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Computer making fast grinding noise

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ACA529, Jan 29, 2012.

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  1. ACA529

    ACA529 Thread Starter

    Nov 15, 2005
    Hi all,

    I just recently built a new PC (back in December) and today it made a weird loud grinding/spinning noise. I immediately powered it down, and now it is running OK. There was no burning smell or anything like that. I'm concerned though. It has never done this before, and I'm not sure what component caused it. It kind of sounded like the DVD rom drive, but there was nothing in the drive. The DVD drive does make weird noises when a disc is put in or when it's reading, but I don't know why it would have this time before no disc was inserted. The case (coolmaster centurion) does have two fans built in, one in the front and one in the back. But they are usually quiet.

    Specs are:

    Mobo: MSI P67A-G43 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155

    CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

    RAM: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600

    Video card: Radeon HD 6950 2GB

    HD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA3

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W

    Please help.


    EDIT: Actually, IIRC I have heard this sound before under a previous configuration. Could it be one of the case fans? I'm surprised because of how loud it was.
  2. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Dec 9, 2004
    Check Event Viewer for any errors.
  3. ACA529

    ACA529 Thread Starter

    Nov 15, 2005
    No hardware errors. Just critical Kernal-Power?

    Many thanks
  4. Tanis


    May 29, 2006
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    From your description the first things I would check would be the case fans. It could be a fan failing or something as simple as a cable inside that just moved enough to touch the fan blades. There aren't that many mechanical moving parts and from your description it definately sounds like a mechanical problem.

    Ensure all your internal cables are tidy and cable tied away from any fans etc.
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