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N88TR

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#1 11 years ago

So I just got back to the dorms [nothing was stolen over the break, lol.] and powered on my tower, ready to install UT3 that I just bought. I hear the normal 3 clicks coming from one of my HDs, a sign that one is dying. I've had 3 HDs, all WesternDigitals, die over the past year. I don't know why they keep dying. Anyway, I hear the 3 clicks, then a VERY loud roaring noise. The sound is FAR louder than anything I hear from my computer on any occasion. If I had to guess, it's coming from my PSU [Thermaltake 650 watts], but my HDs are also in that same area, a few inches below my PSU.

I'll had to manually switch [on the back of the tower] off the computer, not waiting to see if it would boot up. Luckily, before I left for the break, I backed up all my data on a FreeAgent 500 gig unit.

What could the sound be, do you think?




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#2 11 years ago

Was the noise the UT3 CD? I'd make sure that's still intact :p You can use a paper clip to open the CD tray by unbending it and pushing it into a small hole in the front of the drive. That allows you to open the tray without booting the computer if you're afraid of that.

If not, just check all your fans for dust.

Also try booting with only one HD to find which is causing the noise if you're brave enough.




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#3 11 years ago

No, I powered on and the noise just happened and it scared me so I powered the tower off; I never had a chance to insert the disc.

EDIT: I'll disconnect my secondary drive since I don't boot from it and see if it still happens, but if the problem is with the primary drive [could it be making that sound because the drive itself is dead and the computer is still trying to load?], it's been a long time since I reformatted...and I don't have an XP cd anymore.




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#4 11 years ago

Right, if you think its the PSU unplug it from everything other than the motherboard and see what happens when you turn it on.

If it makes the noise its the PSU and you need a replacement, otherwise its a component and you can keep connecting things until you find out which one it was.




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#5 11 years ago

Well this is fucking weird...I power it on and it's all fine again!

The screen was full of grey text saying Windows had some problems and it let me select either Safe or Normal mode. I select Normal and all seems fine, no irregular sounds or anything.

Now I'm really scared....wtf is going on?




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#6 11 years ago

n88tr;4055669Well this is fucking weird...I power it on and it's all fine again!

The screen was full of grey text saying Windows had some problems and it let me select either Safe or Normal mode. I select Normal and all seems fine, no irregular sounds or anything.

Now I'm really scared....wtf is going on?

You have some hardware probleme there but is good is working fine now




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#7 11 years ago

Genius...I just posted that.

You remind me of people in my english classes...I say something and really hit the proverbial nail on the head, making a lot of sense and the instructor appreciates my comments. Then some of my dumbass classmates reverse the order of my words, add in a few adjectives and they get the same credit as I did, originally answering the instructors question posed to us, but all they did it with minimal effort. I hate those fucking leeches, and they're everywhere.




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#8 11 years ago

what kind of case do you have, ive never seen a case with the hard drives right by the PSU




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#9 11 years ago

PSU is under the HDD's I think. I've seen cases like that.




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#10 11 years ago

And of course the HDs can be easily moved into any slot, the PSU is rather stationary, and pretty much always in the back of the tower. I used to have my HDs right below my optical drives, near the front of the case but I wanted to minimize the heat so I put my HDs at the rear, near the larger fans.