G4 Clicking after co-worker accidentally handled roughly...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by TxCreative, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. TxCreative macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    We have an older G4 in my office and it dropped about 2-3 inches on the rear portion when my co-worker was trying to seat it back under the desk. It immediately started making a clicking noise. It's reminiscent of the sound a CD makes when skipping. I checked the optical drive, but that seems fine.

    I know someone here has way more knowledge on this than myself. Can you guide me as to what I should be checking when opening the system? I have a G5 tower at home and hadn't seen the inside of a G4 before.

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    Sounds like it could be the hard drive. Run disk utility and see if it is about to fail.
  3. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    I second the hard drive as most likely source of the clicking. The only things that move in a laptop are:
    the fans
    the hard drive
    the optical drive if it is in use

    The hard drive is most likely to be damaged in a small drop like the one you discribe.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    It's the harddrive. Damaged, about to fail.

    Back up data. Get new drive.
  5. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    I agree, should be the hard drive. I had an old 250 GB that clicked, and it died pretty quickly after that. Get anything off of it ASAP.
  6. TxCreative thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Good advice...I ran disk utility and the hard drive checked out 100%. We have an air hose here so I took it back to blow anything out of the fan and just clean it out in general. When I blow air into the power supply fan, I can hear the clicking. I'm wondering if that could be my issue??
  7. Dave H macrumors 6502

    Dave H

    Mar 2, 2008
  8. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Disc utility is not always to be trusted in recognizing bad hard drives, but it does sound like the fan. If your hd is over three years old, time to replace it anyway. Unless you have the software override, you should get a 120gig 7200 rpm PATA drive replacement while you are thinking about it.

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