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PeterTWJ
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Registered: ‎05-29-2010
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Re: W520 - Slight Buzzing Noise, Louder when Scrolling

I am not too sure, my cpu starts buzzing after asking Lenovo engineer to reapply the thermal paste, maybe it leaked out of the contact part? Before that, it was sweet. Anyway, I seen a Core 2 Duo laptop having similar issues (not as loud).

 

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Peter
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SonicSam
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Registered: ‎12-25-2011
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Re: W520 - Slight Buzzing Noise, Louder when Scrolling

Hello,

 

Alright I have attempted the following:

 

1. Discrete Only. Stll a buzz noise.

2. Disabled CPU Power Option from BIOS (still buzzing).

 

After reading the rest, it seems it is normal for the W520s?

 

I've never went to a Lenovo Service...Place, do I simply describe the problem and refer to my warranty?

 

Should I refer them to a specific part, I can't pinpoint the buzz source exactly.

 

Thanks!

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Honeybadger
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Registered: ‎03-03-2012
Location: Germany
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Re: W520 - Slight Buzzing Noise, Louder when Scrolling

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Hi there,

 

"Go to Lenovo Power Manager, Switch to Advanced, Global Power Settings, Scroll down to Advanced options, power management, CPU: Disabled."

 

this seems to have fixed the buzzing sound for me, can anyone tell me, what this setting actually does?

 

thanks, jan

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PeterTWJ
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Re: W520 - Slight Buzzing Noise, Louder when Scrolling

Hi honeybadger

 

This is a workaround. This settings disable CPU Power Management, which your CPU will run at full speed most or all of the time and battery life would decrease. As discussion from similar posts, the buzzing issue is caused by voltage regulator regulating the voltage and considered as normal.

 

I wont mind the buzzing, battery life is more important for my case. :smileyhappy:

 

Have a nice day! :smileytongue::smileyhappy::smileyvery-happy:

Peter
W520 (4284-A99)

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kishy
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Registered: ‎02-12-2012
Location: ON, Canada
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Re: W520 - Slight Buzzing Noise, Louder when Scrolling

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I hear this noise, and the aforementioned 'warble', if I listen very carefully.

 

Trust me, you don't know how good you've got it - just came from a Dell Vostro with internal interference issues you don't even want to imagine. It's one thing for components to whine, an acceptable thing. It's another, very unacceptable, when this internal interference is presenting itself on the internal speakers.

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Honeybadger
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Registered: ‎03-03-2012
Location: Germany
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Re: W520 - Slight Buzzing Noise, Louder when Scrolling

Hi Peter,

 

thanks for clarifying! :smileyhappy:

 

you too, have a great day, jan

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Registered: ‎11-04-2010
Location: Sydney
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Re: W520 - Slight Buzzing Noise, Louder when Scrolling

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I've learnt to put on a pair of IEMs when I want a quiet work environment.  This has been a looooong term issue with Thinkpads...

 

Her'es a link to T41 days (http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=341)...just to show you how long this issue has been going on for.  It's almost a Thinkpad signature.

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ColonelONeill
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Registered: ‎12-26-2009
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Re: W520 - Slight Buzzing Noise, Louder when Scrolling

My antique Compaq laptop (233MHz CPU, don't remember which one exactly) would make a very high pitched sound continuously during standby, so I don't think it's ThinkPad specific.
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Re: W520 - Slight Buzzing Noise, Louder when Scrolling

I wonder if other brands managed to solve this, or somehow minimize the noise level...

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PeterTWJ
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Re: W520 - Slight Buzzing Noise, Louder when Scrolling

Agree with ColonelONeill, my 5 years old Compaq Presario (C2D cpu) have similar buzzing sound as the new Core i processors.

 

Have a nice day! :smileytongue::smileyhappy::smileyvery-happy:

Peter
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