Weird Static Image, Clicking Noises

d88co88

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When I sometimes wake it up from sleep mode, there is a moving static picture that doesn't go away until I restart it. It doesn't happen every time, maybe once every other day. There is also a fast, intermittent clicking noise coming from either the hard drive bay or disc drive area, I can't tell. I attached a picture of the static image. Any ideas?
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d88co88

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Yes, this is the PowerMac, but what would that clicking sound be?
 

jampat

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Mar 17, 2008
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Hard drives can make a fast clicking noise on their way out.

Do you use the disk drive much? Can you just disconnect the disk drive power for a bit and try to get the computer to lock up again and see if the clicking noise has stopped.

On PC's when I had a scrambled screen, pulling and reseating the video card and/or ram when the computer was off helped the situation.
 

d88co88

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I do use the hard drives a lot. I keep the computer on during the day and put it to sleep at night, but in energy saver I chose to have the hard disks asleep at any possible time.
 

zachsilvey

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Feb 5, 2008
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You might also be suffering a kernal panic, the clicking could be drive dying and that dying drive could cause a kernal panic thus locking up the machine.
 
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