It is not normal for the graphics card to make a lot of noise other than some fan noise if it has a fan on it.
Try changing from the maximum color - 32 bit to something lower and then try to set the resolution again.
Make sure your graphics card's driver is compliant with the operating system you are running, IE Win 98 or ME.
Go to your device manager and see if there is a yellow or red warning icon in the graphics adapter section. If there is update or rollback the drivers, depending on what it will allow you to do.
Edited by Enthusiast, 14 October 2006 - 06:29 AM.