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Old 01-07-2009, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Sometimes internal devices are connected via USB, too. Does your PC have a memory card reader? I had one that went bad and caused what you describe. Even though it's an internal device, it was connected via the internal USB ports on the motherboard.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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Mystery finally solved!! (I think). Today it started making the 'guitar plucking' noise again, but THIS TIME, a little thing popped up from the bottom of the screen and it said "Your USB Mass Storage device can perform faster if it is plugged into a hi-speed port".
Turns out, it was the memory card reader for my digital camera! I always just kept the USB cord plugged in to the PC tower...but it had never made any noises or anything before Well, I unplugged it and the noises have stopped.
Wierd that it didn't do it months ago, when I first had the cord plugged in! Thanks everybody, for your help and ideas!!
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:53 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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Mystery finally solved!! (I think). Today it started making the 'guitar plucking' noise again, but THIS TIME, a little thing popped up from the bottom of the screen and it said "Your USB Mass Storage device can perform faster if it is plugged into a hi-speed port".
Turns out, it was the memory card reader for my digital camera! I always just kept the USB cord plugged in to the PC tower...but it had never made any noises or anything before Well, I unplugged it and the noises have stopped.
Wierd that it didn't do it months ago, when I first had the cord plugged in! Thanks everybody, for your help and ideas!!
It sounds like the device is constantly disconnecting and reconnecting, as has already been said. This may indicate a problem with your device.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hey ya'll---This I do not understand. I have a new Dell XPS series PC. Bought in October 2008, no problems at all. But starting yesterday, there is this weird noise coming from the computer. It occurs sometimes about once every 5 minutes or so (even if I'm not working on the PC and it's on screen-saver). Sometimes the noise repeats over and over a couple of times. It almost sounds like the plucking of a string, like a guitar/bass string or something....up-down, down-up. Like a 'computerized' sounding plucking of a string. There have been NO new additions, downloads, anything like that.

Oh, and when the sound occurs, the cursor momentarilly changes--to the blue circle (like the old hourglass). Anti-virus stuff, firewall stuff, etc. is all up-to-date.
I've held the mouse over all the little icons on the toolbar at the bottom, nothing pops up as "updates needed" or anything like that. What the heck is going on?? My computer is suddenly 'talking to me', but I don't know why, and don't understand what it is saying!! HELP!! It's driving me crazy!!!
stock fans/ power supply from makers assuming you bought a dell hp, or compaq. when you are running a few things at once, when the load on the cpu gets higher, the fan will spin faster, when i installed vista on my friends e machine that was capable, because it was higher requirements on the cpu it would spin and spin like it was going to take off, my suggestion is just open up the side, look at the spinning fan, then start doing various tasks if you hear it getting louder thats the problem, you may need to add another fan to the case, or just let it spin like that and deal with the airplane like noises lol
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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My computer is making the same noise, but the only thing attached is the power cord. When it happens, the "tray" at the bottom moves "in and out" a little, by about 1 cm. Help! It's very annoying!!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:16 AM
 
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I might have an answer to a "wierd noise" on your computer. It might be the Wireless Link in the Control Panel. My noise sounds like a "smothered kind of twanging". Almost science-fictiony. I un-checked the "Play sound when Infrared device in near by" box and it went away. I don't know if this helps anybody. I've got a problem with my page jumping up and down. Particularly when I'm in "OpenOffice". Also my curser disappears and then reappears on another part of the page. Any advice? You can email me at [email]larryasingleton@yahoo.com[/email] Hopefully my putting my email address isn't inapropriate in some way. If it is I apologize. But I am Desperate with a capitol "D" to get rid of this thing and I've looked everywhere for a solution. Thanks.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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You should start a new thread Larry.

Also no one is going to email you to help you. We don't work like that.
It's not inappropriate to post your email but it's not the smartest thing to do either. You could be exposing your email address to spammer.

Welcome to the forum.
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