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Clicking sound coming from mother board

When i power up the computer a clicking sound i thought was coming from the hard drive, i tried removing the power from the hard drive to see if this would isolate the problem to the hard drive, but the clicking sound and a yellow light were flashing on the mother board it will not power up, what could be wrong?

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Check your memory if the sound is continous beeping or your Video adapter. try to clean it and installed it again if problem occured use another memory or VGA for testing..

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Hi eakesj:
A number of things here should be checked.
First shut down and remove all cards, and power connections to all the drives such as cdroms, hard drives.
The power supply should also be looked at and tested for correct voltages on each wire. This can be done with a voltage meter.
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If that will not work, then you have more problems than you thought at the beginning.
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So, if you have only one memory module, then I would remove the memory, carefully clean the contacts, (a clean pencil eraser can work, if you are careful, and do not press very hard) and then plug the memory back in and try again. Also if you have extra modules of the same type, try one for testing.
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If you decide to continue with your original mother board, and still have problems, then the cpu or the mother board is suspect. To test the cpu, either test your board with another cpu which is compatible, or check the mother board with another mother board of the same exact model.
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