Overheated CPU, can it effect sound ?

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I think is more a "general hardware" issue. If Mods think otherwise please feel free to move.

For the last couple of days, I thought my hard disk was failing, turned out to be my PSU which eventually gave up and popped.

On replacing the PSU, the first time it booted, the BIOS sounded an alarm and a message along the lines of "The CPU was shut down due to overheating, please service ASAP". I can only imagine the PSU died in stages and cut the power to the fan or something.

It then ran up no problem. I assumed, that as it shut itself down, it must have done so before too much damage was done.

Everything seems to run fine, until I came to play some music. The sound was fine, then after a few seconds it distorted, crackled, and slowed down, then went fine again. It repeats this every few seconds. :confused:

I thought it must be on-board sound that overheated too, so borrowed the exact same model mobo and tried again, same thing - distorted sound.

Is this possible ? Could it be anything else ?

The spec of this machine is a P4 2.6, Intel 865 GLC mobo, 1 gig RAM.
 
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alphaomega16 said:
No offence intended but if you downloaded this music a lot of companies / people put up these kind of things to make it harder to get what u want.

What the hell are you talking about ? :confused:

The music (which is perfectly legal - but thanks for suggesting otherwise) played perfectly fine, until the PSU died and the CPU overheated. Now it distorts when played. As does all the sounds (like Windows startup)
 
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Will_3rd said:
The sound playback could be affected if the CPU was over heating and throttling.

Thanks for that. The thing is, the CPU isn't running hot now. I was more concerned it got damaged when overheating, then causing some problem with the sound. I just cannot see that being the case...

I have now managed to replace every bit of the hardware to test it, with the exception of the CPU, and am now trying a fresh install of windows on another disk to see if it was the disk/software.
 
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download and install throttlewatch, and check to see if the CPU's throttling when you have the issue. If its stable@full clock speed, then I dont see why it would do it. Would be more likely to just crash and bluescreen if there was damage to the processor.

Anyway, intel CPU's throttle back on a mild overheat, and shut down completely if they get too much hotter. Your motherboard also detected the overheat and shut you down.

To be honest, I would be more open to the idea that your windows installation has become corrupted, probably due to the failing hard drive.
 
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Corasik said:
download and install throttlewatch, and check to see if the CPU's throttling when you have the issue. If its stable@full clock speed, then I dont see why it would do it. Would be more likely to just crash and bluescreen if there was damage to the processor.

Anyway, intel CPU's throttle back on a mild overheat, and shut down completely if they get too much hotter. Your motherboard also detected the overheat and shut you down.

To be honest, I would be more open to the idea that your windows installation has become corrupted, probably due to the failing hard drive.

Very clever ! - Spot on.

Been playing with this today. I put a spare disk in and rebuilt Windows. The sound was fine.
Put the old disk back in and ran Sea Tools, disk is full of errors. Looks like the disk was to blame... or the PSU took the disk out too... :(
 
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