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Beep error code, hard disk not booting to OS

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#1 bcmac401


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:06 PM

Tech specs to start:


Board - ABIT AL8 with Award BIOS

CPU - Pentium D 945

Memory - 2x1GB DDR2-533, 2x1GB DDR2-800 (running at 533)

Drives - WD Caviar 40GB and 500GB (SATA), CD-RW/DVD (IDE)

PSU - Corsair CX430

OS - WinXP 32-bit, latest service pack & updates applied


Just started having this problem a few moments ago.  Our network drives hung and the file server started this recurring beep error (a short low-tone beep, short pause, then two more similar beeps, then a long pause, then it repeats).  I checked the motherboard's manual and a few sites that list the beep errors & meanings but couldn't find any that matched this pattern.


I rebooted, and it took ~3 min longer than normal as it scanned the drives.  I went into BIOS and the beeping STOPPED.  All the drives displayed in BIOS and I was able to see their settings without a problem.  I exited BIOS & rebooted, and the beeps started again.


I then tried to get into XP safe mode but I got the error "HARD DISK FAILURE - INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER".  I popped in a CD and the setup program loaded, beeping the same pattern at times and stopping when the hard disks weren't being accessed.

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#2 James Litten

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:06 PM



Can you tell if the beeping is coming from the speaker on the motherboard or is it coming from one of the hard drives?


If it is from a hard drive, disconnect it. That is physical grinding making that noise (it sounds like a beep though) and you can make it worse by continuing to try to access it.



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