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Windows 7: Swirl and Clicking sounds

30 Mar 2011   #1
cyberbuzz

Microsoft Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Swirl and Clicking sounds

Hey all! Just wondering if anyone can tell me, or know what this is. My computer every now and then makes a swirling sound and right after there's a clicking sound which usually happen when you access the recycling bin or the curtain drive in my computer. I have even noticed these sound happen during watching a dvd. I have took my pc in to the shop a few times and said they have fixed it. Can anyone give some insight on why these sound must persist on happening. I know there coming from the hardrive/s the pc freezes until the swirling & clicking stop.

Thank in advance


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30 Mar 2011   #2
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

It's rather logical to assume that any such sound is coming from something that has moving parts. There are two things with moving parts - hard drives and fans. Nothing else creates such noise.

Now, the worst-case scenario - clicking sound coming from your hard drive. This is usually a sign of impending failure. If I were you, I would back up all important data immediately and start looking for a new hard drive. I would back up even if I were not sure about this being a hard drive problem.

Swirling sounds can come from dirty fans. My guess is, your computer shop basically just cleaned your fans (maybe). You can do it yourself, just do not remove the heatsink from the CPU, then you'll have to deal with the thermal paste, nothing you want to get in to, I suppose.

So, my advice is this: back up your data immediately and try to clean the dust from inside the PC. After that, you can troubleshoot your problem by removing (unplugging) components one by one. If you have only one hard drive, then you can use a Live CD to boot up your PC even with hard drive unplugged - your purpose would be to listen to the fan noise and try to decide whether your problem is fans or hard drive.
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30 Mar 2011   #3
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

Could it be a sound theme? :

Start, control panel, sound, sounds tab, sound scheme, note what the current scheme is, and then select no sounds from the drop down list.

If the 'swirl click' goes, that's what it was. replace with a sound scheme of your choice (or not)
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30 Mar 2011   #4
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Well, it's very easy to check for the sound scheme - just turn off the speakers and see if the sounds disappear. However, if the sounds come from the sound scheme, then the PC should not freeze while playing them. If that's nevertheless the case then you need to look closely at your sound card and the related drivers.
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30 Mar 2011   #5
cyberbuzz

Microsoft Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

How did sound scheme get involved? lol! The swirling sound and clicking comes from the tower not the speakers.
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30 Mar 2011   #6
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyberbuzz View Post
How did sound scheme get involved? lol! The swirling sound and clicking comes from the tower not the speakers.
Well, that was just a suggestion fafhrd made. And indeed some sound schemes can be described as "swirling" and "clicking". But as I said above, if this does not seem to be your problem, then backing up, cleaning and further troubleshooting is in order (see my post #2 above).
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30 Mar 2011   #7
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

I only suggested it because the stereo output/dsp on one of my systems did exactly that - made the fairly low system sounds that had been installed with the display theme appear to come from elsewhere in the room - it was really quite eerie.
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30 Mar 2011   #8
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Download the test tool from Seagate here.
SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

Also download and save the pdf file instructions at the bottom of the above page so you know how to use the tool.
Your HD may be going bad.

Mike
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30 Mar 2011   #9
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

I'd suspect a fan....and when the heat goes up it causes the freeze...
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30 Mar 2011   #10
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
There are two things with moving parts - hard drives and fans. Nothing else creates such noise.
Don't forget: CD/DVD drive.

It would be great to get a better description of "whirring noise".
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