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BEEP Tic vs BEEP BEEP at start-up


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#1 Knock312

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 05:09 PM

Hello,

Windows XP, Service Pac 3

I just had a "search engine redirect issue" fixed by "Gringo." One thing that is different now is at windows start-up, this laptop makes a BEEP TIC (Higher in frequency than the BEEP) vs the BEEP BEEP sounds I've had for ever. The computer start-up sequence is very slow as it takes minutes before the computer is ready to be used.

During the virus removal, a few times the reboot start-up sounds were BEEP - TIC - BEEP (again the TIC was higher a higher tone and faster than the BEEPs). What do the different sounds mean?

I'll start another thread requesting help to fix my computer problems.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 05:25 PM

What is the make/model of the system?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 05:42 PM

Computer is a HSN special from a few years back.

Viscom Technology Group, Inc
V2 Premier
Model 600L
Intel® Pentium®M processor 1.86GHZ

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Edited by Knock312, 26 September 2011 - 05:45 PM.


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Posted 28 September 2011 - 09:49 PM

Here's the latest.

Yesterday (27 Sept), the start-up sound degenerated to only one "beep." But today the computer is back to its normal "beep-beep" start-up sounds. Prior to shutdown, I did allow two updates that the computer said needed to be done. Don't think anything else was changed.

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 09:37 AM

Go Start/Run...type msinfo32 and hit Enter.

What is reflected for System Manufacturer...and System Model?

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:40 PM

System Manufacture: Generic
System Model: G600 Series

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 10:30 AM

Let's try this.

Publish Snapshot Using Speccy

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:23 AM

Hi Louis, Here's the results of using Speccy:

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/6Fl2k76KamZn6km4LEhlj8w

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 08:17 AM

Seems that you have an AMI BIOS.

AMI Beep Codes

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:45 AM

Thanks Louis for the info. "Bios Beeps"...never knew of such!

My latest startup had three "beeps": one high pitch, very short "bleep" followed by two lower sounding "beeps". Looks like my "RAM IC is probably bad."

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 11:24 AM

IMO...the first step to determining if RAM is bad...is to try each module individually, in the same motherboard slot.

Second step is to try combinations of the modules...in varying slots.

Third step...would be to run a memory diagnostic program, testing each module individually...then testing the modules in combination.

Memtest86+ Guide-How To's - Overclockers Forums - http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409152

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool - http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:17 PM

Hey Louis,

I'm thinking this ol' computer is about back to about 95% healthy...the other 5% I may try to work off in another thread.

The exercise you suggested put me into a whole different world...way over my head! But I followed the instructions:
1) Generated a Linux based bootable ISO disk
2) Ran Memtest 86+ Test 0 through Test 8 for 6 passes with 0 errors / Ran for 9 hrs, 15 minutes
3) Ran Memtest 86+ Test 9 for 3 passes with 0 errors / Ran for 9+ hours

I have discovered one conclusion: The high pitch "Bleep" sound in my "Bleep - Beep - Beep" start-up sequence was caused by having an USB connected external hard disk attached! I never gave it a thought to disconnect that drive before but when I read that the computer will first go to a CD drive for initial instructions, I disconnected that hard drive...and much to my amazement, the start-up sounds went back to the very fast "Beep - Beep"...like the good ol' times!

I still have no idea what the other sequences I heard meant (Beep - Bleep - Beep), or why the time between those "Beep - Beep" sounds became longer and longer, but for now I can accept what this computer is doing.

Thank you very much for taking the time with me and for suggesting those other URLs. I'll have to show them to my nephew who talks that language!

Regards,
Knock

Edited by Knock312, 04 October 2011 - 07:21 PM.


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Posted 05 October 2011 - 06:48 AM

Glad to be of service in some way...happy computing :).

Louis




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