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My PC makes wierd dying sounds when I turn it on, but only for 30

Help! It's annoying!

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  • rain0 Jun 04, 2009

    To: joecoolvette
    1.Desktop
    2.30 seconds (about until the Windows Boot Logo)
    3.No
    4.Dying rrrrrrr... kind of sound. I press the power button, the dying sound for 30 secs then it's fine.
    I have this little Gage on the front of my computer, that doesn't light up anymore either. The same time as it made that weird sound. My computer is custom built, and the gadge says Cavalier and it's measured in [dB], I never new what it was for.

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    joecoolvette May 11, 2010

    I also need to ask for more clarification.
    1.Is this a desktop or laptop?
    2.Is the 30 you have stated 30 seconds or 30 minutes?
    3.Is the computer dirty inside?
    4.Would there be any way you could describe the sound/s, and what is transpiring with the computer.
    (Examples: You press the Power On button, you hear a screeching sound for 30 seconds, and the computer
    turns off. OR, You press the Power On button, the computer makes a screeching sound the whole time, you
    use the computer for about 30 minutes, and it turns off)


  • Jarrad May 11, 2010

    need more info to solve this problem for you

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Okay. There are three things it can be. Let's start with the first one, and see if we can rule it out.

1.I would like you to look at the Electrolytic Capacitors on the motherboard. Specifically the one's that
surround the processor.
These are the small aluminum cylindrical 'cans' on the motherboard. This link will show what they look like,
and show what they look like in a bad state. (Electrolytic paste leaking out, and/or sides/top, bulging),
http://www.capacitorlab.com/visible-failures/index.htm
Electrolytic Capacitors that are located in close proximity to the processor are used as Voltage Regulators.
The processor has to have a 'clean', steady supply of DC voltage, and has a very tight tolerance range
for the voltage. It cannot be too much, or too little, or the processor will turn off.

2.With the computer case open, computer running, listen close to see if this sound is coming from the
harddrive. Do Not reach inside the computer while it is running, (And plugged in) It would seem as if I'm
warning you about getting shocked, but it isn't. It's that you may transfer static electricity from your body,
and burn out the delicate hardware components. Your computer uses three voltages. 3.3 volts, 5 volts,
and 12 volts. To be shocked you would have to be standing barefooted in water, and grab something inside
the computer, or stick a small metallic round object in one of the power supply case's ventilation holes.
Your harddrive has round metal platters inside. These resemble metal CD disks. There are arms with
Read/Write Heads for every platter. Two for every platter. One above the platter, one below the platter.
There may be 3 to 6 platters inside your harddrive. The Read/Write Heads are located a few thousands
of an inch above,(And Below), the platters. These arms can go back and forth across the platters at Hundreds
of times a Second!
The boot sector for your Operating System, (Windows XP is an example of an O/S), is on the outside edge
of one of these platters. The Read/Write head could have touched the platter, and scratched the boot sector.
Harddrive is now defunct.

3.The Power Supply's Electrolytic Capacitors could be failing, or some have failed. The power supply won't
put out the full needed voltage, and the processor doesn't 'Play this Game'. (Steady, clean, supply of DC
voltage) The only way to check, is to substitute the power supply with a known, good, compatible one,
and test the computer.


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The DB gauge is for decibel output. That is really just for aesthetics, but is functional if hooked up properly. I have the same case. Does the sound come from the psu, cpu fan or other fan in the case?

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