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Strange Sounds During Downloads

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#1 Berniep2


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Posted 15 October 2007 - 11:05 AM

I am running an HP Pavillion with an AMD Athlon Processor, Windows XP Media Edition. I recently ran ad-aware, spybot search & destroy and autoruns to clean up my machine. It seems to run fine and does not take inordinately long to boot up. I have left cookies in place for the services I could identify.

HOWEVER, for the past several months I get the sound of a camera shutter, usually shortly after I boot up. No other indications, messages, Icons, etc. Just the camera shutter sound.

Anyone heard of something like this? What program or cookie does this?

Any help appreciated.

Thanks, BernieP2

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 12:15 PM

I get the sound of a camera shutter, usually shortly after I boot up

Noises (i.e. beeping) after startup are usually a sign of hardware related issues or an indication of high temperatures. When was the last time you cleaned the inside of your computer? Dust restricts the airflow and prevents proper cooling. This in turn can cause overheating and faulty processor fans which can result in unexpected shutdowns, random restarts, booting problems, etc.
  • Open your machine, check all the connections and make sure the fans are all operational.
  • Check the heat sink on the processor to ensure it is not blocked with dust or debris.
  • Remove the CPU's cooling unit and clean the fins on the heat sink that sits under the CPU with a can of compressed air.
  • Inspect the thermal compound between the CPU and heatsink as it can break down over time so.
  • Remove the cards and RAM modules, clean the contacts and reseat them.
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When a computer is first turned on or rebooted, its BIOS performs a power-on self test (POST) to test the system's hardware. The BIOS checks to make sure that all of the system's hardware components are working properly and that it meets the necessary system requirements before booting up. If BIOS detects an error and fails the POST, the computer returns a pattern of beeps indicating what is causing the problem.

Beep codes can be in several different patterns, depending on the BIOS that you are using. Some BIOSes use simple beep codes in a pattern of varying numbers of short beeps, while others may mix short and long beeps. The exact meaning of the beep codes depends on the type and version of BIOS that you have. The three most popular types of BIOS are those made by Award, American Megatrends (AMI) and Phoenix.

In order to interpret the beep code pattern you are receiving you need to know exactly what version of BIOS your computer has. The easiest way to do this is to download and install the Belarc Advisor from here. After installed, run the Advisor and it will produce a report with the version of BIOS on your computer. Then you can look up the appropriate codes for the manufacturer at BIOS Central or computerhope.com.
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#3 Berniep2

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 04:50 PM

Thanks for the reply. My use of the term "after startup" is perhaps too imprecise. The noises are not Beep codes. (This is the first computer I have bought, I assembled all my others from components and have had my fun decoding and fixing beep code issues).

By after start up I meant withing 1/2 to 1 hour after boot (rather than after say 5 or 10 hours).

The interior of the machine is clean and not dusty ... I have had my fun with those issues in the past also.

I do thank you for responding to my Query though. Perhaps someone else has run across this item ... As I said, it doesn't seem to be malicious... besides, I'm on dial-up and there's not a lot of info you can pump up a 56Kb channel! And that can only be done when I'm actually on line.



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Posted 15 October 2007 - 05:54 PM

Stop all of your instant messengers from running at startup. That is what it sounds like to me. Test it out and let us know.
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