clicking noise from desktop on boot-up

October 16, 2017 at 16:03:49
Specs: Windows 7
Well this is 2017 October now and I am experiencing the same thing.
It is the power supply.
Earlier my Windows 7 desktop installed an update right after booting up. The problem is: I did not update and update was turned off. For protection I have Kaspersky.
So then I have checked ipconfig and there is a Microsoft virtual adapter in there....I have disabled that.
Then on the boot up process I have the sound something is trying to connect to somewhere.
When boot process is finished it is quiet.
My thinking is this: there is a nasty driver that loads a "networking" device to connect via power line. Where to? The Smart meter....
Some network geek should look into this one and analyze or catch data flow so we would know: how Microsoft is getting to our life.

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October 16, 2017 at 18:59:09
Why would you think a clicking noise has anything to do with networking? And what does that have to do with the power supply?

A networking device connected via the power line? No such device exists internally, on a computer. There are devices which let you run network signals through the A.C. power but that's an external device and wouldn't cause your computer to make clicking sounds.

Open the case up and listen to where the clicking is coming from. Speculating is not your forte.

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October 16, 2017 at 20:58:46
Do you have a DVD drive? Internal or external?
Clicking could just be accessing the DVD drive during POST and possibly during Windows Boot.

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October 16, 2017 at 21:03:03
Clicking is more likely a hard drive that is going because it does have a moving a part.
Clicking MIGHT come from a power supply if it is a cheap one (but less likely) and then is probably also in trouble.
Clicking might come from a fan if wires are too close to it or its bearings are going.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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October 17, 2017 at 00:46:36
Top of my list would be that hard drive is playing up... This presumes it's not an ssd device of course.

I'd ensure that any important personal files are duplicated to external storage... Ideally an external hard drive, and/or DVD too. Verify the copies are accessible too and then store safely. Ideally use both types of dup,icate storage media.

Then replace the internal drive.... and maitain rhe practice of duplicating files as above...

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