J. [email protected]  (my yahoo e-mail got hacked)   

Answer:HP Pavillon Notebook 15-au123cl Boo speakers sound awful

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Hi all,
I finally got my Sony DCR-SR47Handycam working.  well, partially anyway.  I've figured out how to film with it, how to transfer content from it, and so on.  However, there is a major, major problem with the audio.  Whenever I play one of the videos from it using any media player on my computer, I just get the visuals plus this awful, horrible, broken tape recorder-like sound that is supposed to be my airconditioner in the background, though it happens even when there is less noise in the background; camcorders are supposed to render the background noise as what it is, not as whatever this is.  I just did a test with it, and you can't even hear me talking; all you get is this awful noise.  Is there a way I can fix the auto gain on the camcorder?  I'll attach one of the MPGs (I just listened to one of the files from about four years ago when we filmed some takes from my high school graduation, and even they have this awful sound on here as well; though from the camera itself, I do not think this issue occurs.) if requested, though I warn you not to play it with headphones in your ears; that's how ear-splitting the sound is.  Any help on this would be very much appreciated as I want to begin to use this camcorder as my primary filming device for my YouTube videos and such. 

Answer:awful, disorienting sound when filming with a DCR-SR47 Handycam

Just a suggestion, in reading up on your Camcorder it saye that it has a special microphone system, supposedly more sensitive.
If you go to page #64 in the PDF instructions for your camera in this link, at the bottom of the page it tells how to change the microphone settings, have you tried this?
I do not know if it will help, but it might be worth a try.
PS. I just noticed that that audio adjustment is only available on SR67 & SR87 models according to the PDF manual,so you may not be able to adjust your SR47.

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Hey. I need help fixing my external passport hard drive.My hard drive was functioning normally until it was jerked off the table and knocked against something when the laptop was suddenly moved. I noticed a dent on the outside case. Afterwards, the hard drive icon wouldn't appear in My Computer and I get a "device not recognised" message. I have tried plugging it into a desktop computer with no success. I am fairly sure it is a hard ware, not software problem.Upon plug in, the hard drive spins with a sort of grinding/clicking sound whenever I press my ear against it, then stops and falls silent. The light still stays on. I'm guessing that the heads have become jarred. Is their anyway that I can fix it? I don't have warranty on it.

Answer:External Hard Drive Dropped While In Use. Now grinding sound.

There is absolutely no way you can fix this drive. It is dead, and the data on it has gone to heaven.

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Hello all,
I have a Dell Inspiron 7559 laptop that I bought about a month ago.  When I hook it up to my external speakers and start up a game such as WoW, the sound that comes out of the speakers sounds awful... like it's a way lower bitrate than it shoudl be, missing depth and fullness... almost as if it were coming out of one of those old pc speakers. 
If I unplug the speakers, let the OS realize they were disconnected, then plug them back in again, it works fine. 
Anyone see this before?

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heare is a link to my speakers i do not understand this as if i use google crome on the same web page and scroll on g chrome it dose not make the grinding sound

Answer:weird grinding sound coming out of speakers when scrolling on firefox?

That is usually a setting in System Sounds. The panel for System Sounds can be found in the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound.

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First post, hope I'm doing this right.Hi guys, about 3 weeks ago I purchased a Lenovo ideapad 110. It's a great laptop, however, about a couple weeks ago, the laptop started making a loud grinding/buzzing sound when playing audio. The sound only lasts for second, but it's quite jarring, to the point where I have to take out my earphones and take a break from what ever I was watching/listening to. It also happens without earphones, so those aren't the problem. YouTube is when it mainly occurs, however other sites with audio have it too. I've tried playing with the audio settings and updating the drivers, it worked for a few days, but the sound has returned. My previous laptop, a hp did this too, but never this frequently, so what exactly is this? I'm not very tech-savvy, so I have no idea.Here are the spec if it helps.15.6-inch (1366 x 768 pixels) TN displayIntel Pentium N3710 Processor (1.60GHz 1600MHz 2MB) with Intel HD Graphics4GB RAM (up to 8GB), 1TB HDDWindows 10 HomeBuilt-in DVD Recordable DriveStereo Speakers with Dolby Audio, 3.5 mm Combo Audio JackUSB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet and 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 acDimensions: 378 x 265 x 22.9; Weight: 2.2 kg24WH batteryThanks.

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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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So this problem seemed to come out of nowhere, I have no idea why it started. Basically, when I use my internet, eg: opening link, loading video or downloading randomly my speakers make a grinding noise and until the noise stops (can be 1-10 seconds) my internet drops (the internet icon on the bottom right shows it is still connected but nothing loads until the noise stops. Even then, the noise can drop in and out like 10 times in a minute and is constantly messing up the internet.

If someone could help, it would be much appreciated, my speakers are Logitech (doubt that makes much difference as I doubt the problem is linked to them and my LAN card is some Ralink thing, nothing special.

Here is a low volume recording of the noise, turn up your speakers to hear it well.

Answer:Speakers make buzzing/hiss/grinding noise and internet drops until sound stops

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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!

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I recently purchased a Thinkpad edge E530. With win8 and its working great. However, every couple of hours or so, the cd drive makes a noise as if I put a cd in it. The noise sounds like its trying to load a cd when there is no cd there. I was wondering if it's just my laptop or if its a common thing in these kin if laptops? Any help to resolve this issue would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:My thinkpad e530 is making a weird noise!?

Mine also does that and my previous e530 (replaced under warranty) also did that.Even if I open iTunes, the dvddrive zooms.Strange, but it doesn't seem to affect things.

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I recently bought a refurbished IBM Thinkpad T42 (recently as in I just turned it on for the first time yesterday). Every hour or two it makes a clicking or clunking noise, which sounds like is coming from the right side of the computer.

I searched through the forum and this isn't looking good. It's not a horribly loud noise (only slightly louder than the normal whirrs), and everything seems to be working fine. It hasn't frozen, and it's writing to the hard drive ok.

Do you think this could signify a bigger problem? Are not-so-loud clunks normal? Could it be the hard drive heads sticking? Is there software for IBM's to fix that? Should I return the laptop? I don't want to fight the fight with returning it, restocking fees, etc. if I don't have to. I did buy the extended, no-matter-what-happens-we'll-fix-it-free warrantee, but I don't want to have to deal with losing data a year from now if the hard drive crashes.

TIA for opinions and help, I appreciate it!

Answer:New thinkpad making click or clunking noise

Run Chkdsk.exe in XP/Vista to see if there are any bad sectors/tracks on the hard drive. Sounds like it could be a hard drive problem.

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I think the title says it all, when I log into Windows 7, it sitll makes a sound upon login even though sounds are set to none.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Answer:Win 7 making sound on login sound scheme is set to none

Along with the "no sounds" scheme, there is a separate box to uncheck for the startup sound.

See this:

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So i'm trying to work on a video project in Camtasia Studio 6. However the option to record from your speakers (what you hear) is not an option. After searching the net I found one common respond is to go to Control Panel > Sound and then the Recording tab and then make sure that all disabled and hidden objects are shown. However I still can't get Sound Mix or What you hear to show up, which is quite frustrating as I am sure that is why I can't select the Speaker audio option when i'm working in Camtasia Studio, that option is grayed out.
which leads me to question, is this a possible driver issue? I was thinking about installing the Realtek Audio Driver but not sure if that would do anything different or not.
Otherwise i'm lost as every place I have looked online just suggests this as an option (checking to make sure all disabled and disconnected devices are shown in Sound)
So not sure really what to do? anyone have any suggestions or advice?
I've posted some pics that might help explain a bit better.

Answer:Help making sound recording, no sound mix option

Im having the same exact problem and when i tried to install the realtek drivers vista wouldnt let me ! .

Ive tried to record using Audacity , Camstacia and adobe but need to enable this option but how?

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Hello Everybody, I?ve bought a second hand IBM ThinkPad T41 yesterday. I want to connect wireless with my wireless internet point. But I?ve come to notice that there isn?t any wireless support on my ThinkPad 41T. Also I want to make an original Bluetooth connection point on my IBM ThinkPad T41. My question is: what is wise to do first, is it wise to check in my ThinkPad to search my wireless component (and how do I do that). Or should order parts in order to make the wifi and Bluetooth work on my ThinkPad. And so where is the best place to buy and witch parts do I need? Thank you for reading my question, I hope someone has the answer.

Answer:Making Bluetooth and Wireless Internet on a IBM ThinkPad T41 work

Welcome to the forum!
Could you please post the full 7-character model number of that T41, located on the same sticker that holds the serial number and the production date on the bottom of the laptop? The first three digits will most likely be 237...

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Hello I'm new to this community I just bought a laptop (Thinkpad W 530) in the US. I tried to create 2 new partitions using a partition assistant software. After that, I rebooted the laptop. And it failed to get in windows. the question is : how can I recover the operating system setup and get in? I tried to press F10 and it doesn't fix anything.


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Answer:Win 8 doesn't work after making new partition ,Lenovo Thinkpad W530....Anyone can help?

Did you remember to set SYSTEM_DRV as bootable?

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I've got the Samsung 950 Pro operating fine in my P50 notebook and I am absolutely certain I can boot to it from the "F12" option.  However, when I went to change the "Boot Order" option in the UEFI I could not find it on the "Startup" tab.  The closest thing I can find is the "Network Boot," which lists my NVMe drive; but I can't find anything appearing like a normal "Boot Order" list such as you would find in the UEFI on a desktop machine.  Could somebody please tell me where that option is so I can permanently set the boot order? Also, I don't want to reformat the HDD until I am absolutely certain I am booting from the NVMe reliably.  After that I was hoping I could get Windows to call my NVMe "C" but I think it has become the "D" drive.  (After I copied it I could not have two "C" drives in the machine, I assume.)  Any advice?  Thanks in advance!  :-)

P50, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, 4K, NVidia Quadro M2000M 4GB, Dual Samsung 950 PRO 512GB NVMe drives non-RAID, 32 GB Crucial Technology DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000). Windows 10 Home.


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Answer:Changing Boot Order in UEFI on P50 ThinkPad and making certain spinner can be reformatted.

The Windows "system" partition must seen as be C.  It will not be D.
If your 950 NVMe partition is showing as D, then it is NOT the boot partition.
You must still be booting from the Windows "system" partition on your HDD spinner, which is why it got lettered as C.  The NVMe device must be being handled as a second drive, with partitions on it being lettered starting from D.
Can you elaborate on how you created the content on the 950?  Did you "clone" from HDD spinner, and if so with what software? Or did you install Windows (7 or 10?) from scratch onto the 950 as the target?
Is it in the NVMe0 or NVMe1 slot?

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Hi, guys how you doing? My question is, regarding the sound in my computer. when am trying to access a file, it starts sound and continues until i close it. so please guys how can i solve this problem? i need your help. thanksHi, guys how you doing? My question is, regarding the sound in my computer. when am trying to access a file, it starts sound and continues until i close it. so please guys how can i solve this problem? i need your help. thanks

Answer:Why My Computer Is Making Sound? Too Much Sound

Please describe the sound as best as you can. Is it grinding, ticking, etc?

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Hi everyone, I shut down my laptop and the next boot up took very very long , like 15-20 minutes. And the audio symbol was like that on the photo (a red cross on it)  I tried to install the driver but somehow it didn't work. Then i decided to format and reinstall windows. btw, im on win7. After new installation, i have the same problem. I could install he drivers and everything seem to work but there were still no sound and when i click on sound symbol or go to any settings about sound, my laptop is lagging. Boot time is still that long. I disabled and uninstalled everything about audio and now my laptop works fine except no sound  anyone has idea what could be wrong ? Thanks in advance

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I have a Soundblaster Live 24-bit sound card and just recently it is beginning to make a thumping sound, even when nothing is playing.  it comes in 5 second intervals, and I've tried restarting my computer, unplugging speakers and re-plugging them in, putting in headphones (still made sound), turning off subwoofer, downloading the drivers from the website, and installing from the disc.  Could my sound-card just need to be replaced?  It looks easy enough to replace, is this a possible fix?  I forgot to mention I have Windows XP, and a Dell Dimension (if that matters)

Answer:Sound Card making "thumping" sound, fuzzy music

When does the 'thumping' sound occur? Are you sure it is not some application that wants your attention? Or Windows sound configuration interfering with what you do?

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I downloaded some Music Videos which i'd like to put onto VCD's.

I've tried using Nero and TMPGEnc, followed the instructions, converted them to VCD standard, but most of the Video's end up with either no sound or black & white (and slightly fuzzy)...

I'm scratching my head here ...

If anyone can throw me any ideas i'd be grateful.

I've also had a look at (which is a brilliant site) but i still can't fathom it out...

Answer:No sound when making VCD's

use virtualDub/nanDub. You probably didn't pick process audio.

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Is there any software I can buy to make my mp3's sound better?? I saved my cd's onto MP3 onto my hard drive but when I play them back they sound shallow and flat - not good stereo/hard to pick out certain instruments etc. Is there any software that highers the quality of mp3's. thanks

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My 50G WesternDigigital drive recently took a dump and started making a strange siren sound and I'm hoping (although I should know better) that I can recover from this. At the very least I'd like to get the data if possible. Here's what happened:

I'm running XP and while trying to shut down my PC it would reboot itself. During one of the boot cycles I decided that I would shut it off manually. Now that I think about it, I did this right around the memory check but probably more around the HD check.

When I rebooted the BIOS popped up giving me an error about having the CPU speed mis-configured. I hadn't changed the settings that had been running fine for years so I did a save an exit. During the HD check my PC started making this strange siren sound and the boot failed.

I assumed that the siren had something to do with the CPU being mis-clocked so I wen't back into the BIOS to change some things around with no luck. After a few reboots, trying different things and now both of my HDs failing at boot I was starting to get worried.

The siren sound was starting to drive me nuts so I disconnected the speaker on my tower. When this didn't stop the sound I went hunting for the source. I came to find that it was my HD making the sound.

Removing it from the IDE chain got me past the CPU issue and eliminated the problem so at least I'm up and running. The only problem is that the HD is toast.

I have tried to hook it up with just power (no ... Read more

Answer:HD Making Strange Sound

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I just built a computer and I pluged in my speakers and they don't make any sound. The computer see's them in the Device Manager but I dont know what to do from there . Any Ideas???? Ross

Answer:Speakers Not making any sound

Have you first loaded the Sound Drivers? these are with the Sound Card or if it's onboard sound it will be on the Motherboard CD. Next if you see a Speaker icon near the system clock double click on it and check sound is not Muted

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It sounds like a fan in my computer tower speeds up and than slows down to normal. What causes this?? Please Advise -- I am the type of chick that likes to jump in her car, push the gas pedal and go. Therefore, I am not very computer savvy - LOL!!!


Answer:Fan Making Weird Sound

The fan's RPM's are adjusting to the system's temperature , that is what I think. When was the last time you " cleaned " the fan out with some canned air? Always good to keep that stuff clean

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This pc is less than 6 months old. It just recently started making this noise. Sounds like a timer ticking starts fast and slowly goes away or when I flip upside down it went away. This has me a little worried, I am working on posting a video of it as soon as I get the link I will include it

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My laptop frequently makes the "Device Disconnect" sound -- that little sound you get when you pull something out of a USB port -- for no apparent reason.

The laptop can be sitting there completely still -- without my doing anything or even touching the keyboard or mouse -- and it'll throw that sound out randomly. It happens several times an hour.

Is there anyway I can find out what's causing this?

Answer:Why does my computer keep making this sound?

Bootcamp does not like Windows running on your MacBook. When you are using a Virtual Machine like Bootcamp, you really need to address your questions over at the Support forums. They are more familiar with Bootcamp.

If I had to make a fair guess, your Macbook is dropping a virtual USB connection while you are using Bootcamp. As long as it does not do it in Mac OS-X. Then your problem lies with the Virtual Machine.

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my computer keeps loading, and the CPU jumps up to 40 to 90% constantly accompanied with loud loading noise of the HDD arm attempting to read the hard drive. This loading noise even continues when there is no programs running. For example, when I boot up the pc, I let it load all its programs for 10 to 15 minutes, and even when its done loading all programs, it keeps buzzing/ticking as if its loading something.

At first I thought it had to do with malware, so posted in the malware thread on this forum. Kestrel13! kindly guided me through the procedure and checked my logs, and it turned out my pc is clean of any malware, yet the ticking/loading is not resolved.

Some hardware parts in this pc have been recently replaced with new ones, such as new DVD drives, graphics card, etc, but I am still using my old mother board, HDD and power supply. This HDD has been re-installed with Windows XP, Vista or Linux Ubuntu about 8 to 10 times now, with complete harddrive wipes, but the last 4 reinstalls I kept having a lag problem with my pc within a week of reinstall. I figured out that the person who reinstalled my pc, kept putting a illegal version of windows on here, so I purchased a legal version of windows XP last reinstall. At first the pc ran faster, but kept having the 'bzz' sound every few seconds and it has now gotten worse and is affecting my CPU terribly.

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Answer:HDD Keeps making Ticking sound

1. Backup your documents ASAP on that computer
2. Check the event logs to see if there are disk errors being reported.

It reads like your hard drive is going bad and might want to replace it. $.02

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Hello. I'm curious if anyone else has experienced this. I've been hearing a plink or a bloop, almost like a waterdrop type sound intermittently from my S10. It'll happen a few times a minute, even if I'm not touching the laptop at all and nothing is running. At first I thought it might be the Windows XP Pop-Up Blocked sound, but I had that disabled and everything muted, and I was still hearing it. It seems like a mechanical sound, and the only moving parts are the fan and the hard-drive. So I'm guessing it must be one of those, but that would still be odd seeing as it occurs when the computer is totally idle as well. Is this a regular thing that I just need to get used to? Or is this perhaps a defect that I'll need to send back for repair. It's not a major mechanical problem, but it is a little maddening to have it softly go "puh-plink!" every 30 seconds or so.For reference, here's that Windows sound. It does not sound exactly like this, but it is similar, and softer. Perhaps this might sound familiar to some: plink Any experiences/ideas/suggestions?

Answer:S10 Making a Mechanical Sound

I prefer to check the harddrive on errors with pc doctor or other harddrive software... regards KalvinKlein    

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Just did it for the first time. A high pitched humming, almost a continuous beeping was being let out.

Happened on restart, and windows XP would not open, only saw a single unscore or hyphen on the dark screen where I think think XP pre-loads/bios opens and it held there on it and wouldn't budge. Powered off the pc and it did it again. Once more, and I'm now using it.

Thought it may be a fan but the high pitch seems to suggest not. Could a fan cause the system to lock/XP not open? Would it have to be the CPU fan to shut it down for safety?

Could of sworn it was coming from the front of the case, where drives are stored. But this didn't seem like a mechanical sound. (unless the platter arm/head wasn't making contact altogether?) Sounded more like an alert.

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for the record i didnt know what forum to put this in so i just chose this one, and also this noise is really bugging me so as soon as im done writing this im turning off my pc. im not sure what this sound is but my computer just started making it 3 days ago.

5 mins later it was making this noise (it hasnt made this one since though, but its constantly making the first one)

thanks for any help you can give me.

Answer:why is my computer making this sound?

Sound's like a screwed fan to me

Take the side panel off and you will be able to tell better where the sound is coming from.

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So like to use a website that plays my shows for free. They don't give me viruses or anything, but there is a ton of advertisements. Now I usually click them off, but in the last week something new has emerged..........I see no ads, but sound is still playing from somewhere. It isn't the player that is on the site as the video I am watching starts and stops playing sound after I click play and stop..........Where else could the sound be coming from? Is there a way for me to block all sound except the sound coming from the main media player?

Answer:Hidden ads making sound?

I also have the same problems, hoping to get help?

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Hello,Today when I plugged my computer into the wall, I heard a faint fizzing sound coming from my computer charger. Is this normal? I have been reading up on it online, and multiple websites have said that my charger is now a fire hazard, and that I should contact support. Unfortunetly, the person that I got on with had no clue what I should do, so I hung up.Thank you.

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I recently bought a newly assembled PC for myself, with a 600VA UPS that I thought would support the load of the PC. Turns out that it far from does that - I haven't had the time to go purchase one that suffices yet. The last time the main power supply to my house got cut, the UPS kept the PC from switching off completely, but the monitor and the CPU remained on, while not really "working", as always. The light indicating power for both the monitor and the CPU remained on, but at the same time, the monitor wasn't displaying anything, neither was the CPU processing anything - sort of in a state of 'limbo'. It sounds weird, and I hope I've put it across as well as possible.

Anyway, so once the main power supply returned this time around, the PC's been working fine, which it normally does in these situations, but my FDD has been making an annoying clunking sound that kicks in only right from when I run Windows XP - the kind you hear when it's running a floppy disk. And I can't seem to get rid of the noise; it's extremely irritating. If I right-click on the 3 1/2 Floppy A: option in My Computer, the sound grates even more. Any ideas how to remedy this? The reason I mentioned the UPS in this is because this difficulty has arisen only after the power last got cut.

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My computer, as the title says is making an extremely annoying sound. I captured it using my mic and can be heard here:, so please listen to it and tell me which part is making this noise.

I was thinking it's my power supply as the 500W power supply is about 2-3 years old where my hard drives are about a year old. I have the knowledge to open up my computer and replace parts so if someone can tell me which part I should replace then I would very highly appreciate it.

As well, if you cannot tell what is making the sound through the clip, would you be able to help me use the order of elimination to find out what is causing this noise?


Answer:My computer is making an annoying sound

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