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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:58 PM

Recently my computer has been making an odd 'squeak' and I have no idea where it is coming from, no wires seems to be touching any fans and everything is firmly inserted.
Any ideas what it could be, it's driving me up the wall.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:00 PM

a screw that is loosely vibrating?

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:03 PM

View Postjacobdb, on 22 April 2012 - 04:00 PM, said:

a screw that is loosely vibrating?
It could be, but I have moved the case around a bit and heard nothing.


I would maybe even say it sounds a little like arching electric, I really hope it isn't.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:16 PM

A whine or a squeak?
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:19 PM

View Posteftj, on 22 April 2012 - 04:16 PM, said:

A whine or a squeak?
Sort of  t-t-t-t like pattern very quickly.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

Could it be a hard drive?
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:31 PM

definitely sounds like the hard drive if it's a ticking sound

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:36 PM

And if your HDD is ticking, it is probably going to fail...
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:38 PM

View Posteftj, on 22 April 2012 - 04:36 PM, said:

And if your HDD is ticking, it is probably going to fail...
Usually it is a scratching, not a ticking, sound when a hard drive is about to fail.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:42 PM

It seems to happen randomly, not when my hard drive is accessing.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:47 PM

View PostNimphina, on 22 April 2012 - 04:42 PM, said:

It seems to happen randomly, not when my hard drive is accessing.
Hmm... Odd.

We need fm for diagnosing stuff like this.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:48 PM

View Posteftj, on 22 April 2012 - 04:47 PM, said:

Hmm... Odd.

We need fm for diagnosing stuff like this.
Yeah I might actually be it, I've left it alone for 5 minutes and hasn't made the sound until I started using the computer again.

I've been needing a good excuse to order a new drive anyway, not looking forward to reinstalling windows all over again.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:51 PM

View PostNimphina, on 22 April 2012 - 04:48 PM, said:

Yeah I might actually be it, I've left it alone for 5 minutes and hasn't made the sound until I started using the computer again.

I've been needing a good excuse to order a new drive anyway, not looking forward to reinstalling windows all over again.
Yeah, just stay away from Hitachi this time.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:53 PM

View Posteftj, on 22 April 2012 - 04:51 PM, said:

Yeah, just stay away from Hitachi this time.
I was lucky I got a computer that worked, I really should of made a thread here.

Here's to spending £56.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

it might also be bearings in one of the fans.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:21 PM

View Postjacobdb, on 22 April 2012 - 05:10 PM, said:

it might also be bearings in one of the fans.
Wouldn't I be able to hear it constantly if it was? It's a intermittent sound.

I'll wait for Fm's opinion on this.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

If it's a fan then the sound won't necessarily be constant, assuming you have at least one fan in your system that is managed by the BIOS (for example, your CPU fan). It's rather hard to diagnose without a more accurate description (or recording) of the noise though. Try opening-up the case and seeing if you can pinpoint where it's coming from.

View PostPhoinex567, on 19 March 2012 - 01:45 PM, said:

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

View PostGringo_Starr, on 22 April 2012 - 05:35 PM, said:

If it's a fan then the sound won't necessarily be constant, assuming you have at least one fan in your system that is managed by the BIOS (for example, your CPU fan). It's rather hard to diagnose without a more accurate description (or recording) of the noise though. Try opening-up the case and seeing if you can pinpoint where it's coming from.
Only one of my fans is controlled which is my GPU fan, others are connected by moxlex and my cpu's are by 3 pin headers.

I couldn't really pin point it exactly, it was towards the bottom of the case.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:43 PM

View PostNimphina, on 22 April 2012 - 05:38 PM, said:

Only one of my fans is controlled which is my GPU fan, others are connected by moxlex and my cpu's are by 3 pin headers.

I couldn't really pin point it exactly, it was towards the bottom of the case.

The fans attatched to motherboard headers will likely be temperature-controlled - check your BIOS for the settings.

View PostPhoinex567, on 19 March 2012 - 01:45 PM, said:

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:44 PM

View PostGringo_Starr, on 22 April 2012 - 05:43 PM, said:

The fans attatched to motherboard headers will likely be temperature-controlled - check your BIOS for the settings.
3pins aren't controlled, the third pin is for measuring speed. These things are at 2000RPM permanently.


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Note: when using a 3-pin power connector with a 4-pin fan header, the fan will always be on; there is no fan control.
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