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puter hater

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Ok short and sweet, YEAH Right! But I will try...

I was here posting tonight and the computer made a funny sound. I lost the mouse and everything froze up. I checked the connection and it is fine. I tried to shut down and it wouldn't. So I did the bad thing I unplugged it. It happend twice. On the 3rd time I went to open the case so in case it made the sound again I could figure where it was coming from. But it came to light, I don't know how to open a dell case so I tried to get back on line (to find out how) and now it is STUCK in the opening page just starting to load. It loads about 1/4 the froze. OK so now it stuck and I don't know what to do.
Man, this almost feels like the old days. What a scary thought.
Update... I was able to get the case open. I was able to get to restart but it locked up right away while making a high pitch sound in the case. It is not the heat fan it appears to be working fine.

puter hater


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Hi puter hater,
I would back up any important files NOW just to be safe. When you say heat fan i assume you are referring to the CPU fan. If you have any case fans listen to those as well. Also listen to the power supply fan. If that is not the noise then it very well could be the hard drive. Try a scandisk if you can to see if any errors come up. This will make the hard drive be used for an extended period of time. See if you hear the noise. I think if it is the hard drive there is no fix except to replace it.
 
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High pitched squeal? Sounds like a diode in the power supply went up. Seen this before, power supply went bad. Remember, the power supply supplies different voltages and can be bad and still start the fans and the computer but not power the entire motherboard.
 

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Sounds like you might have a power supply going bad.
Or a hard drive going bad.

With the case open, where does it appear the sound is coming from?
 
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