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There is a very high pitched whine coming from my laptop where the RAM modules are installed. Is it possible for the RAM to make a high pitched whine like this?

I am currently in the process of trying out the modules by themselves.
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some are known to do that, I have seen someone else ask that question and couple of ppl noticed there laptops doing that on a certain brand. Cant remember what brand if my life depended on it but yeah there you go.

HOPE THAT HELPS!!
 
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I had that issue for a while with my friends laptop, it went away after i reset the ram though.
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It's probably a capacitor, in which case nothing is wrong some just do that. It does get annoying though :/
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Quote:
Originally Posted by biltong View Post
It's probably a capacitor, in which case nothing is wrong some just do that. It does get annoying though :/
First: It could be a capacitor.
Second: These types of capacitors aren`t on your RAM.
These are electrolyt capacitors. It happens when there is too much voltage applied and the liquid starts cooking.
This is wrong. Since the capacitor could be damaged your mobo COULD become unusable:
So behold. It is not annoying it could damage your hardware!
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post #6 of 8
Capacitors, electrolytic or not, almost never make any noise.

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Is it possible for the RAM to make a high pitched whine like this?
No, but chokes that are part of the power circuitry supplying the memory can make such a noise.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blameless View Post
Capacitors, electrolytic or not, almost never make any noise.



No, but chokes that are part of the power circuitry supplying the memory can make such a noise.
Correct, sir.

Chokes can sometimes whine because of their windings vibrating against eachother when they have more current pulled through them (as they create a greater magnetic force).

Nothing to worry about, just very annoying.

Sig link explains it more.
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Quote:
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Capacitors, electrolytic or not, almost never make any noise.
Sure they do. If to much voltage is applied like explained. When the liquid is cooking the pressure is increasing. The pressure forces it`s way through the top of the capacitor.
You could try for yourself if you have one.
Just use enough voltage!
My father explained me that and he has more than 40 years of experience of repairing all electronic devices.
Of course under normal circumstances this wont happen.
Edited by Mr.Eiht - 9/25/11 at 10:21am
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