Why is my new laptop buzzing? And why do dogs have wet noses?
January 26, 2007 6:23 AM Subscribe
Why does my laptop make an annoying, high-pitched buzz when it accesses the hard drive?
posted by johndavi to computers & internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
New Dell 6400 laptop that I very much enjoy, with one exception. Seemingly whenever I do something that involves making the hard drive spin (load a web page; breathe) the computer issues a subtle, high-pitched hum.
It's seemingly an extension/augmentation of the usual hum the computer naturally emits. It just gets louder when it's working -- to the point of really annoying.
As far as I can tell the sound is louder when the screen is whiter. Like a blank Word doc. But here I may just be smoking crack. Using a scrollbar almost always seems to kick it up a notch.
It's not affected by the volume controls or wifi being on/off or the screen's overall brightness.
I borrowed a friend's MacBook Pro earlier this year and had similar issues (worse on the Mac). After nearly tossing the Mac into the trash compactor, I discovered that keeping the iSight application stopped the hum. Strange but awesome. Any such solutions/ideas for this?