Constant Clicking Noise

Hewlett-packard / M8100n
July 7, 2009 at 20:25:06
Specs: Windows Vista
Very randomly the other day, my computer started making a clicking noise. It's very light and happens every 3-5 seconds, but seems to get faster if my computer is "thinking". My computer is going slower than normal, as well.

I've read that this could be the hard drive failing, but I tested it and it came back with no errors. I've also read that the clicking noises are different than the ones I'm hearing. They are light and almost sound like someone tapping the keyboard keys with their nails, but it's definitely coming from inside the computer. Any help would be appreciated!

I'm backing up my important files now, just in case.

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July 7, 2009 at 20:26:36
How did you test the HDD? Did you open the case to see if anything is loose?

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July 7, 2009 at 20:43:46
I'm about to run a diagnostic on the HD using the Samsung tool. I haven't opened it because I'm not sure how! Someone also told me it may be my fan trying to click on and there's too much dust inside. Is there a manual that would tell me how to open it up?

The computer is only two years old, I'm not sure why it would be breaking down already. :(

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July 7, 2009 at 21:09:09
A computer is like a vacuum. It's constantly sucking in air to be used for cooling. But at the same time, it's also sucking in dust, fur, hair, etc that can accumulate inside. I usually clean my case about every month or 2.

"I haven't opened it because I'm not sure how!"

It's pretty simple. All you need to do is remove the left side panel (when facing the front of the case). Make sure the PC is off & unplugged. There should be 2 screws in the back that need to be removed, then the panel will slide off. Go to the following link & scroll down about 1/4 of the'll see how it's done.

BTW, do NOT use a vacuum inside the case. The static charge that builds up in the hose can damage the electronics. Instead, use compressed air to blow the dust out.

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