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What's That Sound? Identifying Common Hardware Problems

By mnovak

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If you notice odd and unusually loud sounds coming from your computer, be advised that they can, and most likely do, mean there's something going on inside of it. But don't panic just yet.

By carefully listening to the sounds the computer makes, you can easily determine whether the situation is serious and what might be its source. Identifying the source of the problem before further damage to your computer is done might, for example, give you a chance to backup all of the important data should the hard drive be the part that's going down.

Most commonly encountered hardware issues are indicated by sounds very easy identifiable. Reading the short tutorial below will help you track down the malfunctioning device in no time at all.

1. Whirring Cooling Fan

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Computer cooling will probably be the first issue your machine encounters simply because it's a component which gets dirty very fast during even moderate everyday computer usage. If you hear loud whirring sounds and your computer often turns off all on its own, this might indicate that the cooling fan is clogged up with dust, which causes the computer to shut down to prevent motherboard from overheating.

However, if you hear that cooling fan rattles as if something was obstructing its movement, it might be a sign that, either one of the cables inside of your machine is getting in the way of the fan's wings, or that ball bearings of your cooling fan need to be replaced.

Luckily, our Geeks can deal with all of these problems professionally and in a timely manner so that you can work on your computer again as soon as possible.

Remember: never ignore bad cooling issues because the longer the electronic components of your computer overheat, the faster your machine will finally give up. To check the temperatures of your machine you can download applications like SpeedFan, which is easy to use and incredibly useful.

2. Dangerously Chirping Hard Drive

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With the increasing popularity of solid-state drives (SSD), hard drives (HDD) are becoming more and more obsolete. However, the number of computers running on HDDs, is still very high - a trend which is likely to continue for at least a couple of years more. This means that HDD owners have to listen carefully to what their HDDs have to say before they equip their machines with SSDs.

HDDs are quite durable, but they are extremely susceptible to the passage of time, and when there's something wrong with them, you will know, for they can be very audible when there's an issue.

If you hear increased rattling, clicking, crackling, or chirping sounds coming from your computer, DON'T ignore them, for if you do, you risk losing all of your data.

You can always check the condition of your hard drive by installing programs such as HD Tune. HD Tune can retrieve SMART data from your HDD, check the drive's performance, and scan it for errors, all of which allows you to see whether there's anything to worry about.

When a disaster happens and your computer won't turn on no matter how hard you try, don't fret it! Our Geeks are skilled in resurrecting broken hardware. Even if the situation is serious, we can still successfully recover the data written to your hard drive.

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