background ticking noise in win 7

April 1, 2011 at 06:48:00
Specs: Windows 7
I have just developed an annoying regular ticking noise that continues regardless of any other sounds being played. Any suggestions on how to get rid of it?

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April 1, 2011 at 09:41:03
You need to evaluate where the sound is coming from.
If it is coming from your speakers, you will need to evaluate if it is originating in a particular program (Shut down processes) or sound card/sound circuit or if updating your driver will fix this. If your built in sound is bad, a sound card is not too expensive.
If your sound is coming from inside your system's case, you need to evaluate if it is from a fan (bad fan, dust clogged, or part/wire touching fan) or if the sound is coming from your hard drive (VERY BAD). If the sound is coming from your hard drive, back up your files immediately to a separate drive without hesitation (it is possible that if it is far enough gone that if you shut it down, it may not start up again). If the hard drive is going, purchase a new one ASAP and copy an image of the entire drive onto the new one. This will save you from having to reload Windows, your drivers, all updates, your programs, and your backed up files. The hard drive manufacturer includes (in package or as a download online) software to do this cloning of your original drive. (I prefer Western Digital drives personally)

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

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