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Loud sound during boot, what does it mean?

I've recently bought a Compaq Armada 1120 from the 90s with Microsoft Windows 95 installed. It works fine, but it makes a strange sound while booting and sometimes while operating. I don't think this is normal, as when looking at two videos of other Compaq Armada 1120s, one makes the sound, and the other doesn't. What does this mean, and what can I do about it? I think it might be the hard drive, but I don't know for sure.

Here is one of the videos I found on YouTube, which has the sound occur at 2:20.

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Mario83w, that is the floppy disk drive looking for a disk. Make sure that there is none in the drive. BTW that noise is normal for this action.

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Awesome, thanks. Although, how come the other Compaq Armada 1120 doesn't make this sound?

EDIT: Turns out, the other one was an 1125. It seems similar though.


It is possible that the BIOS is set up different. It may look on A: (floppy drive ) for the OS first then go to the hard drive.


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