|Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard. |
The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site.
The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.
"This weekend my computer started making a clicky
That may be coming from the hard drive, and may indicate it's starting to fail, but some hard drive models do that automatically once in a while.
If this is a laptop computer, it's probably coming from the hard drive.
If this is adesktop computer, it could be coming from the hard drive or from something else.
If it clicks only once or only a few times, then does not click for a long time, then the clicks may be normal.
It it clicks over and over again for a while, in aseemingly random pattern, the hard drive may be failing.
However, lots of things can make a computer stop responding, and most of them are not caused by harware problems.
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.
If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
The model and sometimes the make of your hard drive is shown in Device Manager.
(RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Disk Drives.)
If the make is not shown, use the model number to search with on the web to find it's make (manufacturer).
If you have more than one hard drive, confirm which model it is that has Windows on it.
E.g. Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Mangement.
RIGHT click on the drive title - Disk 0 etc. - that has the Windows partition on it - it's usually C - Properties - the model is displayed there.