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The main time it would happen was when I was gaming which is more than likely the heaviest load, made me think it was graphics.
Now the beep is happening most of the time, no matter how little or much I am doing. I have had the side off, head in the box, and still can't really hear what is actually beeping.
any thoughts or ideas on where to start?
I have cpu monitor on my keyborad that actually stopped working a few months ago but when it would beep the usage would go to 100%, then dip down to 0, then back to whatever it was at when everything starts going again
checked the fans a few times recently, seem to be working but I could always switch them
fans seem fine
checked for max temps and things for my cpu and this really shouldn't be an issue.
Though the beeping is frequent now it has been doing it for a long time, during winter it is very cold in this room, maybe 10 - 15 degrees celsius
my backups seem to keep dying, which is never encouraging so something is obviously not right, I am doing them manually
fans are working properly, heat is high but nothing abnormal
not really sure what to look at next actually, the only new hardware is a stick of ram, though that was months ago and the issue started rarely before that
Then other people's computers started beeping...
It turned out to be a virus. It came in on a diskette from the vendor who had sold the power company the PCs. They "helpfully" sent somebody out to install a driver update for the video display cards.
My neighbor had been the guinea-pig for the new release. The beep didn't get connected to the driver soon enough, and the vendor came back and went from PC to PC installing the update - and the virus.
This was back from when viruses were "for fun", not for creating havoc or botnets. The worst thing that virus did was beep.
I'll run a few other things to see if I can figure it out
the complete halt of processing after the beep makes me worried but, whatever, things break, I just wish I knew what it was and I would swap it easily enough.
BTW, is the beep coming from the PC speaker or via your sound card? That might be another clue as to where the problem is.
Temps can be a problem as time goes on as fans get clogged up with dust, inlet holes clogged up with dust and thermal paste dries up.
Just skimmed your thread. Does the PC stop totally when it beeps?
This could be happening if your bios is set to overtemp alarm and instant shutdown at the same level. e.g. alarm 70' and shutdown 70'
Could be faulty ram. Run memtest burn in type software.
If you want to identify if it is the speaker or not then just unplug the speaker. Your PC will either have a jumper type connector on the mobo, or it could have it's own onboard piezo type device. Put a but of tape over the hole for that one.
Obviously, silencing the speaker won't sort the problem but it will help you prove that the beeping is not a diagnostic part of the PC.
Could be something unrelated such as a flat battery in a smoke alarm!
figured I had a bunch of ram and 1 more slot so I threw a 512 at it
everything is better, not fixed, it beeped a couple times more but everything is working again
strange, could just be the cleaning though it really had very little, unless it was just in the wrong place
3 slots for ram on the mb, a1, a2 and b1
I have had 1 GB in a1 and a2 since before this problem, though it seemed (loose) that when I was swapping ram having 1GB in a1 and nothing else was much better than a2 and nothing
now with a1 1GB, a2 1GB and b1 512 it is alright