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#1 bvdman89

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 03:28 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop. It randomly gives off a single beep every once in a while. Any ideas?

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:40 PM

Does this occur during boot or at any time? Can you remember doing anything in particular when the it beeped.

You could try looking in the Event Viewer for any errors or warnings at the time of the beep.

To open the Event Viewer go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer. Alternately, go to Start > Run and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.

Check in all the categories (Application, Security, System and Internet Explorer).

If you find an error or warning that occurred at the time right-click on it and select properties. Copy the information in the window and post it back here. This will help us diagnose your problem.

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#3 bvdman89

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 10:57 AM

It doesn't occur during boot -- Just when it's fully on.
I got two errors randomly:
Error 1:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: ati2mtag
Event Category: DAL
Event ID: 43015
Date: 4/9/2008
Time: 11:54:26 AM
User: N/A
Computer: BRYAN
Description:
I2c return failed
Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 5a 00 ......Z.
0008: 2a 00 00 00 07 a8 00 c0 *.....
0010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........



Error 2:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: ati2mtag
Event Category: DAL
Event ID: 43015
Date: 4/9/2008
Time: 11:54:26 AM
User: N/A
Computer: BRYAN
Description:
I2c return failed
Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 5a 00 ......Z.
0008: 2a 00 00 00 07 a8 00 c0 *.....
0010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........


Thanks for your help.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 11:41 AM

FWIW: Those two errors in Event Viewer...relate to ATI video card/chip.

http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet...stop-error.aspx

I have 2 ATI cards and I find that things go wrong when I allow WinUpdate to "update" cards which were working well, so I would agree that you may want to try rolling back to your previous driver.

If that doesn't work, then I would try updating the drivers...using the Dell website.

If that doesn't work, I would remove all ATI files from the system, via Add/Remove Programs...remove the drivers from the card/chip, via Device Manager...and just allow XP to redetect the card and install the original drivers for card/chip.

I've never heard a beep in conjunction with using my cards...it may be the system is trying to tell you that the card is failing.

Louis

Edited by hamluis, 09 April 2008 - 11:42 AM.





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