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Strange Subtle Noises...

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 27, 2005 3:53:16 AM

I have not so much as a problem, but a curiosity. I have noticed that whenever my video card is under load it makes a slight, constant noise, almost like a the sound of a cd-rom reading a disk, only more quiet(no, it is not the cd-rom :)  ).

I figured this was normal, but this noise also happens on things as simple as moving the scroll bar on a web page, or anything where the GPU has to 'change' the image on the screen (even though it is doing it constantly anyway, i know.)
I am only assuming this is the video card, as I cannot isolate the noise, but it seemed the only logical source.

Regardless, I have experienced no negative effects such as performance loss or artifacts since I noticed the noises, but if this is an indication of something nasty to come, ie, something frying, I would like to know :) 

I am running a 9800 pro 128mb, Athlon 2600, GigaByte 7N400 Pro2.


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June 27, 2005 9:23:28 AM

Maybe it's the hard drive which your operating system is installed on.
June 27, 2005 9:33:38 AM

It doesn't seem to be, it's a different noise. I can hear the HDD as well.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to decieve.
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June 27, 2005 6:53:24 PM


I cannot hear anything over all my fans... sometimes ever the TV...

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210x11.5 1.82v SP-97
GB Corsair XMS PC3200
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NF7-S/MBarton 2600+
210x11.5 1.76v
512MB CVR PC3200
Sapphire 9500@9700
a b U Graphics card
June 27, 2005 7:51:03 PM

Youd could sale you video card on eBay saying its a haunted video card, some guy didi it with his NES :wink:

Seriously, my best guess is that your fan on your 9800 is un-balanced or has some dust and when its start spinning faster it make a noise.

As for scrolling thats one weird thing(I bet your mouse is USB! It puts lots of stress on our computer.Open task manager and scroll fast or just move around the mouse fast and you can get your cpu close to 100%(if you cant, drop your girlfriend and train your wrist :evil:  ).

Asus P4P800DX, P4C 2.6ghz@3.25ghz, 2X512 OCZ PC4000 3-4-4-8, MSI 6800Ultra stock, 2X30gig Raid0
July 2, 2005 3:05:16 AM

Yeah, normally can't hear over my fans either, deactivated my 120mm because I couldn't sleep with it on:)  and it's winter now, thats how I noticed it.

I was basically just looking for anyone that had the same thing...if it blows it blows I guess, time for an upgrade in the next 6 months anyway I suppose :) 

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to decieve.