I'm probably just being paranoid, but today I've noticed that I'm getting what sounds like a kind of crackling sound whenever anything is being processed. I've never heard it before so I'm a bit worried. First of all I thought it sounded like the distant crackle of fire and then light rain. Obviously I have checked to make sure nothing's on fire and there's no smoke! The machine is only about 6 months old - do they get noisier as they get older? I've never noticed this before on the 3 previous PC's I had. Or perhaps I should go and have a long lie down and it will all be better tomorrow!
I should imagine at six months its still under warranty .So no real worries..But if its annoying you it could just be a simple thing to sort. suggestions >Turn machine off ,take the usual safty precautions & check for Cable rubbing against fan / fan picked up something creating the noise Check all vents are clear.Cpu fan got build up of fluff/ debris could also be one of the drives but that will get more obvious by it miss-behaving later on.
It is on a laminate floor in my office so it could be that and I must admit I've just moved it from on top of my desk to underneath, so maybe it just sounds different. A piece of carpet eh? Shagpile or Berber twist?????!
Further to this thread, the worrying noises have stopped, as has my hard drive. It has stopped working completely. It is still under warranty, but it is a complete pain in the a**e. I have 95% backed up, but it still means nothing but hassle as I have to have a new hard drive installed and will have to install all software etc again. The most annoying thing is losing all my contacts and e-mail in Outlook Express. I never thought of saving or backing that up. Is there a simple program around that can do that for the future? One thing I would like to know,as it's never happened to me before, is this a common occurence? Do hard drives fail a lot? Anyone had the same thing happen to them?