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Ticking sound My pc won't boot. Black screen. I have removed the video card, ram and disconnected ide hdd, cdrom and floppy and it's still the same. Sounds like it's coming from onboard speaker.

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  • monty1953 May 13, 2008

    It's an Optiplex GX270. It's a ticking sound not a beep. One tick every second consistantly and never stops until you power off.

  • duggieburger Jan 27, 2009

    I have the same ticking sound.. its coming from the small speaker on the mother board.. just a blank screen on power up.. goes right into this ticking sound.. Not beeps so no beep codes.. never stops.. ticks about every second..



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Does the noise sound like this? Click Shhhhhp Click Shhhhp repeating in a ryhthmic fashion? If it does and you have an IBM/Hitatchi Deskstar hard drive then you have what is known as the "click of death" meaning that the hard drive has bit the dust. I have never been able to recover from this on those drives.
If this is not it then look at this.
With no video output and being that the Optiplex GX270 was in the run of "bad capacitor" mobos you may have blown capacitors on your motherboard. Open the case and look at all of the capacitors that have a "+" or "X" on them. They should be perfectly flat and not bulged at the top or leaking any stuff. DELL, along with other PC manufacturers got bit by a cheap company that sold cheap capacitors that were faultily manufactured. If any of them are bad then your computer will not work right.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

  • computerscot Mar 11, 2009

    Capacitors look like little tiny soda cans. Just look at the top of them. They should be flat.


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U must tell me that the which type of sound is this. eg.- 1beep, 2beep, 3beep, 1long 1short or 1 long.
and ur motherboard and processor's name.................

Posted on May 13, 2008


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