Hitch pitch nosing emitting from XPS16

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  1. Fitter Happier

    Fitter Happier Notebook Guru

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    Turned on my xps this morning and I'm able to hear a quiet, but somewhat high pitch noise. So far I've eliminated the possibilities of it being AC/battery, screen brightness, sound or fan(i think) related. If it's any help, I think its emitting from the left hand side of the laptop.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Same here, I think it is the Harddisk, what is the model/spec you have? It is sometimes annoying but I don't think it is dying.
     
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    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8600 (2.40GHz,1066MHz,3MB)
    16in Truelife 720p HD WLED Edge to Edge Display
    250GB Free Fall Sensor (7200RPM)
    Internal DVD+/-RW
    Intel WiFi Link 5100
    Vista x64

    I reckon its hdd as well. It's pretty annoying to be honest. I could live with it, but I don't want to be reminded of it whenever I'm in a quiet room working.
     
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    This reminds me of the infamous 1330 whine.

    IIRC, no one was able to really pinpoint what it was. I had it on an early production 1330 but I believe it was the processor and gpu.
     
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    Maybe it is the Free Fall Sensor, we both have it.
     
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    Nah... If it was, I am sure many other Dell laptops would have it as the sensor is in ~80% of all their systems.

    Plus, I am typing this reply on my 1640 in a quiet room and I don't have it (320GB w/FFS).
     
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    Actually guys, it was the HDD. How do I know this with such wisdom? Well, the hdd failed. Went into dell diagnosis and got the error message (2000-0142, google says its hdd and this goes in line with what I expected). Interestingly enough, it broke 1 day before the 21 day return period.

    Normally I wouldn't mind, but with E3 tomorrow my old comp (1.8 ghz, gforce 3 ti400) is gonna have a tough job ahead of it watching streams and conversations.
     
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