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    Click-click sound on pc boot

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    by tembss ·

    When I switch on the PC, I get a continuous click-click-click sound. When I press and hold the reset button, the click-click sound stops and the boot-up process only goes as far as reading the CD-ROM and then stops. When I let go of the reset button, the click-click sound continues. I suspect the motherboard, but am not sure.

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    • #3129632

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      by tembss ·

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      I forgot to add that I am using P4 Intel Celeron with 512MB RAM, with two 40GB HDD.

    • #3129600

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      by 3xp3rt ·

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      The sounds you heard are error code. If this is continues it?s a big trouble.
      For example if you don?t have a video adapter you must heard 3 beeps.
      But there are no error codes with continues sounds. I think it?s come from memory.
      Try to change your memory module and see what?s happened. I suppose your BIOS settings are OK.

    • #3129599

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      by 3xp3rt ·

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      The sounds you heard are error code. If this is continues it?s a big trouble.
      For example if you don?t have a video adapter you must heard 3 beeps.
      But there are no error codes with continues sounds. I think it?s come from memory.
      Try to change your memory module and see what?s happened. I suppose your BIOS settings are OK.

    • #3129598

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      by 3xp3rt ·

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      The sounds you heard are error code. If this is continues it?s a big trouble.
      For example if you don?t have a video adapter you must heard 3 beeps.
      But there are no error codes with continues sounds. I think it?s come from memory.
      Try to change your memory module and see what?s happened. I suppose your BIOS settings are OK.

    • #3129577

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      by hal 9000 ·

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      The only Error sound like that is a sticking key on the keyboard, if you swap out the keyboard and the sound remains you have a bigger problem that you are describing here.

      There is one other possibility and while I suppose it can sort of be described as a clicking sound is when a HDD goes bad and the heads fly from one end of their travel to the other end they do make a similar sort of sound though it is quite different. First check the speaker plugged onto the M’Board to see if that is where the noise is coming from and if it isn’t then download the testing utility for your HDD/s and test these from DOS to make sure that they are OK. I’ve recently seen a couple of examples where the SMARt services don’t report potential errors and the drives fail but show that the SMART is properly activated.

      Col

    • #3126740

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      by info ·

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      If you are hearing clicking sounds, yes it most likely is the hard drive. If the data on the non-booting hard drive has any value to you, remove it and get another drive with the same specs. You’ll be able to tell what you need if you took it in to your nearest Computer hardware reseller and showed the salesperson or PC tech your hard drive. If you buy or get another one, be sure to copy the jumper setting,(the plastic little piece on the end of the drive) to the new drive, which most likely will be a Master setting, then move the jumper on the old drive to the Slave settingn then plug the cable in to the new drive, preferably on the second from the top on the ‘short’ end, then plug the 4 pin (White)power plug into the 4 pin male on the drive. Reinstall the operating system on the new drive. After the new OS is installed and working, plug the old drive into the second connector and plug the power plug in, too. Reboot computer and press either the F1 key, F2 key, or the Delete key after pressing the Power button on the computer. This will bring you into the Setup or BIOS of the Computer. Now scroll thru the menus until you get to a page or menu item that says Boot or Startup options. Make sure the new hard drive is enabled to sart first then the old one and CD ROM last. Then look for a menu or page that says ‘Save Settings’ Click the setting that says Save or Save and Exit. Then let the computer reboot and go into the OS. Log on and go to where the drives are listed. You’ll probably see several drives, but the old drive will may or may not show up. You can ‘Explore” the drives and see if you recognize the “old” data on the “old” drive, and there you can drag and drop from the old tho the new drive. This may or may not work, depending on the severity of the unbootable or non-accessible old drive.

      NOTE: Make sure the power to the computer is off during all of the removal and replacement of the cables/plugs.

    • #3126501

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      by ozi eagle ·

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      Hi,
      It could be that one of your fans is on the way out.

      Open the case and very brifly stop each fan. If the noise stops when a particular fan is stopped, then that fan needs replacing.

    • #3130398

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      by adrianfoot ·

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      I think it may well be the hard disk gone, which is consistent with only booting from the CDROM.
      If you can get in to dos, do an FDISK and if this doesn’t work it will be because there is no hard disk detected.
      Also you can go in to bios setup on your way by pressing del or whatever and checking if there is a hard disk setup or autodetected 🙂
      That is what I would do about a click click first

    • #3130397

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      by tembss ·

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      I would like to add that, the pc boot does not even get to the screen where I see the disk configuration, i.e., the listing of the number of disk drives and cd-rom drives etc that I have. The screen does not even come on. I have a back-up drive that I connect and tried to reboot, but I kept on getting the click sound. When I disconnected all the drives (HDD’s and CD-drives and floppy) the sound is not there, but my HDD led light keeps flicking in the tempo of the click sound – and so does the fan of the cpu. I even bought 256k of DIMM and tested, but it still would not work.

    • #3130391

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      by dkuchins ·

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      Hard Drive

    • #3130372

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      by gpmcdonald ·

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      Had the exact same problem on a Dell Optiplex GX270 just the other day. Same symptoms, same clicking, same flickering of the power and drive light. The clicking was the floppy drive. The problem turned out to be a bad power supply. After replacement, everything worked fine.

    • #3130371

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      by nzimmerman67 ·

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      The clicking is probably the heads on the drive.
      I would back up data asap and look at a new drive!

    • #3130370

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      by wmarr ·

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      I have experienced this problem personally on occasion with other clients computers. It certainly sounds like the hard drive has failed since it will only recognize the other drives. Not all is lost though. You need to install a new drive, set the jumpers on the new one to master (but not for a single drive), connect the “failed” drive to the second connector on the ribbon wire that connects your new drive. Set jumpers for either slave or to cable select (csl). Restart the computer, install your Operating system, then see if your old drive is visible in “my computer”. If not, turn off computer, remove “failed drive”, tap with hammer(can’t do any more harm than is already done), reinstall it, start computer again, and see if your bios will “mount” the failed drive. If not send me a private email, and I will make arrangements to at least get your data off it.

    • #3130323

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      by dejoy ·

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      To keep it short & sweet…

      Sounds like your HDD is dead. When powered on, do you see and LED lit? If so, then it’s, more than likely, good. Have you tried another HDD? If not, try another one, that will boot your OS, of course. If it does, then you found the culprit.

    • #3130320

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      by dejoy ·

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      To keep it short & sweet…

      Sounds like your HDD is dead. When powered on, do you see an LED lit on the motherboard? If so, then it’s, more than likely, good. Have you tried another HDD? If not, try another one, that will boot your OS, of course. If it does, then you found the culprit.

    • #3130204

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      by vijai1.geo ·

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      That sound is coming from the hard drive with the boot sector. Start PC with a boot disk, at command prompt type in chkdsk/f/r. Run that on both HDD’s. Then perform a defrag.
      That will help but its an indication that your drive is going bad.

    • #3124497

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      by dejoy ·

      In reply to Click-click sound on pc boot

      To keep it short & sweet…

      Sounds like your HDD is dead. When powered on, do you see an LED lit on the motherboard? If so, then it’s, more than likely, good. Have you tried another HDD? If not, try another one, that will boot your OS, of course. If it does, then you found the culprit.

    • #3124436

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      by bob ·

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      The most common piece of hardware that can cause click, click etc is the power supply. If the voltage out is low it cannot supply the current required. If you have a spare try that, if not buy one as a test for all PC’s that go wrong.

    • #3124318

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      by the_nomad ·

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      Hello. Weeks ago a friend told me that is pc went dead. The power supply died. I changed it, and it happened the same thing. It was the motherboard, a friend of mine tested with another processor and the problem still was there. Try to test your mb with other processor or vice-versa.
      See ya.

      • #3082231

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        by tembss ·

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        Hi. Just like I had suspected in my post, the MB was the problem. I bought a new MB, and a power supply (just in case..). I tested the new power supply with the old MB and it still gave me the beeps. Then I tried the new MB with the old power supply and .. no beeps. Well, since your answer was the closest… you get the points…

    • #3197813

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      by rajuegypt ·

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      as per the majority votes to replace your hard disk, Please check your bootable hard drive in another computer before you plan to buy.

      I am sure your hard drive is tick-tick-tick instead of click-click-click. Tick is certainly a damaged hard drive.

      Good Luck

    • #3197812

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      by rajuegypt ·

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      as per the majority votes to replace your hard disk, Please check your bootable hard drive in another computer before you plan to buy.

      I am sure your hard drive is tick-tick-tick instead of click-click-click. Tick is certainly a damaged hard drive.

      Good Luck

    • #3127381

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      by siifred ·

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      From all the previous answers, you can see that it is clearly a hardware problem. As a few have answered that, the number of beeps tells you where the error is. Without being able to boot up at all makes these more difficult.
      My suggestion if you are still not sure of which item is the problem, remove any PCI cards (like Network cards), any upgrades like a new graphics card, and replace with the old one. You can start a system without any monitor, mouse, and keyboard. If you have a USB keyboard, see if you can find one that is not that you can directly connect in the system. USB keyboard does not work until those drivers are loaded.
      See if you can get at least the system to stop beeping or to where the system will give you a countable number of beeps. (If you search, you can get the list of beep errors for your system). There is still a lot that you can to go from here. Ensure you keep notes if you need to disassemble the system down. Documentation is the key to reassembling it.

    • #3127349

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      by gary55 ·

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      You dont say if the sound comes from the speaker or internal in the PC cover.
      If the click sound comes through the speaker it could be a sticky key.
      If from the PC case – could be HDD fail

    • #3082230

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      by tembss ·

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