I'm trying to work out what is wrong with this laptop. There is a hissing sound coming from the power board mid left. The laptop screen remains off and there is no output to external VGA unless it requires BIOS settings, manual doesn't specify key combination to switch. The hissing sound is also present when either inverter board or lamp is disconnected. The laptop flashes all leds and FDD comes in as it would be POSTting.



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It sounds a bit like "coil whine", i.e. high frequency vibrations in a transformer or coil caused by fluctuation in the magnetic field they maintain.

That in itself does not necessarily indicate a failure, but sometimes you can hear this type of sound from switchers straining to maintain the desired output voltage, maybe due to some component failing shorted.

Without knowing specifics of this model, the display may need elevated voltages and there could be a boost converter hard at work.

This does not explain the missing external video output except if something is shorted and dragging down the supply in general. Did you check voltages?

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    Sometimes you can also hear noise from under-loaded power adaptors, which decrease their switching frequency, down into the audible range, so they don't supply too much power. Commented Nov 13, 2020 at 17:46

Retrograde's suggestion is most likely the cause... On the video it looks like the sound comes from LCD so my bet its the high voltage supply in the link of yous its called BACKLIGHT POWER INVERTER MODULE:

backlight inverter

There are many possible reasons for this like:

  • failing caps (electrolytes) of switching power supply / inverter

    I see two on the image the black tall cylinders with aluminium top check if they are not slightly lose (can be turn by +/-5 deg radially without bending the pins) or the top is not flat anymore (if it is spherically convex) then it means the cap is bad and need to be replaced.

  • disconnected load (backlight)

    sometimes the connector can get lose and disconnect

  • short circuited load (backlight)

    I saw once (also on laptop) that the high voltage cables where isolated just by tape which in time unstack and the cables short circuited them self after twisting.

  • faulty backlight lamp

My bet its one of the first two reasons. These converters are usually located on one of the edges of the LCD so try to verify its the case... From the images it looks like its the right vertical edge of your LCD so check if the sound comes from that area:



the hissing sound itself is probably best solved the same way it is in old tv's... just put glue on the transformers. :P but that's just a side effect of some actual defect here i guess.

  • Unless you know what “glue on the transformers” solves, this doesn't answer the question. The question isn't about how to fix the problem, but what the problem is. (One more upvote, and you'll be able to post comments; this would be an excellent comment! Keep at it!)
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Jan 3, 2022 at 22:17
  • Putting a dob of glue, or bluetack, on the line transformer dampens the magnetostriction and therefore subdues the resonance. It was a standard trick in analogue TVs to stop the high pitched transformer whine.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Jan 4, 2022 at 10:18

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