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Solved: Buzzing Noise and High CPU use

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jp1203, Aug 2, 2006.

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  1. jp1203

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    On the first IBM listed in my computer specs, I notice a buzzing noise coming from the computer when I scroll. Also, the CPU runs quite high and things are generally slow. When I am switching tabs in firefox, or loading pages, the CPU goes up to 30-70 %. This is a 2 GHz. My last was half that, and it maybe hit 8 when doing things like this.

    I have no idea with the buzzing noise, but my question for the CPU use is this:

    At the moment the machine has 256 MB RAM. I am planning on putting it to 512. Will this help? Also, the processor runs at as much as 98 degrees. Is this too hot? My PIII runs at 75-80.
     
  2. jhoegl

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    Generally the CPU will be unstable at the equivalent of 70 degrees celsius, I think thats 180 degrees fahrenheit. Anyways, the buzzing sound is probly your hard drive hard at work because the computer is needing to use swap space on the HD for "temporary ram storage". Id say some extra ram might work, but what programs do you have running in the background on your laptop. You have a lot of them, or minimal/none?
     
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    It's a desktop, and I have:

    AVG
    VNC Server
    WINAMP
    Adaptec CD Burning (Tray Icon)

    That's basically it. At the moment I'm using 324 MB total memory(according to the task manager) so I bet it could stand an upgrade.
     
  4. jhoegl

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    yup, its using swap space for that extra memory it needs. Thats probly the hard drive. Is it an older hard drive? SATA drives tend not to do that anymore :)
     
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    Yeah...ATA. Old Deskstar. I think the 75 GB Deskstars were referred to as Deathstars because they lived such short lives.

    The 40 GBs seem to have better reps.

    Thanks,
    J.S.
     
  6. jhoegl

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    Quick note on this, try very hard to get the Ram from the same manufacturer with the same ns timings.

    I have had experiences where I get ram from another manufacturer and they dont work well (random blue screens).
     
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    okay, I'll look at the RAM when I'm ready to buy it to see what kind it is. Everest says Infineon, but it's been wrong before.

    Thanks,
    Joe S.
     
  8. kiwiguy

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    The "buzzing" on scroll usually indicates that the speaker cables are physically too close to the video cable and some induction is taking place - separate them as much as is possible.
     
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    The noise is from the computer itself though. Not the speakers.
     
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