Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

6 posts

Wannabe Geek

#59699 9-Apr-2010 20:22
Send private message

Kiaora everyone,

Just a quick question - my laptop recently had a wee tumble off the side of my bed (oops) and since i have noticed the processing noises to be much more audible than before. The noise is the same as that you used to hear in old pc's when they were thinking...

Laptop is a Dell Studio xp 16 and is less than a year old.

Should i be worried? The sound is not continuous, but sometimes it goes on for a little while. I have read in a forum that it means potential hdd issues (not surprising from the fall), but im really hoping its nothing. 
I can send it in as its still under warranty, but since its running perfectly im not sure what to do.

thoughts to ease my mind?


Create new topic
424 posts

Ultimate Geek

  #316677 9-Apr-2010 21:23
Send private message

What is a "processing noise"? Is it the fan or the hard drive? If it's the hard drive, back up important documents NOW (twice, to two different drives/disks), then download the demo of Acronis true image. Backup all of your drive, buy a new drive and then restore it. You won't need to reinstall Windows or anything.

The drive will probably fail, the question is when. Tomorrow or next year, no one knows.  Sure, it's expensive, but that's what happens. I tripped on my laptops power cable, the laptop dropped on the floor, and now the lid won't shut properly, so if I take it somewhere, I need to hibernate then remove the battery.  Accidents happen, that's just the way it is.

Create new topic

News »

Freeview On Demand app launches on Sony Android TVs
Posted 6-Aug-2020 13:35

UFB hits more than one million connections
Posted 6-Aug-2020 09:42

D-Link A/NZ extends COVR Wi-Fi EasyMesh System series with new three-pack
Posted 4-Aug-2020 15:01

New Zealand software Rfider tracks coffee from Colombia all the way to New Zealand businesses
Posted 3-Aug-2020 10:35

Logitech G launches Pro X Wireless gaming headset
Posted 3-Aug-2020 10:21

Sony Alpha 7S III provides supreme imaging performance
Posted 3-Aug-2020 10:11

Sony introduces first CFexpress Type A memory card
Posted 3-Aug-2020 10:05

Marsello acquires Goody consolidating online and in-store marketing position
Posted 30-Jul-2020 16:26

Fonterra first major customer for Microsoft's New Zealand datacentre
Posted 30-Jul-2020 08:07

Everything we learnt at the IBM Cloud Forum 2020
Posted 29-Jul-2020 14:45

Dropbox launches native HelloSign workflow and data residency in Australia
Posted 29-Jul-2020 12:48

Spark launches 5G in Palmerston North
Posted 29-Jul-2020 09:50

Lenovo brings speed and smarter features to new 5G mobile gaming phone
Posted 28-Jul-2020 22:00

Withings raises $60 million to enable bridge between patients and healthcare
Posted 28-Jul-2020 21:51

QNAP integrates Catalyst Cloud Object Storage into Hybrid Backup solution
Posted 28-Jul-2020 21:40

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.