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Something inside computer clicking/shutting off (PSU issue?)

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December 15, 2013 5:42:06 PM

I was playing a game today when I heard a click from inside my computer. The game I was playing froze up and my USB ports temporarily stopped working. Everything went back to normal a moment later. After the click, I did notice that the soft vibration I usually feel coming from my computer had stopped, so I assume the click meant something turned off. Maybe a fan, but I'm sure it wasn't the CPU or case fans, since I could see them all running normally. The PSU fan maybe?

My computer itself did not turn off. The only noticeable disruption was the temporary freeze and the USB ports disconnecting. I have heard the click before and have experienced the lose of vibration, but this is the first time the USB ports stopped working. I'm starting to get concerned but have no idea what this could be. There is usually a start up noise a few moments later and then the vibration returns.

My computer was running at 40c when this happened, so I don't think that it's an overheating issue. I have an i5 4670k if that helps, and I am not overclocking or anything.

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December 15, 2013 6:01:38 PM

Sounds to me like it's the Hard Drive... install Hard Disk Sentinel to see how's it's condition...

http://www.hdsentinel.com/

If the hard drive is idle when it happens, it could be the Power Options settings.
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December 15, 2013 6:42:31 PM

Chicano said:
Sounds to me like it's the Hard Drive... install Hard Disk Sentinel to see how's it's condition...

http://www.hdsentinel.com/

If the hard drive is idle when it happens, it could be the Power Options settings.


I did as you suggested and checked both my SSD and HDD. According to HD Sentinel they are both working at 100% in perfect condition. I currently have my Power Options set to never put the computer to sleep or to turn off the display, so I don't think it was the power settings shutting something down.
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December 15, 2013 6:55:12 PM

What about the Hard Drive setting,.. If it's set to never Turn Off?... maybe it's the Power Supply.

Now that I recall, I had a similar problem a while back and it was the PSU... It was a very faint single click followed by a short display freeze. The PSU still worked time after that before quitting, but it sometimes caused unstable performance and occasional BSODs (sometimes frequent) and sometimes failed boots (unreadable boot media) and BSODs half way during boot, taking a second try to boot.

Check the comments here.
My PC Makes A Clicking Noise
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/296743-28-makes-click...
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December 17, 2013 3:21:04 PM

Chicano said:
What about the Hard Drive setting,.. If it's set to never Turn Off?... maybe it's the Power Supply.

Now that I recall, I had a similar problem a while back and it was the PSU... It was a very faint single click followed by a short display freeze. The PSU still worked time after that before quitting, but it sometimes caused unstable performance and occasional BSODs (sometimes frequent) and sometimes failed boots (unreadable boot media) and BSODs half way during boot, taking a second try to boot.

Check the comments here.
My PC Makes A Clicking Noise
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/296743-28-makes-click...


After some more investigating, it turns out you were right Chicano. It was my HDD shutting off after being idle, which is something I can change in the power settings. I'm glad it turned out to be something so simple. This is my first experience with two hard drives on one computer, so I had no idea one could go idle while not in use. Thank you for your time and helping to put my mind at ease.
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December 17, 2013 4:34:39 PM

Sure... you are welcome.
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