Does your graphics card make noise?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by panoz7, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. panoz7 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2005
    Raleigh, NC
    My macbook pro's giving me a headache... literally, and figuratively. Whenever I do anything that might involve a large portion of the screen refreshing (scrolling this webspage for example, or changing a layer's opacity in photoshop) my macbook emits this sort of high-pitched staticy noise. The closest sound I can compare it to is the buzzing that my power-supply makes.

    I'm especially susceptible to getting headaches from high-pitched computer noises. The sound of CRTs drive me crazy. This isn't exactly comparable to that noise (it's not constant), but needless to say it's giving me a headache.

    It's also been freezing up a lot recently. I attributed it to a buggy install of snow-leopard but I've since done another clean install and it still hangs pretty frequently.

    So, two questions:

    First, is this normal? I don't seem to recall it doing this until recently, but maybe I just missed it.

    Second, if it's not normal, is this something that might be indicative of a failing graphics card? And if that's the case could my hangups be related to it?

    My MBP is the model that initially had the faulty Nvidia 8600M gpu. My first one failed and apple replaced the logic board. They claimed the new one they replaced it with wouldn't have the same problems, but I'm starting to wonder.

    Any ideas?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Other then the fan and occasionally the hard drive burping away as it accesses data, I'm not hearing anything from my MBP
  3. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    No, it's not normal, but I also don't think it's indicative of any impending hardware failure. Take your MBP in and have it repaired since it's bothering you.

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