Weird chirping sound.

December 21, 2005 at 11:14:14
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I've noticed this strange high-pitched but low volume kind of chirping noise coming from my computer but only when I play certain games. For example, the two I've noticed were freeware Mastermind and Othello games. When the game plays, I hear the noise and its coming from the CPU area. It doesn't seem to be the fan itself, its not any fan but its definitely a high pitched electronic kind of chirping sound. The weird thing is that I hear the sound when a game like Othello is launched, but when I press Start, the sound disappears.

Its very strange, anyone know what this kind of noise is from? A transistor? Something I should be worried about and why just when I play a game?


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#1
December 21, 2005 at 11:29:02
Even though you say it's not a fan, that's the only logical source. My guess is that it's a speed controlled fan that increases speed (and causes the noise) when heated up.

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#2
December 21, 2005 at 11:55:02
I don't know about the fan being the source. It may sound dumb but I used my finger to stop the cpu fan for a split second but still heard the noise, it didn't change in pitch or volume when I did this No, this is more of an electronic kind of high pitched chirping sound which is why I suspect one or more of the surrounding transistors on the board.

Its very strange.

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#3
December 21, 2005 at 11:59:54
I don't have the answer but I do know my computer makes noises which is not any fans.
When the computer is off but still plugged into power supply, the Power Supply Unit makes a low volume whistling noise some of the time. It has done this since the PSU was new about 3 years ago. It is not the fan as I can see it is not turning.

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#4
December 21, 2005 at 12:25:45
Since we are into a wierd problem, I have a wierd suggestion to check out: it may be your system beeper. If the game is sending some type of signal, it may mistakenly cause a vib in the speaker. Easy to check-just find your system beeper and trace the cable back to where it plugs into the mainboard and pull the plug off. Reboot into the game and see if the sound is still there. I only had this experience once and it was not a game, but doesn't cost anything to check it out.

If no joy, have you been hanging around any
occult groups lately? ;0)

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#5
December 21, 2005 at 12:27:29
Well it seems to happen when running CPU intensive programs. I ran a couple while Asus Probe was on the screen, the cpu got hotter but not overly hot. While running the game that seems to cause the chirping, the cpu temp went from around 27C to 33C after a few minutes. That doesn't seem extreme but its definitely coming from either the CPU or one of the transistors or coils around it.

I found this thread on another board that seems to indicate others having similar problems with Asus boards, although mine is a different model, I wonder if this is a common problem with Asus boards:

http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/6400/?o=0

I think the only reason I've started noticing the sound is that I recently replaced my hard drive and haven't bothered putting the case cover back on.

My real question here is: is this just an annoyance or a symptom of a failing board?


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December 21, 2005 at 12:31:55
ranchhand, when you say "system beeper" are you referring to the little speaker? I'm not sure what a system beeper is.


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#7
December 21, 2005 at 12:41:46
Never mind. But no, that didn't solve the problem. No occults either.


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December 21, 2005 at 13:19:20
Well I seem to have narrowed it down to 3d intensive programs. I ran dxdiag and ran the "test direct 3d" button. Each time the little direct x spinning cube came on the screen, the high pitched chirping from the motherboard/cpu area started. When the test finished, the chirping stopped.

Its defintely coming from the CPU area of the motherboard, not the power supply, video card, hard drive, nor any fans. Of that I'm positive. I can't think of why the cpu itself would make this noise, perhaps one of the little voltage things, transistors, the ones with the little copper wires wrapped around them. I don't know. If any one has ever heard of this and has a solution I'd appreciate it.

The weird thing is that I don't remember ever hearing this before and I've had this system for over a year and have had the case cover off before.

As I said, my main concern is not that this is just an annoyance but a sign that something bad is happening to the board.

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#9
December 21, 2005 at 13:27:06
Could it be excessive load? Could it be my 350watt power supply if the computer is not getting enough power from it?
Its a Tsunami XP320 running at 350watts.


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#10
December 21, 2005 at 14:39:55
A few of my computers do this while running CPU/RAM stressing programs. I have no clue what it is, but one of the computers is 3 years old, and never had a breakdown once.

Ignore it and be happy.


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#11
December 21, 2005 at 18:57:30
Could you have your bios set to warn of overheating, and have the threshhold temp set too low? Mine will beep if I enable that option and have the setting in it's lower range. Not sure what bios you have, though...

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#12
December 22, 2005 at 05:10:34
No its not a bios setting because (1) Its not a beeping sound, its like a high pitched electronic whistle or chirping sound. (2) The computer wasn't overheating, it was around 33c at the time.

I guess there is no answer to this one.


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#13
December 22, 2005 at 05:57:23
There IS an answer, just not one anyone can figure out! :) (Sorry, coffee got the better of me)

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#14
December 22, 2005 at 09:10:34
Well I tried a different, more powerful PSU but I still get the same chirping sound in 3d applications coming from the cpu area. :(


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#15
January 5, 2006 at 13:23:56
I know that's not related to the CPU, but have you tried to shut down the monitor when this occurs... it sounds weird, but I have had bad experiences with poor quality monitors doing ringing sounds.

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#16
January 8, 2006 at 10:34:21
I replaced the MB 10 day's ago and noticed the same "problem", I have heard similar noise once by a "bad" capacitor in a PS, quotes meen that there was no problem exept for the anoyance.

But I'm going to try and replace the mb cause I have an audigy and I dont need another sound card for noise!

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#17
January 12, 2006 at 17:32:31
the solution is this...

I had the same problem and what is going on is your computer is warning you that the CPU is overheating. Now, its probably not because your warning in the bios is set to low. I had mine set to warn if the temperature gets over 70C and I got the chirping noise all the time... I went into the bios and saw that the temp was currently 80C so the chirping was the warning that you have set in the bios to notify you. I changed it to warn me if the temperature gets over 90C and the chirping immediately stopped.


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#18
January 13, 2006 at 18:22:27
I have the exact same problem. I've recently upgraded cpu, mobo, vid card and ram. And I'm still getting that noise.

It's most audible during WoW. It gets a bit annoying sometimes. I'll post more as i progress


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