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Suspicious high pitch noise

samgri

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I have noticed a suspicious high pitched noise recently. I can only hear it when the pc has power, but is not turned on (if you see what i mean, not sure what the right words to use are).
When i turn on the power supply switch at the back the noise starts immediately, and then quickly goes up to a higher continuous pitch. If i turn off the power supply switch, the pitch of the noise increases until the green power LED on the motherboard goes off. From unplugging everything and testing one by one I've found that the sound is coming from the motherboard. But i have no idea what it is and whether it's a serious problem or not. I can't tell if its still there when the computer is actually on and running (like it is right now) because it's only a very quiet noise and i can't hear it over the fans.
Performance is the same as usual and i haven't noticed anything else so it doesn't seem to be affecting anything yet.
Anyone got a clue what this could be? I'm rather worried.

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vanthus

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Sounds like "Coil whine" or "cap whine" these are terms used to describe high pitched sounds that can emanate from components such as capacitors or inductors on the motherboard or GPU for example.This is usually caused by high frequency power draw from the PSU & is normal to a certain extent.If the noise is excessive a replacement PSU may be required.
 

samgri

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Seeing as i can barely notice it, i probably haven't got much to worry about then?
The only problem with that theory is that power supply switch is on, so there's power. But the computer is off, not booted up, whatever. So there shouldn't be any power draw?
 

vanthus

Member Resting in Peace
Seeing as i can barely notice it, i probably haven't got much to worry about then?
The only problem with that theory is that power supply switch is on, so there's power. But the computer is off, not booted up, whatever. So there shouldn't be any power draw?
That's true,I can only guess it's caused by a capacitor (which can store power on it's own) as an electrician I have experienced a few belts from capacitors that don't have any power going to them.:)
 
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