Strange Clicking Noise?

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  1. 23qwerty

    23qwerty New Member Bronze Member

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    A few months ago something in my computer was making a constant clicking noise but it eventually went away after a week or so.

    Now in the past few days it's been making the noise again.

    I've opened up the computer and stopped the fans to see if it was those, I've unplugged the HDD and that wasn't it.

    Is it possible it's the Video Card? It sounds like it might be coming from it.

    It's an nVidia GeForce 7500 LE.

    I suppose it's time to get a new one anyway, this might make me more inclined to though.

    I've recorded an MP3 of it.
    Clicking.mp3 download - Plunder

    Help would be much appreciated :)
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    Sounds like you have a wire or something stuck in a fan. If you have fans on your video card check them since you say it sounds like it's coming from it. Also check any housing around any fans to see if the fans hitting it.
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    According to my study manual if the clicking isn't from a fan then most likely it is from your hard drive(s).

    Run chkdsk to check for errors on the hard drive by clicking Start > Run > type in cmd > press Enter

    Then type in ckdsk x: /f /r and press Enter

    Where x is the letter of your hard drive

    Zip ties / cable ties are useful for tidying up the cables inside a PC and are very cheap. Tidied cables improve the airflow which keeps components cooler and in theory makes them last longer.

    It also avoids the chances of cables falling into the fans.

    I would say that if it is a fan then it would have to be a case fan because if it was your heatsink fan stopping and starting it would cause noticeable problems.
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    I'll try that now I guess.

    I've unplugged my hard drive and booted up the computer and it still made the noise which leads me to believe it can't be the hard drive.
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    Could also be a CD/disc in the CD/DVD drive or just the laser on the CD/DVD drive.

    Try unplugging the molex (4 pin) power connector from the disc drive and see if that stops the clicking.
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    So I took out my Video Card and cleared the dust out of it's fan.

    Looks like there's a piece of plastic that the fan hits...

    [​IMG]

    Looks like there might not be any solution to it and the only way to save my sanity would be to get a new Video Card.

    For around $100-125 what would be the best option?
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    I can't really tell from the photo what the piece is, but if it doesn't appear to hold anything in place or do anything important, just use a nail file and file it down enough so that it doesn't hit it. That shouldn't hurt it at all.
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    It appears to hold wires in place..
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    If you can, tighten the plastic piece down a little. If you need to, file it down a bit. That shouldn't be any problem since all it's doing is holding wires down.
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    I've tightened down the plastic piece and the Video Card doesn't make noise anymore which is good...
    But now I think the Video Card is malfunctioning, Windows Aero won't work, I need to use default Windows scheme (which is gross), in the Nvidia Control Panel the GPU Core Clock shows up as 0 MHz.

    I can play Mass Effect 2 just as well as I could before though...
    Any ideas?
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    Try uninstalling and reinstalling your drivers. Before you do that, download and install driver sweeper from the link in my sig. Then uninstall your drivers through add/remove programs and reboot in to safe mode. In safe mode run driver sweeper and check the nvidia display drivers box only and click analyze and then clean. Reboot and then reinstall your video drivers.
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    That seems to have worked. Thanks!
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    glad you got your issue fixed, marked as solved:)
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    You're welcome. Glad I could help.
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