video card memory

August 20, 2010 at 20:31:01
Specs: Windows 7
I hear a weird grinding/screeching noise when I scroll quickly through the screen using the scroll wheel. I have a logitech mouse which allows me to let the scroll wheel roll freely rather than clicking up and down meaning that I can scroll fairly quickly through spreadsheets and large pdfs.

My theory is that when I am scrolling quickly the video card memory becomes full and it start loading data into the RAM or virtual hard drive memory and that causes the noise I am hearing.

Does this sound right and am I damaging my computer
??

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#1
August 20, 2010 at 23:22:59
i think you are visualising on a mechanical level not an electronic level.
where is the weird noise comming from the mouse? the computer? the fans? the hard drive?
swapping bits and bytes from memory, mobo, ram etc tec is a soundless electronic transfer.
if it is your drive making the noise you may be advised to buy another cos it may be yours is getting ready to quit..
another possibility is that one of your capacitors is leaking?
check your system when the sound is happening and look for smoke, or a bubbling or brown patches surrounding the capacitor, these usually go on the power unit, or video card first, does it happen when you are playing games too?

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#2
August 21, 2010 at 01:05:27
Hard to tell where the noise is coming from as I am using a laptop and I can't see where all of the different parts are. It's also difficult to tell if the noise is coming from one part or another.

I think it is coming from somewhere around the RAM cards which are well away from the hard drive.

I think it happens when I am working the computer processor too. For example, if I am manipulating a large data file for several hours but its hard to tell as the fan kicks in in this situation and drown out most other noises.


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#3
August 21, 2010 at 06:50:56
I guess, it's not a hardware problem but a driver problem.
Anyway, to check out this, download and burn a linux live cd. Knoppix is a good one for testing.
Boot your laptop with the linux live cd and check, whether the problem persists.

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#4
August 21, 2010 at 08:28:22
How could it be a driver problem. The noise is coming from the hardware

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#5
August 21, 2010 at 08:50:47
What will drive the hardware???

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#6
August 22, 2010 at 05:41:13
Noises come from faulty hardware. How can a driver make a sound?

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#7
August 22, 2010 at 06:58:43
sorry imagined it was a desktop.
the only moving parts in your system are the hard drives and the fans..
you say the noise is well away from the hard drive, so one can suspect a fan. on a mechanical level, if the noise only kicks in when you are doing processor intensive works, or graphical work, that would cancel out the drive, although you can stop paging to the drive just to be sure.
try blowing out your air vents with a compressor or gas can, or vacuuming while its off of course. test the air vents when you get the noise for smells, (your looking for a kinda burning metallic dirty smell)
if this fails, take out 1 memory stick use your computer, then try the other. that will confirm if a memory stick is complaining ;-) (never heard of a mem stick to make noise, but you never know)
if you have a second hard drive slot, try the drive in another slot,(some machines you can remove the dvd and replace with a second hard drive)
at this point i would suggest that you have done all you can do without taking off the covers and running open to try and define the noise, if it it still under warranty take it back.

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#8
August 22, 2010 at 06:58:46
The driver itself didn't make the sound.
The driver controls the hardware.
If the driver is faulty, it could drive a chip to make faulty things, that may cause noices.

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#9
August 22, 2010 at 09:18:25
I see, thanks. On a somewhat related topic; I have been doing a lot of processor intensive work lately. Sometimes I need to leave my computer running overnight while it does millions and millions of statistical calculations. Does this wear the computer out? The computer get fairly hot as the fans start working loudly.

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#10
August 22, 2010 at 10:08:03
No it won't wear the computer out. If it can't perform the things you want it to do, you need to upgrade to a machine that will. Keep it clean ans elevated off the surface of the desk so it has an adequate air flow.

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