Memory (RAM) Chirps

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Memory (RAM) Chirps

Post by SavageNFS on Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:34 am

I have a buddy complaining of RAM chirping. Loads make it chirp more often but it will chirp at the desktop. He has swapped out ram sticks with no loss of chirping. Do you think if he over or under clocked the memory, it would help eliminate the chirping?

SK 21G board...microATX MB, Windows XP, 1GB stiqs (DDR 2 x 1 GB stiqs, 200Mhz)

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Re: Memory (RAM) Chirps

Post by smduff on Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:47 am

I doubt its the ram, it's more likely a video card or motherboard. As for getting it to stop I don't think adjusting anything will help.
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Post by bob2701 on Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:19 am

Where is he hearing the chirp from? Speaker? Is it possible it is a fan making the chirp?
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Re: Memory (RAM) Chirps

Post by SavageNFS on Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:04 pm

According to him, the sound is coming from the direction of the MB/RAM location. Not a fan or speaker. I'll tinker with it next time I see him. He is only an hour from me. Thx... thanks
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Re: Memory (RAM) Chirps

Post by grumpydaddy on Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:12 pm

Capacitors sometimes "sing" and I am guessing this is what he is hearing....

I had this on a graphics card that was folding

Get a tube (3/8" watercooling maybe) and place one end in ear then search for the source with the other end ...when the search end is over the noisy component the volume will increase dramatically

If it is a cap then try a blob of silicone sealer (the plumbing variety would do) between the board and the cap to reduce any resonance. If that fails then consider changing out the cap
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Re: Memory (RAM) Chirps

Post by SavageNFS on Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:21 pm

thanks grumpydaddy that sounds very possible...
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