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Old September 18, 2013, 10:12 AM
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Default Computer Keeps Making a Ticking Noise

As soon as I boot up my rig a loud ticking noise begins, it never ceases until I turn the computer off. It does not seem to affect performance, it is just kind of annoying if I don't have any music on.

I opened up the case to take a look, thinking it might be one of my fans hitting a cord over and over again, but nothing seemed to be obstructing any of the fans in the case.

Anyone have any ideas?
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Old September 18, 2013, 10:22 AM
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Get something relatively soft and flexible (like a piece of rope etc...... ) to touch onto the center spindle of your fans in order to momentarily stop them (or just slow them down). If you stop a fan from spinning and the noise stops then you've found your culprit. (Don't forget gpu fans).
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Old September 18, 2013, 10:25 AM
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That is a great idea, I will try that tonight. Thank you.
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Old September 18, 2013, 10:26 AM
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I always use the tip of my finger, but I suppose a rope would work, too.
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Old September 18, 2013, 10:31 AM
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I always use the tip of my finger, but I suppose a rope would work, too.
Heh... I do to, but I sure as heck am not going to recommend that somebody stick their finger onto/into a moving fan without knowing for sure what RPM / power it is..... :)
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LOL, Yeah, I suppose the finger is okay if it's your own finger, and you know better. Good point.
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most likely a fan. I know i can use my finger to stop a fan from spinning but not everyone can do this .
sometimes on my pc the fan on the outside might pull in paper tha tis enar buy whch makes noise lol it has happened to me on occasion after I have printed out something and then forget about the printer paper
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Get something relatively soft and flexible (like a piece of rope etc...... ) to touch onto the center spindle of your fans in order to momentarily stop them (or just slow them down). If you stop a fan from spinning and the noise stops then you've found your culprit. (Don't forget gpu fans).
other is failing HDD but rope won't work. boot in safemode and use a hose in ear to locate sound
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If its ticking its got to be a fan or the hard drive....hopefully a fan.

Is it constant or random?
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