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tjazz

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:tazz: My laptop is making a chime noise when I turn it on. The screen is black and then it starts blinking before it gets to the sign in page. I am able to logon to it and run all programs. If anyone knows why this is happening, please e mail me at email removed for safety
Thanks to all.

Edited by dsenette, 25 January 2006 - 04:11 PM.

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is this chime coming from the speakers? Plug some headphones in to a headphone jack and see if the sound can be heard without the headphones on.

Is it really a chime? There is a file called chimes.wav (i think in c:\windows) double click it.,,,is that the sound
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It sounds like a chime or a doorbell. I think it may be some type of spyware b/c my laptop is running slow now. Also there is a clicking noise when the computer is booting up. If I hit any key on the keyboard the chime/doorbell noise goes away. I ran all my anti spy programs to quarantine programs that showed up. But this problem is still there.
I just hope my hard drive is not dying.
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clicking is very often a harddrive dying a horrible death.


the chime,,,that is new. I wish I could hear it....some sort of warning ? Maybe Dell has a hardware diagnostic..perhaps heat or SMART warning?
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Oh my, I was hoping NOT to hear the bad news of my laptop dying. Is there any resolution to fix. I'm NOT really a techi. I use my computer for surfing the internet or word processing. All the other stuff, I don't bother with. What could have caused this. Do you have any idea???
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it's not your laptop dying, but your harddrive dying.

A hardrive can be replace, fairly easily, but if you are going to keep your data, you need to do it quickly. I would image the current drive to a new disk, though this might be beyond your ability.

With a laptop, you would likely need to get yourself a 2.5 inch harddisk enclosure and a disk imaging program, connect it to a desktop, image the original disk and store the image on the desktop, then restore the image to the new disk.
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I'm not computer saavey, so how do I do this.
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