1. TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Ask a question and give support. Join the community here.
    TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.
    Ask a question and give support.
    Join the community here, it only takes a minute.
    Dismiss Notice

Random clicking in background + I randomly can't open programs

By false ยท 8 replies
Mar 27, 2006
  1. My problem is that I can run my computer, however it is slower than usual, I hear random clicking which throws me off of the page I'm looking at, and randomly my computer goes into this mode where I can't open anything new, including firefox, task manager, or w/e else. I've scanned (while in safe mode) with spybot, ad-aware, and hijackthis and only found unrelated things. Heres the log:

    What is the deal?
  2. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 327

    Right, you're in safe mode. You should scan with hijackthis when it happens (But it's hard to do...)

    When this happened to me, it was with Win9x and it was because no more RAM was available. Have you changed something with the swap file lately?

    Tried an anti-virus? Tried Ewido?
  3. false

    false TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have not recently changed something. I used avg... didn't catch anything. I may try ewido later. New log while I'm running the computer normally:
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    if you have a lot of clicking, you hard drive is working too hard with a page file and/or is searching for a file. In addition to what Howard suggested, I would also defrag the hard disk and add more memory if you have less than 512mb.
    Also if you have a second hard disk, put the page file in the second hard disk or partition along with your temporary internet files. You primary hard disk partition will fragment less.
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Another possibility is that your hard drive is failing. Are you able to identify where that "clicking" is coming from? Many hard drives will start clicking when they are on their last legs. If you suspect the noise may be coming from your hard drive, back up everything asap, and run a diagnostic on yours.


    edit: Tedster!!! You got there first. Grrrrr :haha:
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    what'chu complain' about PALADIN!

  8. false

    false TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the clicking is not coming from my actual harddrive, its coming from my computer. It clicks a few times, as though I'm clicking with my mouse but I'm not. Usually popups follow and then it goes into the "cannot open anything state"

    I will do what you all have suggested and report back.
  9. TheFynx

    TheFynx TS Rookie


    Try looking for a topic on this forum called "Random clicking and music playing in background" (I would post a link but it won't let me) it may provide some insight. I had a similiar problem not to far back.
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...