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Windows 7: PC won't boot, making a clicking noise

27 Jan 2017   #11
Naples Video

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
clicking optical drive at start up no monitor activity

Clicking optical drive along with flashing orange processor light blinking simultaneously with blue light on Blu-ray drive. About 2 clicks a second. No monitor activity just clicking and blinking.

This is an 8-9 year old ADK (love their products btw) video editing bay with Windows 7 / dual processor 24gb ram. All original components except for video card and optical drive.

Turned on one day and heard clicking sound (2 clicks a second) from Blu-ray drive. Positively the optical drive clicking and not the OS drive. The orange processor light on case and blue light on Blu-ray burner would flash simultaneously with click. No monitor activity.

What I did:

After Googling issue I proceeded to:
Removed all ram and compressed air canned all slots
Compressed air canned entire case
Replaced motherboard battery
Disconnected optical drive before a test start up
Tried 2 different keyboards in case of a stuck key

No luck...

What I contemplated next was resetting BIOS by removing motherboard battery for 5 minutes.

But, before I did I:

turned off PC by pressing start button for 5 seconds
pulled a/c plug from wall and had the PC sit an hour
Pressed start button while unplugged for 5 seconds.
Plugged in and pressed start button. It click click clicked for 3 seconds then started up. Couldn't get F1 or F2 to access BIOS unless I wasn't fast enough with the key tapping. After booting the PC works normal.

Unplugging for an hour then it miraculously starting prompted me to narrow it down to a power supply problem. I've read they can weaken as they age. I had nothing to lose so replaced with an EVGA Supernova 1000 G2 80plus gold and like butter it started with no clicks or blinks.

A few months Before the clicking and flashing started I had an incident while in Premiere editing HD 60p. The NVIDIA prompt window popped up and told me the card stopped working.... Really dont remember exactly what it said but after that incident I could not edit 60p without the timeline stuttering forward and backward. That was when the power supply lost a rail or something sinister. I hope this helps out anyone experiencing the same problem I was having. Good luck and stay calm when troubleshooting. There's always a solution out there.

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27 Jan 2017   #12

Windows 7 HP 64

This is what I would do: (I'm considering that you have a small beep speaker on the MB)
- Remove the power cord from the PS and wait 1 min to capacitors discharge
- Disconnect from the MB: Drives (HDD and ODD), all memory, Graphics card, keyboard and mouse.
- Connect the power cord to the PS and press start.
- You should hear 3 beeps (no memory). If you don't, you probably have a problem on the PS, MB or CPU's. Measure the PS voltages. Replace the PS if you don't have a voltmeter.
- If you hear the 3 beeps (no memory), Remove the power cord from the PS and wait 1 min to capacitors discharge, and insert one memory stick. Try to boot.

Computer POST and beep codes
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27 Jan 2017   #13
Naples Video

Windows 7 pro 64 bit

If you closely read my entire post you'll see that my problem was resolved by replacing the PSU. It was a shot in the dark. This post was drafted for future PC users (especially 60P 1080 + 4K editors using CC Adobe Premiere) having issues similar to mine. Thank you for your time in advance.
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27 Jan 2017   #14

Windows 7 HP 64

YES, I did a closely read on your post.
You took a whole page to describe a problem, that for me wasn't solved. It isn't clear.

As you post it to help other people, can you please explain how a PSU failure is specifically connected to software (especially 60P 1080 + 4K editors using CC Adobe Premiere) ?
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27 Jan 2017   #15
Naples Video

Windows 7 pro 64 bit

Sorry for taking up a whole webpage Megahertz. It's not like I'm using up any ink. This was an ongoing 4 month troubleshoot. I Googled and thoroughly read all posts having the issues I was having but no one really had the answer or solved the problem. In this case it could have been any of the usual suspects. I replaced PSU as a last resort hoping and praying it wasnt the motherboard. My prayers were answered. Come to find out a weak power supply will cause 4K and 1080 60P 4:2:2 10bit at 100mbps video to lag or stutter on your timeline or source window. The higher end video cards need that extra power to handle this task. A weak PSU cannot deliver the juice so my intention as a digital video editor was to hip others to look for these signs. True professional Editing bays are really expensive and we don't like to replace them or have them disabled when deadlines are looming. This post was to help an editor like me to quickly troubleshoot and resolve. Your original reply post to my first post will help other editors as well. We thank you for taking the time to reply.
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28 Jan 2017   #16

Windows 7 HP 64

Despite of your best intentions, your text wasn't clear.
The issue with the weak power source isn't related to the software but to the graphics card.
All powerful Graphics card has a minimum PS requirement.
What I'm saying is that the problem you faced would have happen with any demanding software like games, Photoshop, Autocad rendering etc on a computer with powerful Graphics card with a weak PS.
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28 Jan 2017   #17
Naples Video

Windows 7 pro 64 bit

Are you happy you got the last word in hertz? Editors rely on their editing bays working at 100%. Most of us aren't gamers and our editing bays are our main tool. If I can help one fellow editor out there which was my intention and not to irritate you then this was worth my time posting. When your editing bay is down panic sets in. Hoping this will help another editor cut through the weeds and get back up and running again. Gimme a break bro.
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