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P.C. does a lot of grinding noises at startup

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by iwant2no, Mar 8, 2005.

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  1. iwant2no

    iwant2no Thread Starter

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    Hi all , Is there any way to find out what is going on within my PC when I login to windows ME . There is a lot of low grinding noises while the little hour glass symbol is keeping company with my cursor.
     
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    iwant2no Thread Starter

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  3. smeegle

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    Iwant2no, if you don't get an answer soon, click on the red triangle in the right corner and request that a moderator move your thread to Hardware or Windows ME.
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    Hi and welcome, I've moved you to the hardware forums.

    You have a hard drive that is on it's last leg. If you can backup anything important, do so now.
     
  5. JSanguancheu

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    Yes, it sounds like the harddrive is about to die a quick death. Backup all important data to CDR or DVD or something ASAP and then order a new HD.

    TIP: I believe Compusa is selling an 80Gb HD for $29 this week after rebates. :)
     
  6. winbob

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    I wouldn't jump to any conclusions about which component is groaning in complaint until the case was opened, and a careful ear was placed close by!

    A cheaper problem might be a bad fan?
     
  7. ctuna

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    A good trick to locate a noise, is to use a long bladed screwdriver and hold the handle in your ear, and place the tip of the blade on the item you are checking.
    Be careful that you don't hit the mother board or other electronic components.
     
  8. Raijin Z

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    It could just be that there's a wire jammed in a fan... I've seen one slow down a CPU fan to the point where the system would heat-crash almost immediately after getting to the first Win logo.... but it's not terribly likely.
     
  9. winbob

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    Ctuna,

    So you want to get tricky, eh :D

    A safer way us ole shade tree mechanics use is a short section of hose or tubing. Stick one end in your ear and the other end where the sun don't shine....I mean near the component you wish to check :p
     
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