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Tower making big grinding noise?

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  1. ushy86 New Member

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    Hi guys, ok so recently my tower has been making this big grinding/riving noise. And i have to give the tower a little love tap fevery so often or it to stop. Are these signs of the HD giving out or a heat sink? I tried to listen in closely and cant really tell where it is coming from, but it does seem to be from the front of the case. :confused:

    Specs:
    P4 3.0ghz
    Intel d865gbfl series mobo
    450w ps
    90g maxtor hd
    visiontek hd 2600xt 512mb
    2g pc3200 ddr400 kingston ram
    xp pro

    Feedback appreciated, thanks for your time.
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    The Maxtor, do you know if it's a rebadged Seagate?

    Do you have any fans at the bottom front of your case?
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    UMM i couldnt tell you for sure, i know the hd is atleast 4 yrs old. I dont have any fans at the bottom of the case really, 1 is pretty much on the side panel, 2 on the back under the PS.
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    I'd make sure fans aren't hitting cables before thinking about a dead hard drive :).
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    make sure no PSU wires are hitting the HSF on your cpu
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    its definetly not cables hitting the fans :mad: The noise is unbareble. Could it be the PS ? The noise seems to be coming from the upper area from what i can tell.
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    If I were you, I'd turn off your computer, unplug ONE component, turn it on, and see if the noise is gone. This includes hard drives, optical drives, fans, etc. If noise is still there, repeat process until you've found the problem

    Oh, and try not to let it boot into Windows (enter "setup" instead), and ONLY UNPLUG STUFF WHEN THE COMPUTER IS OFF.

    Good luck :).
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    Thanks for all the quick replies guys, but i guess this was my fault, i just cleaned out a clog of dust out of the power sup's fan LOL. Anyways problem is solved, "for now", i feel silly :laugh:
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    You might as well clean out dust from everything else while you're at it. :)
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    haha yeah i did, :) had to own it a little!
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    at least it was nothing big :p
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    Definitely, I was starting to think your hdd was dying! :eek:
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    take the cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels and put it to your ear, it works like a sound tunnel and blocks out other noises so you only hear what you point it at. this will let you pinpoint the exact location of the noise.

    my guess is it is a case fan, they can humm, chirp, squeal, grind, whine, and growl when the bearings start going out but most times if given a light tap it makes them silent again.
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    lol well bad news, after 6 hrs of quiet, the noise came back, i will try the roll technique after it acts up again.:rockout:
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    Well, it could be the hard drive... try a different hard drive?
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    I get that sometimes on a cold day during boot up. Probably a bad fan or something.

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