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Windows 7: annoying clicking sound in my windows7 pc

26 Dec 2009   #1
admirer

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annoying clicking sound in my windows7 pc

i recently got this sony vaio with windows 7 home premium. i have noticed a annoying problem from yesterday. i keep getting the clicking sound that comes when you open a windows explorer folder even if i am not opening any folder. yesterday it was there, today morning it was nt there, now again i am getting it from last half an hour. it keeps coming like every 20 sec. why so? what to do? please help..

i know i can shut the sound off by going to control panel, but that way the problem which causing this wont go away..


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26 Dec 2009   #2
Qdos

 

It could well be the sound of the hard drive parking its heads which occurs when notebook power management tries to power down a drive to save energy. I had this happen on my Asus netbook, and it is annoying as hell...

The solution I found was this...
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26 Dec 2009   #3
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Hello admirer Welcome to the Se7en Forums!

A constant steady clicking sound isn't good as that can point to the read/write heads arm slapping against the spindle inside the drive casing! Depending on age and wear of the drive or if you are now realizing a defect you should prepare a disaster recovery plan in case of the eventual drive failure!

Hopefully you still have a valid warranty inplace and are covered against defects since this is a very possible problem you will be faced with there. As a general rule hard drives should never be heard at all on a steady basis but run quietly.
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26 Dec 2009   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

To be honest, it sounds more like a sound event (open program for example) that is the source of the noise.

Have a look and listen through the Windows Sounds and disable that event (if that is the cause).

(right click on the volume icon on the task bar and select sounds.)

However, if it actually is h/ware - then something is indeed wrong.
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26 Dec 2009   #5
Qdos

 

Some hard disks, and even SSD's, can make this noise due to some notebooks rather poor power management implementation - it doesn't mean there's didly squat wrong with the data device.

I agree regards system sounds, there is a pop that can occur on navigation to a new window or website, but what the OP's said kinda sounds more mechanical to me
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26 Dec 2009   #6
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Turn the volume down or mute that entirely and listen carefully to track the source. If you have the sound off and continue to hear the clicking sounds by getting your ear close as possible to the casing nearest to the drive that won't be good!

For any sounds assigned to functions or those in a program once you logoff and come back to the desktop that would end. If the clicking continues even following a full restart with the sound muted that would be pointing at the worst being a failing drive.
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26 Dec 2009   #7
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windows 7
 
 

thanks for the quick feedback guys. the sound is totally similar to the one that comes when you click on explorer folders or internet explorer. and it can be heard nicely, dont have to put effort to hear. and clicks only once and goes away and then again i hear after a min or 30 sec like that. i restarted the pc and the sound went away. same thing happened yesterday also, it went away after restart. its a 10 day old pc and i think its not a hardrive issue, bcoz its the sound that windows makes, its not a sound that comes from metal clicking, the two sound are distinctly different right? i was using firefox mainly when it was coming last.. not sure what program or what makes this to keep coming...!
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26 Dec 2009   #8
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Hopefully that will be all that it turns out to be. But still keep a eye on it.

Since the laptop is new it may take awhile for the clicking to become more noticable if the drive is the problem. Once you start hearing a steady "tick...tick...tick...tick..." sound repeating itself over and over that will point at the drive.

Windows does have some low tone type wav files assigned to different things by default. If you have any number of short length wav files you can create your own custom sound theme for various things or simply assgn none to things you won't expect to be using to track it down.

One way to see if you can identify if it is a Windows sound file is to go into the Control Panel>Sound>sounds tab and click the test button for things like Start navigation and fax error being a short higher pitched metalic tone there. That would be the best way to see if this is an assigned sound or a problem.
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27 Dec 2009   #9
Ambra4

XP, windows7
 
 

Just do the following: -

Control Panel – Sound – Click Sound Tag – Select Sound Scheme – No Sound and

“Save As Default” Click OK
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27 Dec 2009   #10
admirer

windows 7
 
 

i m thinking to change the explorer clicking sound from the default one to another one.. could anyone pls tell how to do that in windows7?
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