I have a Dell Dimension 9200 31/2 years old. I have noticed a groaning sound when it is coming to the end of shutdown. Any one know what this could be and a way to stop it if possible? Any advice would be appreciated. Terry.
It does sound as though it may be the hard drive on it's way out. Suggest make a back-up of anything important in case. If you are confident about takeing the covers off, you may be able to isolate the sound more easily.
Took back off and cleaned round graphics card fan and gave the insides a blow out, this seems to have done the trick, noise gone now. Whilst we are on the subject of backing up guys is it possible to back the whole computer in one go? I have an external hard drive 1 TB, could the lot be put on there in one operation, Vista as well? Is it a complicated operation? Thank you for advice. TB.