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If ?t's still under warranty take it back. It could be a hard disc issue, dvd drive, fan or power supply problem. Note that if it is hot around the pc or there is not enough ventilation then the cooling fans will be making a lot of noise so rule this out f?rst before you take it back to the service.
If it's out of warranty I woudl just keep using it until something fails. A clunking sound is normally your hard disc giving up and that is usually located near the DVD drive bay. However best to back up any important infromation you have on the pc to DVDs or other media now in case the hard drive does die as it will be expensive to try and recover lost data on the drive later.
Hello,if your computer is old and the noise is low frequency but very disturbing and sometimes gets louder and then lows then is your power supply and you must change it.If the noise is more high pitch and it doesn't change frequency then should be the graphic card.If its like scratching noise is the hard drive.You must figure out exactly where the noise is coming from before replace anything
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Ideally there will be some amount of noise emanating from any system, so its normal. The noise factor can be attributed to various components within your tower. Typical components that generate noise are:
CPU Fan - It usually runs at a speed of 1500 rpm
Hard Drive - There are circular metallic discs in the hard drive which run at a speed of about 7200 rpm for normal hard drives
Video Card Fan (if there is one)
SMPS/Power Supply fan
However, if the noise is very audible then you can try the following:
- Ensure that your tower is kept on a flat surface
- There are no obstructions around the power supply fan (found at the back of your tower)
- Power supply provided is proper and coming through a spike buster
If you feel that the noise level is high, then I would recommend contacting Acer support as it may be a problem with one of the fans or the way your motherboard has been fixed within the tower.
This system supports ECC and non-ECC Rambus modules. ECC and non-ECC
modules can be mixed but ECC feature will be disabled. Modules must be
installed in pairs. multiple modules - PC800 the max is 2 GBs systems tool...run disc clean up...put a check mark in every box, you don' need anything there as it is all copies you have elsewhere... then defraggment also in system tools. If you really feel like making that ole girl hum, do a complete reinstall using the latest drivers from the dell site. If you use your service tag number it will select the better drivers for your application. http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=DIM_PNT_P4_8100&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid= go to this page for drivers (above) select your operating system (2000-ME-XP-Vista). hope this helps you. Please leave rating
You did not mention which laptop model you have, which makes a diagnostic a little bit difficult. The light you describe (3 discs) indicates that either the internal hard drive or optical drive is being accessed. That is generally ok, if you read or write from your hard drive or you have a CD/DVD running.
It CAN indicate that you do not have sufficient memory installed and the RAM can't handle all the requests, so it has to write and read constantly to and form the hard drive. This is called "Memory swapping". This happens also if you are not doing anything that involves the hard or CD drive (in idle).
This would answer your question, but if you need any other information, come back here and let me know. In that case it would be helpful to know which operating system you are running and how much RAM you have installed.
Most likely you are experiencing a hard drive failure. The Click of Death is normally a good indicator.
Most likely a hard drive will resolve your problem. If the system is under warranty, contact the vendor. If not, you can buy a replacement HDD normally for less than $100
One source I like is http://www.newegg.com
Loud Clicking CAN be a symptom of a failing hard drive. Generally it is also associated with a boot failure though (It is called the Click of Death). If the system is booting normally, there may be a different source for the noise. Most desktop systems have a minimum of 2 cooling fans, higher powered ones can have 5 or more. Many moving parts in the system can cause a click.
I would suggest you remove the side cover of the tower, and see if you can localize the source of the noise. (The instructions for your system can be found on http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/siteHome?dlc=en&lc=en&cc=us
Once you localize the source of the noise, you can address the problem.