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Windows 7: Thumping Sound coming from Tower

26 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Thumping Sound coming from Tower


Last night after stupidly performing a hard shut down (held the power button for about 5 seconds), I turned my computer on this morning to hear a strange thumping sound coming from my tower. I run Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with a Seagate (I think, I can't quite remember) hard drive with 720 GB, and the three options that I see are as follows.

1. Something in the CD tray. Obviously it's the easiest fix, and the one I'm hoping for.
2. A fan is going weird. The only one that I can think of that could make a sound that loud is the large fan at the back. If I remember correctly, it's the one responsible for cooling the whole tower (I really hope it isn't this).
3. Hard drive is fried from the hard shut down. I really sincerely hope it isn't this one, as I feel that there wouldn't be any help besides back up and go to a computer store.

I'm not quite sure how to describe the sound other than a "thump thump thump" or a "wub wub wub wub" sound. My computer's specs are as follows.

720 GB SATA hard drive
ASUS Motherboard (can't remember the model number and don't have access to it right now) **It is an all-in-one motherboard, so my video and sound cards are included with it.
Intel Processor running at 2.7 GHz (can't remember the model number and don't have access to it right now)

As a final note, this is a home-built computer. As such, I have no store warranty or company to turn to for reimbursements or replacements.

Thank you very much for your help!


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26 Mar 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

A "wub wub wub" description implies a rotational component to the noise.

The only moving components in a PC are hard drive discs, fans, and any discs that may be in CD/DVD drive.

You should be able to locate the noise source by process of elimination. Open the case and get your ear close to anything that should be rotating.

You can stop the fans for a second or two by hand to see if the noise disappears when stopped. Fans may be located on the case, video card, or power supply.

If there is no rotational component, then that implies some sort of electrical noise, but that doesn't really fit your description.
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