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Dell Inspiron 1501 - clicking sound.

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Watching a film on the laptop today and, when the credits began rolling, the mouse and keyboard were unresponsive. I noticed that there was a clicking sound coming from the rear.

The laptop was hot although not necessarily hotter than I'd expect.

What's your guess as to the cause of he noise?

The film was playing off of a flash drive so I don't think it was the HDD. Bearing going on the CPU fan? The laptop's waaaaaaaay out of waranty so noting to lose by opening it, that is unless a handful of screws, sprigs etc fly out when I remove the back.

Worth having opening it up and having a look or ignore the quietish clicking?

Thanks all

p.s. Can get a spare fan for ~$9 from eBay when I'm home for Christmas. An reason to stop using the laptop? I've lowered the temp for the auto shutdown (the thermal safety one)

Thanks
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Clicking sound generally refers to the HDD going bad. Do onething, open up the HDD cover and check whether its coming from the HDD.

Also run Seatools and see if it passes all tests. Also check the health tab of HDtune.
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