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#1 Gleb

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 06:31 PM

Hey,
I have an HP Pavilion a610n which is 6 years old. It has windows xp and the rest of the specs can be found here.

9 out of 10 times on start up it just beeps rapid fire continuously and doesn't stop until I unplug it. I've let it go for over a minute. Both fans inside turn on so I'm not sure if its a cooling issue.

My first guess was the ram. I had extra ram sitting around and threw that in, but it still made the same noise. I also took out the ram and started it and the computer only beeped once, which is what I expected, so I'm assuming the ram is not the problem.

The times that it does start, it works fine. No slow-downs or anything.

I've searched around for a while (google and here) and can't find any answers.

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 07:53 PM

You have an Award BIOS.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...p;lang=en#N1520

You need to look up the beep code which you hear to ascertain what the system is trying to tell you.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 08:44 PM

thanks for the fast reply :thumbsup:

so its "Continuous beeping without pause = Serious system related problem such as CPU overheating"

what should I replace? and is it worth replacing? Is there a way to pinpoint the exact problem?

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 09:33 PM

If you are interpreting the beep codes correctly...overheating can be overcome via several steps.

a. Replace the heatsink/fan, being sure to use thermal paste properly.

b. As an interim measure, you can open the case and place a small fan so that it blows air (low speed) into the case.

You should also check your CPU temperature, by either a look in the BIOS (CPU temps are reflected there) or software.

Example software: Core Temp - http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

Example heatsink/fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....name=Socket%20A

If you haven't done this before, it can be intimidating...you may want to consider buying the heatsink/fan and thermal grease/paste and having someone else remove the old and put the new in.

Google Links, Replacing Heatsink/Fan

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 09:53 PM

what really confuses me is the computer would be off for days in a cool room and those beeps occur on the first start up. Is it anticipating overheating or something?

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 01:35 AM

Unplug the key board and see if it starts Ok, I had a board go bad years back that did the same thing.

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 09:09 AM

everything is unplugged and it still did that.

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 10:05 AM

Did you check to see if the heatsink/fan are securely in place?

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 11:46 AM

Did you check to see if the heatsink/fan are securely in place?

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yes.
its actually my ex girlfriend's computer. I think I'm just going to take her hard drive and try to transfer her info to another and just junk or donate the computer somewhere. I've been telling her that she has needed a new one for a while.

again, thank you for all of your help!

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 11:57 AM

LOL...new computers are always an improvement and (normally) eliminate the hardware factor...happy computing :thumbsup:.

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 12:21 PM

socket A athlons run hot. The replacing of the cpu fan and new paste or pad might do it. Might not. I had to do one of mine 5 times before I got the temps down below the top alarm stage.

Check your bios too. It may have an alarm setting that got set too low.




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