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I have been having some problems with my graphics card recently. Everything in my system is about 2 months old and I have had no problem up until about a week or so ago.

Basically I have been hearing this geiger counter type of sound from my gpu when playing games and it definately doesnt sound like the fan and I'm sure it's something more than that because my games occasionally freeze up or crash and today while playing the Diablo III beta I was having some stutters whenever this sound happens. The last time it happened I just restarted my computer and it seemed to be fine til my computer was restarted since then just today. Not sure if this has anything to do with it but I just downloaded catalyst 12.1 or whatever the newest is today and I was doing pretty much fine with 11.2 or whatever I had before.
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You sure it isn't your HDD?
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Yes I'm sure because I have a huge case and my gpu is kinda far from the drive bay so it's pretty clear where its coming from. And it usually only happens when the gpu is being used a lot.
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Originally Posted by stringzoffury View Post

Yes I'm sure because I have a huge case and my gpu is kinda far from the drive bay so it's pretty clear where its coming from. And it usually only happens when the gpu is being used a lot.

It's probably coil whine, the inductors on the card can make a high pitched sound when a lot of current is flowing through them. This would happen more often if the card was running intensive applications.

EDIT: If it's like this then it's almost certainly coil whine, I'm guessing it is and my cards do it to.

The only ways to fix it that I know of are to RMA your card or to put hot glue, nail varnish or some other coating on the Inductors to dampen the vibrations and prevent whining.
Edited by Mike-IRL - 2/3/12 at 7:36pm
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try removing catalyst and then installing according to this.

there's really no point in updating (or even using) catalyst, just the driver is fine and it doesn't need to be the very latest one.
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post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Mike-IRL View Post

It's probably coil whine, the inductors on the card can make a high pitched sound when a lot of current is flowing through them. This would happen more often if the card was running intensive applications.

I don't think this is the case because I have heard recordings of that sound and the sound I'm getting is not high pitched at all but more of a very rapid clicking type of noise.
post #7 of 18
You can take the eraser end of a pen or some other nonconducting object and press against the coils while it is clicking. The will look like wire wraped around either a ring or a stick of iron. The clicking should go away if you apply some pressure to the coil. Once you find the bad coil you can use some super glue on it and it should stop the clicking. I've done this on a couple of motherboard, and one gpu.
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Ha, I read your title as a geiger counter sounded from your 6950.
 
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post #9 of 18
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Ha, I read your title as a geiger counter sounded from your 6950.

Haha no that would be realll badd.
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I think it has something to do with fan now actually. Whenever I turn the fan speed much above 60% I get the sound and in game as i said I usually have framerate problems or crash when I hear the sound but if i turn the fans down I'm fine I've found.
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