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Windows XP water droplet noise???

by ZeAtomik / October 29, 2013 9:19 AM PDT

My mom recently got a Dell Inspiron 6000; Windows XP, we've only had it for a few months and no problems so far.

Just the other day, randomly, a water droplet sort of sound has been playing. Sometimes is 1 drop and other times it's 2 to 3. It's usually every maybe, 10-15 minutes or so. It's driving me crazy and I've been researching and researching but no answers.

We don't have Pest Patrol and I don't have any background programs running that I know of that make this noise. The only way to turn it off is to mute the computer which is problematic because silence just isn't my thing. I've also ran a full system scan and it found nothing, I don't believe it's a virus anyway.

Willing to listen to any and all advice.

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That sounds like
by itsdigger / October 30, 2013 8:01 AM PDT

white noise or background sounds from a media player. The media player I use has a setting for Rain It plays in between tracks. Maybe check your start program and see what you have checked at start up ....Digger

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excuse me
by itsdigger / October 30, 2013 8:08 AM PDT
In reply to: That sounds like

it doesn't play in between tracks, it just plays when the music is paused

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Windows XP water droplet noise???
by skycatcher / October 29, 2013 10:18 AM PDT

As you can 'mute' the sound, it is obviously electrical and not mechanical. Try opening Task Manager (right click bottom tool-bar and choose same from menu), maximise it, choose 'Processes' tab and click top of CPU column (possibly twice) so that maximum CPU usage is at the top. Now be very patient (for 10-15 minutes), sit and look at what processes pop up at (or near) the top of the column.

You may just be lucky and see what it is - then you can either switch it off or disable it. I'm guessing it's just an annoying, but possibly harmless, bug of some sort. Or you may spot something straight away, from the list of running processes.

Have you run Malwarebytes - this often finds the odd bug that some AVs leave behind. Best of luck - and please let us all know what it is if you find it.

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Further to that.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / October 29, 2013 10:27 AM PDT

Have you tried going to control panel sound schemes and checking no sounds.

Dafydd.

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by ZeAtomik / October 30, 2013 7:51 AM PDT

Hmmmm, I watched it like a hawk and nothing really caught my eye besides the System Idle Process, other than that, FireFox is the highest thing.

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Do you have.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / October 30, 2013 8:08 AM PDT
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Pest patrol or some other cookie cruncher? theae sometimes use this sound to indicate a cookie has been crunched.

Dafydd.

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No
by ZeAtomik / October 31, 2013 7:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Do you have.

Not that I know of.

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Have you...
by Dafydd Forum moderator / October 31, 2013 7:59 AM PDT
In reply to: No

...tried ( I'm assuming it's IE ) resetting IE or running it with addons disabled?

Dafydd.

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Nope
by ZeAtomik / November 1, 2013 8:40 AM PDT
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because I don't use IE, only Firefox and Chrome. I've closed either or and as long as one of the window's open it'll make the noise.

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Many causes. Too many.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 30, 2013 8:21 AM PDT
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I've been through that thread
by ZeAtomik / November 1, 2013 8:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Many causes. Too many.

Tried pretty much all of it and came up with nothing.

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OK. I'm stumped.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / November 1, 2013 9:32 AM PDT

All I can offer now is. Do you have the restore media or a backup image to restore from?
Or try a system restore to before it happened.

Dafydd.

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Oddly enough...
by ZeAtomik / November 2, 2013 7:54 AM PDT
In reply to: OK. I'm stumped.

After I restarted my computer, I noticed it wasn't making the noise anymore. I think it may have stopped sometime before then but I'm not complaining. Thanks for the suggestions anyways.

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Did you search all of your PC for sound files?
by skycatcher / November 1, 2013 10:24 AM PDT

There must be some *.wav files somewhere on your machine.

Open Windows Explorer, right-click on Program Files and Search for *.wav - Now do the same with the Windows folder. Not sure where else wav files would be stored...

I never use them, all my sound schemes are turned off.

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Let's say it's some app.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2013 12:09 PM PDT

I see most of the usual is covered but let's take it up a notch. Beware we are going to the deep end so get out the water wings.

Go get HIJACKTHIS and produce a report.

Now my question to you is this. Do you know what every item in the report is?
And why not research each item?
Bob

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Have you....
by btljooz / November 2, 2013 3:11 AM PDT

OK, just to rule some things out, have you run scans with UPDATED AV (which one?), Updated MBAM and Updated Spybot Search and Destroy??? If not, I strongly suggest that you do so in Safe Mode.

The fact that you can silence the sound by muting the volume says that there is a software - good or malicious - causing the problem. The $64,000 question is, "Which one?". Find that and either get into its settings to silence the sound or if you don't want/need the program get rid of it. Use Revo Uninstaller (Free version will suffice) in Advanced mode for this. It's a LOT more thorough than the native uninstaller in XP.

I hope this helps in some way. Happy

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