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Beeping.. And Dmi Pool Data.. And Freezing..

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#1 Jaderz


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Posted 23 August 2006 - 02:01 PM

All in one lovely bundle.. If this isn't caused from a virus or spyware, I have no clue what it is..

As explained to my one friend:

I plug it in (cuz it never shuts off on its own), the fan half-starts, comp beeps THREE times, and it shuts off. This repeats a few times.. Once it DOES start, it hangs on DMI pool data for a good 30seconds to full minute

He blames it on corrupt power supply..

Generally during my increasingly shortening online time, a page or two or three will freeze. The computer rarely will reboot. When it does, it'll allow me to do Control+Alt+ Delete to shut down the page. Then reboot, and it'll start up with ONE beep, then hangs at the DMI Pool Data.

However, when it decides to not allow me to shut down the pages, I'll try rebooting which the pop up box "Program not responding" comes up. Sometimes I'll click "Wait", other times "Cancel", usually "End now" (believe those are the buttons at least). No matter which I click, it still doesn't reboot so I unplug.. Now, upon plugging it back IN.. half the time it does ONE beep, other times it'll do THREE as if it's overheating or something and shut off. It generally takes 2-5 tries and occassionally a smack or two to get it to reboot again.

I've recently installed: Nothing
I've recently installed: No new drives
Prior to these issues getting HORRID: Ive installed no new programs
This is my: Third new harddrive in this tower
Old harddrives: Had corrupted, all backup files are now on the slave disk

OS: Always Windows ME
RAM: 248
Free disk: 61% .. how? I barely have anything on it..
Capacity: 74.5

Under System properties it also says: Drive A is using MS-DOS compatibility mode file system.
I have no floppy drive and my CD rom isn't Drive A.. but it shows Floppy as Drive A in My Computer..

Uhm.. Yeah.. lol. Please help :thumbsup: I use this computer for job hunting and graphics making and would hate to lose it..

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 02:19 PM

Beeping noises after startup are usually a sign of hardware related issues or an indication of high temperatures. When was the last time you cleaned the inside of your computer? Open your machine and make sure the fans are working and the heat sink on the processor is not blocked with dust or debris. Remove the CPU's cooling unit and clean the fins on the heat sink that sits under the CPU with a can of compressed air. Dust restricts the airflow and prevents proper cooling. You can also remove the cards, RAM modules, clean and reseat them. Check your connections and fans to make sure they are working properly and monitor the temperature.

When a computer is first turned on or rebooted, its BIOS performs a power-on self test (POST) to test the system's hardware. The BIOS checks to make sure that all of the system's hardware components are working properly and that it meets the necessary system requirements before booting up. If BIOS detects an error and fails the POST, the computer returns a pattern of beeps indicating what is causing the problem.

Beep codes can be in several different patterns, depending on the BIOS that you are using. Some BIOSes use simple beep codes in a pattern of varying numbers of short beeps, while others may mix short and long beeps. The exact meaning of the beep codes depends on the type and version of BIOS that you have. The three most popular types of BIOS are those made by Award, American Megatrends (AMI) and Phoenix.

In order to interpret the beep code pattern you are receiving you need to know exactly what version of BIOS your computer has. The easiest way to do this is to download and install the Belarc Advisor from here. After installed, run the Advisor and it will produce a report with the version of BIOS on your computer. Then you can look up the appropriate codes for the manufacturer at BIOS Central or computerhope.com
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#3 Jaderz

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 02:55 PM

Oh wow, lol.

I cleaned my comp out a few months ago.. the cover is always off since it overheats very easy though.

Ok, since today's my only day off of work for awhile will see what I'm able to get done and post back tonight :thumbsup: Thanks so much!

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