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August 11, 2014 11:26:50 AM

Hello, hardware noob here. I was playing video games on my PC when suddenly the system crashed and a high pitched squeal resulted. The first time it happened, after I restarted my PC was running fine, but after the 2nd time, on bootup the squeal would start.

video of the noise: http://youtu.be/2A7zTFJoy6A

It's an old system:
Intel core 2 extreme duo 3.00 ghz
Geforce 8800 GTX
4 gigs ram
Some crappy ASRock mobo i bought to replace the original one that fried

When I remove the graphics card and booted it up, the noise disappeared. Is it just that my graphics card has died or something else?

Any help is appreciated, thanks!
August 11, 2014 11:39:13 AM

It sounds like a horrible case of capacitor squeal or your mobo is going crazy with the error speakers.
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a c 349 U Graphics card
August 11, 2014 11:44:22 AM

if you can try the card in another system, or try a different card in that system.

Also, need to work on that cable management! :D 
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August 13, 2014 3:31:41 PM

Hello, I also have the same squeal. I was also having issues with my computer turning on. It would turn on, squeal then turn off in 1 second. I tested another power supply (friends) and it worked. I just received my new power supply and it is now turning on but with the exact same squeal but the monitor does not bring up anything. If I remove the video card everything is fine. I've tried two different video slots, I have one left to try.

I had an OCZ tech 600W PSU now I have a Sentey 725W PSU.
A eVGA GeForce 8800 GT
4 GB ram
512MB video card
MSI P7N SLI Platinum MBoard
I'm unsure of the exact speed of my CPU but it's just a dual core

Any help would be great. Did you manage to get yours fixed?
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August 13, 2014 4:01:07 PM

Watching my video I now see the video card fan does not move. I need to try this in another PC to see if this is the card or not.
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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2014 4:09:09 PM

Holy crap that noise hurts my ears! Consider fully dusting out the system and removing the motherboard speaker. The gpu probably has bad capacitors. Buy a new one! Start considering a new system...
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a c 86 U Graphics card
August 13, 2014 4:40:24 PM

those cards have onboard piezoelectric sirens that go off when the card isnt getting enough power, double check the pcie power cables or try a different power supply as the old one could very well be failing. (might be the mobos pcie slot as well i guess, the slot is specced to deliver up to 75w but that power comes from the psu in the first place...)
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August 13, 2014 4:44:28 PM

I have fully dusted the system. I'm not sure where the mobo speaker is but that's what Google is for. I was kind of hoping I could keep upgrading this system.
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a c 86 U Graphics card
August 13, 2014 4:48:11 PM

currphij said:
I have fully dusted the system. I'm not sure where the mobo speaker is but that's what Google is for. I was kind of hoping I could keep upgrading this system.

they actually meant the little speaker on the case, it is connected to the mobo with a small 2 wire plug located usually at the bottom part of the mobo. But that wont really help you here imo...
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August 13, 2014 5:32:21 PM

I'm an idiot. I didn't have the 6 pin pcie connector plugged in. Works great with power!
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a c 349 U Graphics card
August 13, 2014 5:33:50 PM

Cable management!
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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2014 8:25:32 PM

Haha, nice. It shouldn't make that noise, but anyways glad it's solved
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August 14, 2014 9:16:17 AM

It doesn't make that noise anymore.
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a c 86 U Graphics card
August 14, 2014 2:05:19 PM

I wonder if the thread starter has fixed his problem as well. :) 
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August 16, 2014 4:35:56 PM

Gam3r01 said:
if you can try the card in another system, or try a different card in that system.

Also, need to work on that cable management! :D 


Kari said:
I wonder if the thread starter has fixed his problem as well. :) 


Ah I should have created this thread as a discussion and not Q&A. noob mistake

So I "fixed" the issue by completely unplugging my gfx (power, too), and using a ghetto cooling system aka small fan + open case. gfx runs at 60C when games are running and my CPU & MB temps are around 32/31C. I don't really know why it started running smoothly after that but I'm not complaining. I'm glad currphij fixed his problem too
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