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#1 Andrew

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:31 PM

One of my computers is making a rather strange alarm sound.

After it does its POST but before windows starts there begins an intermittent alarm consisting of two tones, one high an one low that repeats several times and then stops. Windows starts as normal but the alarm still sounds occassionally. What on earth is it trying to tell me?

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:36 PM

It would help to know what brand of computer you have, model number, and what brand and version of BIOS is it using?

Is this a sound that comes out of your speakers, or is it a beep from inside of your computer?
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Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:52 PM

A couple of sites to check out:
BIOS 101: A Primer
POST / Beep Codes
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Posted 08 February 2006 - 05:04 PM

It is coming from the internal speaker there are no external speakers.

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name SHEC1
User Name Administrator

Motherboard
CPU Type Intel Celeron, 700 MHz (10.5 x 67)
Motherboard Name Jetway 910AF/911AF (4 PCI, 1 AMR, 2 DIMM, Audio, Video)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Whitney i810
System Memory 192 MB (SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award Modular (09/08/00)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

Display
Video Adapter Intel® 82810 Graphics Controller (Microsoft Corporation)
(32 MB)
3D Accelerator Intel i752

Multimedia
Audio Adapter Intel 82801AA I/O Controller Hub - AC'97 Audio Adapter [B-1]

Storage
IDE Controller Intel® 82801AA Bus Master IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive IOMEGA ZIP 100
Disk Drive FUJITSU MPF3153AT (15 GB, 5400 RPM, Ultra-ATA/66)
Optical Drive ATAPI 52X CDROM (52x CD-ROM)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions
C: (NTFS) 14645 MB (10236 MB free)

Input
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse

Network
Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC


Peripherals
Printer \\SHEC-LAB\Brother HL-2070N series
USB1 Controller Intel 82801AA I/O Controller Hub - USB Controller [B-1]

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 05:24 PM

Maybe your comp is trying to scream to you "DESTROY ME AND BUY A NEW COMPUTER, I SUCK" lol...jk. Are the internall speakers actually in your tower (im guessing) or monitor? If in your tower, than im guessing you think you hear them, but your hearing the inside, which means somethings up with BIOS or a piece of hardware is jarred or misplaced.

Do something to test out what sound this is and show us. Hold all of your arrow keys for a few seconds..see if you get that same beeping tone.

If thats not the case, open up windows sound recorder, and when you start hearing the sound, record it, host it, and post a link

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 05:40 PM

Thanks for that info, Amazing Andrew. It sounds like it might be related to your CPU.

You are using an Award BIOS. HERE is some info on award bios beeps. One high and one low relates to the CPU apparently.
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Posted 08 February 2006 - 05:42 PM

It is from the internal speaker. There are no other speakers of any sort. All it is is two tones, one high one low, each sounding for about 1/4 second with no pause in between.

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 06:04 PM

Following the instructions on that website, I removed and cleaned the CPU and then reseated it. All seems well now. Thanks! :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 06:47 PM

Well, strike that. It seems the issue has resurfaced. Seeing as this is a junk computer anyway, how long could it operate with this problem (a damaged CPU?) Should I bother replacing the CPU at all?

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 08:28 PM

saw a couple, you'll need to check if it's exactly it

here's one fro $80 New

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On Ebay $40

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 11:16 PM

Before you spend any real amount of money you can buy a new computer with a lot more capability than the one you have for $300.

For example (not necessarily recommended)

Dell Optiplex GX240 Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz / 256MB SDRAM / 20GB HDD / CD-ROM / AGP Video Card / Integrated 10/100Mbps LAN / Windows XP Pro / Refurbished Desktop PC
Only $299.99
From Tigerdirect.com
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Ca...tlc.asp?CatId=6

I have seen others advertised for around the same price, and if you have a full install XP license and disk you can buy one without the op system for less and use your present license.

If you plan on moving your license for XP the following may help:
Windows Product Activation (WPA) on Windows XP
Version 3.2 — Last Updated Novemnber 15, 2005
by Alex Nichol, MS-MVP
http://aumha.org/win5/a/wpa.htm

Edited by Enthusiast, 08 February 2006 - 11:46 PM.





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