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Hi, when I press the on button, the machine springs into action but immediately starts a ticking noise as if something is stuck. The blue light on the switch flashes in time with the ticking. It doesn't get as far as showing anything on the monitor. A friend told me (as did a PC World Tech Guy - although only from my verbal description) that my hard drive was knackered and that something had physically broken inside the hard drive. I bought a new Hard Drive after accepting I had lost all the content, but that does the same. I then ran the PC without any hard drive attached - the blue light obviously no longer flickers as there is no hard drive, but the ticking still persists. I've tried unplugging various elements within and starting up, but no change. i now think that the noise is actually coming from the switch, but that that is not what is wrong. Could it be a problem with the internal sealed power unit giving intermittent power? I have tried different cables also, no difference. please help, Thanks, Matt

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  • Matt749 Nov 06, 2008

    Thanks guys, I'll give both of those ideas a go. There was a lot of dust and grime in there when I opened it up......

    Matt

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Hi this is an odd problem. just keep the side off the computer start it up and listen in the side. you should be able to find where its coming from. if it is the power unit, i have never seen one yet that you cant open. sounds to me like the unit or cpu fan is clogged with dust n grime. you need to clean it out. let me know if this helps. you could also take everything out of the comp that doesnt have to be there, just leaving a cd-rom, floppy, hard drive and graphics card, then reboot......

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It could be various components, try turning your system on and listening close to your system to hear where the sound is coming from, from that you can usually isolate the problem.

Obviously, if you do locate the component and replace it, make sure you keep the old parts and the receipt for the new parts, in case the replacement has no effect.

Worst case scenario, your motherboard may be fried. If this is the case, you'll possibly be looking at a new system - unless you don't mind replacing most of the components in there right now.

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