Processor making a wierd noise

By Affinity
Sep 9, 2005
  1. The noise is a chainy, crickets churping like noise. Its constant while the computer is on, and can be distincly heard when doing specific things. For example, when I display a large image in an AIM window and scroll up and down or when i go into the bois, the noise is a single cling like noise when I tap through the different menus. It seems like an electronic signal noise, happens with more frequency when the processor is working.

    Some information I must include: I had a heating problem when I first built the unit. The heatsink was not seated correctly, and the computer ran at times ~90C... yes 90C, but it ran constantly at 70-80 without problem. It ran for a couple days like this because I didn't bother to check the reading the day of install, and went to work with it running. I have sinced fixed the problem, and the CPU now runs at ~50C, maxing out at 60 during intense gaming.

    From what I remember, I can remember hearing the noise from day one. What im looking for is some help identifying it. Its probably from the heat, but I want to run it by you guys first.

    Computer Specs:
    Intel D915PBL Mobo w/ P4 3.4ghz processor
    1gb DDR2 Pc4300 ram
    250gb sata hd
    7800GT PCI-E gfx card

    Oh, this is my first post, Hi :)
  2. Tedster

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

    could be a bearing going bad in your fan. If you have a smart fan, the noise will change frequency as the fan speeds or slows.
  3. Affinity

    Affinity TS Rookie Topic Starter

    its definitely not the fan, as the noise is controlable under both examples i gave in the previous post (bios menu, picture scrolling). Its while the processor is doing something. If the system hangs, the noise ceeses.
  4. atrice

    atrice TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Well I haven't experienced everything there is to experience in the world, but one thing I have never heard of is a processor making noise. The reason I say it's impossible (in theory) is because CPUs have no moving parts. Reading your post, the first thing that comes to my mind is the hard drive. If you haven't already, I would take the side panel off of the tower and pinpoint the source of the noise (if it isn't, in fact, the CPU).
  5. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

    Cpu's, MoBo's can and do make noises, however there is a more likely source,
    a cricket in the case (not the bug). The sounds are comming from very close to the cpu.
    Two things come to mind:
  6. Rab2140

    Rab2140 TS Rookie Posts: 89

    Ah mate i know what you are going through here ! i have the exact same problem and i agree it is not the processor and is something very close to the processor but i do not know what and i do not know how to fix it any suggestions anyone ? i was talking to some one and they said tha it was just normal noise with these new processors but i fail to belive that its very irritating when i scroll and play games ino what ya mean mate:D
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Take a Q-tip or the eraser on the end of a pencil and touch around on the coils or other components. See if you can find the source of the noise. It is extremely rare for coils to make noise on motherboards. It's far more common for fans or their vibrations to create this kind of noise...

    As for CPU's themselves, I think that sometimes they might vibrate in the socket, at the high operating frequencies they run at. This is not that common either
  8. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Check the Northbridge and video card fans too. Are you sure you've got the HSF installed correctly this time? Maybe it's still not seated correctly and vibrating a little(just enough to make a clicking noise).(i.e some harmonic vibration related to fan RPM which is related to CPU load).
  9. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Its the hard drive, noting wrong just a loud drive, my comp did this.
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    If your hard drive is making this kind of noise, start saving your pennies for a new drive... You might back up your data too
  11. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    I don't think its the CPU. Like others said the fan is probably the cause change that and see if it stops.
  12. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    lol....You guys realize you are responding to a thread that is from 9/10/2005?!?!
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Rab2140 started the resurrection. Hope we have been of some help to him. So much for starting new threads ;)
  14. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    No it was my old drive doing it, there was never any problem with it (Hitachi not maxtor) Just a loud drive.
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