Hissing Sound

Custom / P5k se
April 25, 2009 at 03:36:04
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.604 GHz / 2047 MB
During bootup a loud " Hissing" sound comes through my speakers. I have tried checking plugs, changed speakers, turned speakers on after bootup - nothing will get rid of the sound. It is so bad that I have to turn speakers off. P5K SE has a Realtek ALC 883 audio codec on the motherboard.

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#1
April 25, 2009 at 06:52:18
I wonder if it's picking up the sound of the HD spinning & amplifying it. If you have a bootable CD or USB drive, maybe an ISO, boot from it. See if you still hear it.

If you have a sound card laying around somewhere, try that too.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#2
April 27, 2009 at 16:58:07
Thanks for the suggestions. I have tried booting from a CD - no difference.
I am unable to test out the sound card suggestion - I don't have a sound card.
Just to make it worse, I tried the speakers before testing the CD boot, and the sound had disappeared. a mystery !. Turned the machine off and rebooted, yes you guessed, the hiss was back. So now I have an intermittent problem.
Thanks again.

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#3
April 27, 2009 at 19:13:20
Disconnect the white power plug from the HD & boot from the CD. I should have suggested that in the beginning.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#4
April 30, 2009 at 02:22:45
Thanks again for your suggestions. I fairly sure that it is not the HDD. During bootup the hissing sound only comes in after "the moving dots" in the XP window have gone back & forth about 5-6 times. If it was connected to the HDD then it would appear as soon as the boot process started.
I will keep trying different things.

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#5
April 30, 2009 at 04:22:55
Yes, the HD is spinning but the amplification may not start until after the POST because the sound driver isn't loaded until then. You have to test the theory. With a strange problem like that, there is no room for guessing.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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