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Click-click sound on pc boot

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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by tembss In reply to Click-click sound on pc b ...

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

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Click-click sound on pc b ...

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.

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Sorry for multiple answer but today I have an Internet speed problem.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Click-click sound on pc b ...

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.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Click-click sound on pc b ...

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.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Click-click sound on pc b ...

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.

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by info In reply to Click-click sound on pc b ...

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.

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by ozi Eagle In reply to Click-click sound on pc b ...

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.

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by adrianfoot In reply to Click-click sound on pc b ...

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

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by tembss In reply to Click-click sound on pc b ...

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.

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