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Knock, Knock? My tower is making a knocking noise, which is followed by slow performance and eventually shutting down. Any clue what is going on?

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    Same problem. A bunch of clicks then frozen. Then shuts off.

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Ok, from what I know from past experience it sounds like your hard drive is going bad. If this is the case back up all your information NOW - documents, email, addresses, favorites from explorer, and any special objects from special programs (and don't forget your pictures!)

Get a new hard drive, check what size your Hard Drive is now - and MAKE sure the new one is at least that size. Then install new drive - use your restore disks (from the company you bought your computer from) to put on the new drive, then of course you will have to restore your programs and then your saved items.

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

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Clean your CPU Tower every once in a while.


If you want your computer smooth and to not make alot of noises, clean the CPU Tower. Dust can collect in the fans and slow the fans down.

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change the fan ASAP, since the zooming noise and the slow performance will affect even the processor and you might end up replacing the processor as well if it persists. So get the fan ASAP and problem will be solved.

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It seems that your system is overheating so follow these instructions first
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- Clean the Processor fan, Heat Sink and other peripherals
- Use High Speed fans
- Use CPU Heat Sink Paste in the processor
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See if the Harddrive is making the noise, sscruggs06.

(Computer unplugged from power. Follow Anti-Static Precautions.
I listed them here in a previous solution,

http://www.fixya.com/support/t16277200-check_see_power_supply_working )

Perhaps the Spindle bearings are bad, and Platters are scraping,

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/hard-disk.htm

Post the Model Number in a Comment.

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It makes noise then the tower cuts off but the power still blinks alot..the model number is T6532...it has been this way for a week. It just shuts everything down. The yellow light blinks alot.


Hello
Possible bad power supply,or step down transformer.If the noise your talking about is a beep or a series of beeps then this is called a beep code or codes.

Refer to the manufacturer for reasons for beeps.

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Hi there,

Check if a particular program is slowing the machine when you switch on or shut down, e.g. an anti virus program.

Go to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Performance Information and Tools > Advanced Tools (in the left pane). On this screen the problem is sometimes shown. If not, click View Performance Details in Event Log (Event Viewer). Events in the 100 series are boot events and I believe those in the 200 series are shut down events. These can be followed up by double-clicking them, then clicking Event Log Online at the bottom.


Hope this initial information helps. Let me know for further instructions.

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My computer keeps shuting down at any given time


computer abruptly shutting down does not have anything to do with hdd errors unless it tell you there was hard disk error

if computer shuts down in like a second or two, you might have a problem with the power supply unit, or the power cord that goes to the computer is loose in the tower or on the wall socket.

if the computer shuts down normally i.e. windows displaying "windows is shutting down" massage that you would get when you normally shut down pc...then you might wanna check your power plan option from the control panel. disable any hibernation/shut down options.
go to control panel, go to power option, go to edit this power option..
you should see if you have selected to shut down the computer after a given time...select this to never and it may solve the problem.

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Melting plastic smell/ computer slow and shuts down after about 15mins


Hi there.
The reason you can smell burning plastic and why its shutting down after a short time is because its overheating. This can be caused by a build up of dust on the CPU fan, overtime with dust build up computers struggle to keep themselves cool and tend to shut down unexpectedly, chances are this is the problem with your machine, my advice would be to remove the power cord, open the side panel of the computer and clean all the dust away from inside the tower, do this with a soft, clean paintbrush making sure you remove the dust carefully and gently, also make sure the CPU fan and the heat sync behind it is completely free of dust or any other foreign objects.
Once you are happy that its clear of dust, close or return the side panel, plug in the power cord and turn the PC on, you may find that the PC will stay on for longer with the smell dramatically reduced.

Please post back with the results and thanks for using FixYa!!

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The visible fan at the top of my tower appears not to be running. Also computer makes a lot of noise and several times when I have turned it on it shuts down. There appears to be a lot of dust on the fan...


. You could try air but if the fan does not work the computer overheats and shuts down to protect itself.

The air won't hurt, but more likely you have a bad fan which is going to require either you or someone to open the cover, go into the computer, remove the fan, buy a new one and put it back in.


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