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Asus P6X58D-E MOBO based computer keeps beeping over and over but works fine

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#1 conticreative


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 05:36 PM

Lately, my computer has been booting up fine, working fine and as fast as ever, but it has been beeping continuously in spurts. Then it will go quiet for a while, only to start again a bit later. In a day, I'll experience 4 or 5 "episodes" like that, where the beeps come fast and furious, then go away.
The beep pattern seems to be all over the place. Sometimes I count 5, sometimes 4 beeps, sometimes a pattern of 2-3-1 and so on, but the most frequent is a beep pattern of 4 shorts, repeated shortly after.
I have a recording of this.
Beep Recording (option 1)
Beep Recording (option 2) 
I have researched beep patterns for the past few weeks. Most, with the same or similar patterns and a similar or same MOBO, won't boot at all. I don't have that problem.
However, it will go on like this for 15 minutes until it stops and will do it again 3 hours later. I am this close from yanking the little speaker out of the case and take my chances.
Below are my current specs:
Computer Type ACPI x64-based PC
Operating System Windows 10 Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 1
Case CoolerMaster HAF 932 Full Tower Gaming Case - Black
Motherboard & CPU
CPU Type HexaCore Intel Core i7 970 3200MHz / 3333 MHz (25 x 133)
CPU Cooling: Corsair H80iGT Liquid Cooling (News as of 15/12/30)
Motherboard Name Asus P6X58D-E
Motherboard Chipset Intel Tylersburg X58, Intel Westmere
System Memory 12279 MB (DDR3-1333 SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (05/25/10)
Network Adapter: Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4095 MB)
Monitor 1: 24" Sceptre E246W-1080P 60Hz E246W-1080 (200816843009)
Monitor 2: 24" Asus VG248QE 1080p 3D ready 144Hz (F5LMQS108341)
Audio Adapter Realtek ALC889 @ High Definition Audio Controller [10DE-0FBB] [NoDB]
Audio Adapter Realtek ALC889 @ Intel 82801JB ICH10 - High Definition Audio Controller
Audio USB: Sabrent USB audio card AU-EMCB
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Storage Controller VMLite Virtual Disk SCSI Storport Adapter
Disk Drive 1 Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB (465 GB)
Disk Drive 2 Toshiba HDWE140 (3726.0 GB) SATA Gen 3, 6Gbps [X6MFKGOFF58D]
Disk Drive 3 Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001-9YN164 (1863 GB) (Failing, soon to be removed)
Disk Drive 4 HGST HMS5C4040ALE640 (3726 GB)
Optical Drive DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
Optical Drive Optiarc DVD RW AD-7260S ATA Device

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 06:31 AM

It could be a temperature warning or a fan warning (low RPM?). Check with a program like HWMonitor as it's beeping. Also, look in the BIOS for a "CPU Warning Temperature" (or something similar); could be that it's set to an unreasonably low value.

#3 conticreative

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 01:37 PM

Thank you for the reply. Unfortunately (or rather, fortunately) it's not a heat warning. That was my first trip down the rabbit hole. Everything seems to be behaving just perfectly heatwise inside my box. 


In fact, at first I thought it was my front panel hardware fan controller giving me a heat alert and I watched it and reset it obsessively for a few days, until I read up a bit more about CMOS Beep codes. 


Let me post the things I have already thought of, to see if it helps others narrow down the possibilities. By the way, these are things I have thought of, but I have not really investigated them thoroughly. 


Possible causes (That I have been considering and researching): 

CMOS Battery - It's probably high time for me to change the CMOS battery. Most MOBOs use a battery similar to the one my guitar tuner uses, and I have had to change my tuner's battery twice in the last 5 years. 
However, I have read a lot of posts of P6X58D-E getting stuck when changing the batter with a non-booting computer. I am a bit worried. If it is still good I'd gladly kick the can down the road, but it has been 6 years.

Failed or poorly seated RAM - I have reseated the RAM many times. It does seem to help, but only briefly. Once, I shuffled the RAM around and it produced a number of wild beeps. I reseated in the old position and that stopped. I have taken units out but the beeping persisted unchanged.

Poorly seated CPU - I changed the Liquid cooling unit a bit over a year ago and the beeping came on in the last 3 months. So it's possible I did a poor job of something. I did not unseat the CPU at the time, just the cooling.

FLASH the BIOS? - There is one update for my MOBO that came out in 2011, but after looking at it at the time, I decided it did not affect me and wasn't worth the trouble. Remember, my machine has been running famously for almost 6 years.

Something else with my MOBO?: For instance, only 2 of my HD are seen as SATA drives because my MOBO is set to SATA as IDE, so in the BIOS I only see 2 of the 4 SATA drives (My SSD and my new Toshiba 4TB, both connected to my 6GB SATA, while the others are connected to the 3GB SATA). They are displayed just fine in the BOOT ORDER. I am not even sure if that is a problem at all. Everything works. But in the BIOS, I see 2 of my drives missing because their SATA ports are set to IDE. Beats me. They have been like that for a long time.



For the record, since I wrote this post, not a single bleeping beep out of my computer. I swear, I am going insane.


Thank you for the kind reply.  

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