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I got a lil'problem... my pc wont boot ( any cpu load like loading into windows ) makes my pc go off with a clicking sound with it. My PSU was 4 years ( old i know XD ) Aopen 300watt. This is quite low and below recommended for my rig. Do you guys think that this is the problem and that it will be fixed with a new PSU??

ps.

The PSU works with my AMD 3800+ rig.
post #3712 of 12343
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Hey B'Fish this does not sound good.

Sounds like a dieing HDD. I read a couple of thread to which the symtoms were similar to yours. If you power supply works fine in the other machine then chances are your HDD is dieing and it may be in your best interest to copy/clone your HDD from outside of a windows environment w/a cloning software tool "if possible" so that you don't loose all your data before it goes Kapoot and completely dies on you.

Good Luck,

N2G
Edited by N2Gaming - 10/17/09 at 7:01pm
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I got a lil'problem... my pc wont boot ( any cpu load like loading into windows ) makes my pc go off with a clicking sound with it. My PSU was 4 years ( old i know XD ) Aopen 300watt. This is quite low and below recommended for my rig. Do you guys think that this is the problem and that it will be fixed with a new PSU??
B'Fish, do you know the ratings on the power supply? I'm assuming they are pretty low for a 300 watt power supply. Do you know the brand of this psu? That unit doesn't seem like it would be enough for a dual-core and a discrete video card

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I would agree with the PSU being a culprit. I think a minimum quality 450watt will do.

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B'Fish, do you know the ratings on the power supply? I'm assuming they are pretty low for a 300 watt power supply. Do you know the brand of this psu? That unit doesn't seem like it would be enough for a dual-core and a discrete video card

Good luck

Edited by raisethe3 - 10/17/09 at 8:43pm
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B'Fish, do you know the ratings on the power supply? I'm assuming they are pretty low for a 300 watt power supply. Do you know the brand of this psu? That unit doesn't seem like it would be enough for a dual-core and a discrete video card

Good luck
With rating u probably mean voltages/amperes right?
5volt-20A
12v1-8A
12v2-14A
3.3volt-20A

It came out of my old Aopen case. ( Component Pro stands on the psu )
I will test out my HDD later in a other pc... to see if thats the problem.
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On second thought, your power supply does look kind of week to be in your system. I overlooked your power supply at first glance. Are you able to isolate where the clicking noise is comming from. Do all of your fans spin at normal speeds? Can you smell any burning from the back of you power supply. You could always try to remove unneeded hardware to determine if your power supply is to week. Unplug your CD/DVD ROM drive and any extra HDD's that are not your boot up drive then unplug as many fans possible w/the exception of your CPU/HSF. See if you still notice the clicking noise after all of the tests mentioned above.
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On second thought, your power supply does look kind of week to be in your system. I overlooked your power supply at first glance. Are you able to isolate where the clicking noise is comming from. Do all of your fans spin at normal speeds? Can you smell any burning from the back of you power supply. You could always try to remove unneeded hardware to determine if your power supply is to week. Unplug your CD/DVD ROM drive and any extra HDD's that are not your boot up drive then unplug as many fans possible w/the exception of your CPU/HSF. See if you still notice the clicking noise after all of the tests mentioned above.
Nope i didnt smell anything burning or something.
This HDD came out of a other pc which had heat problems due the lack of fans, everytime the pc was overheating and shutted itself down there was the same clicking noise ( its only 1 click, something like a safety switch which cuts down all the power to prevent any damage or something to the hardware ) This was with a other PSU so i think the clicking noise is the HDD that shuts itself down.
btw the clicking sound is also pretty loud.

Tomorrow i will test the hdd in a other pc.

thx for all these suggestions everyone


fans/fanspeed are normal, temps are good.
Edited by B'Fish - 10/18/09 at 1:50pm
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everytime the pc was overheating and shutted itself down there was the same clicking noise ( its only 1 click, something like a safety switch which cuts down all the power to prevent any damage or something to the hardware ) This was with a other PSU so i think the clicking noise is the HDD that shuts itself down.
btw the clicking sound is also pretty loud.
B'Fish, the clicking noise could just be the drive turning off when the machine shuts off. Older drives were much louder to hear in terms of seeks especially when they powered off. However if you do suspect the drive being the problem then it's advisable to run a sector by sector scan. This will check the integrity of the drive. Download the Seagate SeaTools and run a full surface scan on your Maxtor drive.

Keep us updated

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B'Fish, the clicking noise could just be the drive turning off when the machine shuts off. Older drives were much louder to hear in terms of seeks especially when they powered off. However if you do suspect the drive being the problem then it's advisable to run a sector by sector scan. This will check the integrity of the drive. Download the Seagate SeaTools and run a full surface scan on your Maxtor drive.

Keep us updated

Good luck

So what i need to do is add the maxtor hdd into my working pc and test it with that scan ?

This hdd what is already in the pc is an IDE drive, how do I install the other one then (which is sata. Are there any special things I need to do ?)
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B'Fish the only thing I could think of is you may need to go into your bios to set up the drive you want to boot from as the first boot device and have the second drive boot second. So if your sata drive is in your other system running jsut fine then take the ide drive and plug it into the other system and set the boot priority to use the ide drive first so that your os on the system that is failing won't detect new hardware and try to load drivers for the new hardware that it has found. If your putting a Sata drive in a system that boots from an ide drive then make sure the sata is enabled in your bios and set it as the second boot drive.

Let us know if you don't understand or need more help.
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