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Ticking sound Hello, My e-machine is a little over a year old. It makes a ticking sound after it's been on for a few minutes, then the fan sounds like it is running at rapid speed....does this sound like the fan needs to be replaced?

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Re: ticking sound

Fans are really cheep so go ahead and try it.It may also be something catching in on of the fans, check the power unit fan.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008

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Sound is muted. How do I get the sound back?

Click start control panel sounds and audio devices select advanced there might be a tick in the mute box untick it or select audio from the microphone drop down list make sure you have the right one selected and in the volume box make sure the microphone box has a tick in it or select the voice tab and make sure that you have the right media selected also select volume make sure the box for microphone has a tick in it

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My computer just went belly up! It is a reconditioned IBM ThinkCenter, a little over 2 years old. It was running normally and then all hell broke lose, cooling fan went berserk sounding like a hair dryer...

Since your PC is two years old its recommended to check your computers hardware check your cooling fan
specially CPU cooling fan if that fan is broken your pc wont work and be careful turning on your PC again and again will burn the processor

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The Sound used to increase over a few hours. NOW the machine starts up REVED.... When you turn it on after letting it cool, it's silent until you start Windows, and the noise picks up a little. You...

Hello there! Noisy Sounds can be much frightening, but if you could determine from where the sound is coming on you will get the solution, the sound makers inside a pc are mostly fans, and what type of sound you are actually hearing, rattling sounds means some wires touching up the C.P.U Cooler fan, another one could be a loose fan on the SMPS. Solution to this is to Check all the Fans Do so by
1. Remove the Cabinet cover on one side and Start the machine and try to see and determine what actually is making the noise, rattling sound could be a wire or something touching the fan, if its okay, then listen for the SMPS fan.
Hope this Helps.

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My husband's e-machine T2882 began to make jittery noises the light on the front flashes as does the monitor with a ticking sounds then nothing happens. You can't get it to turn on. We've rebooted shut...

If there's a ticking sound, its probably your hard drive giving out. You have to read what comes on the screen for clues but .....................

You could try booting into safe mode (press the F8 key while booting several times) and completing a system restore. (Start - All programes - Accessories - System Tools - System restore) to a date when it last worked.

If you can't get to the safe mode, then, as its 7 years old, its probably time to treat yourself to a new one.

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My husband's E-Machine T2882 began to make jittery noises, the light on the front flashes as does the monitor with a ticking sounds, then nothing happens. You can't get it to turn on. We've rebooted, shut...

first look for the upgrade of the hardware's inside. like memory and processor. second if that machine is 7 yrs old, please do replace it. coz i believe the hardware's for that is now expensive.

Mar 28, 2010 | E-Machines T2882 PC Desktop

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Sounds like the fan is making a whirring sound for first few minutes after boot up

You should visually inspect the fan (inside and outside the case) to check for dust clogging things up. Very often dust will accumulate on the fans and cause them to slow down, make funny noises, or it will collect on the processor heat sink and cause the computer to run hotter than normal, indirectly causing the fans to work harder to cool the system. If there's no visible dust accumulation, try downloading the newest BIOS for your machine from Dell's support website. A BIOS update may fix the problem by addressing the thermal sensor on the motherboard. Or... you might have a failing fan or thermal sensor.

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Dell GX270T won't boot, makes 'ticking' sound

Well old retired guy there is so many moving parts in a computer. the fans , on the processor ,the power supply, and one on the box of some.You have the cdrom , the a:/ drive and hard drive.You can unplug everyone except the power supply and it will still turn on. If the ticking still exist then its electrical snapping in the power supply.There is more than one voltage coming out of the power supply. Part of its 5 volt and part of it is 12 volt so then part of the supply could be working and another part not working.My guess is get a used power supply and it will work fine.

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God Bless You Greg

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I have a packard bell easynote m10 notebook that when I play any 3d game the graphics become distorted after a few minutes of game play. I have download all driver updates and other updates from the...

M10 was a codename for the Radeon 9600, so you're good with that.

If everything worked right before, and you're getting artifacts, andyou have the latest drivers, and the game worked fine before, then thatdoesn't leave too much that I can think of. Typically, artifactshappen due to overheating/hardware issues. I used to get artifacts onan old dell of mine when I was playing around with overclocking my card.

You should check your machine to see if the fans/interior have built updust, especially since it's a few years old, and see if your fan is working properly. Try to keep your machinecool, and adjust graphics settings for performance over quality.

I was looking to see if Omega Drivers ( would be compatible with your machine, and see if that would help, but I just can't be sure, as laptops are more finicky about unfamiliar drivers. It sounds like you're doing everything else right, but even the hardware can show it's age sometimes.


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Loud Fan Noise

Usually the fan on graphic card dies first. It can be replaced with another one but I'd suggest you to build in 80 or 100 mm fan to blow directly on your graphic card cooler. Remove the lid and check if perhaps some cable has fallen close/into fan blade. It must be one of those two. I'm 90% certain.

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