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Help! Constant Beeping Problem

Rock Extreme 9600
July 14, 2007 at 10:25:42
Specs: XP Pro SP2, 2.6Ghz/1GB RAM

My laptop is making a constant beeping noise, about once a second. I had this problem before, and fixed it by uninstalling the 'Beep' thing in Non-plug and play drivers (or something) in the device manager. Now I have got it again, there is no 'Beep' device for me to disable. What should I do? Is there any way to get the 'Beep' thing back so I can disable it again? Thanks

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#1
July 14, 2007 at 10:34:31

That beep thing MAY be an overheating alarm. If so you need to clean out the vents and possibly elevate the laptop to let air circulate under it. Also could be a dying or dead fan.

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#2
July 14, 2007 at 10:54:37

That is most likely the problem, and I will try and keep it cool, but how do I stop the beeping?
It begins at start up, so it does not signify overheating at the time, just that it had overheated. Any ideas?

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#3
July 14, 2007 at 11:03:40

At the time. Enter the BIOS upon an IMMEDIATE reboot and look at PC health. It should show you the current temps, which will be lower than when you heard the beeps. There should be a setting to change the temp at which the alarm is triggered. Take card with that setting. It is possible that setting is set too low also. Post the computer specs and the temps.

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#4
July 14, 2007 at 11:17:36

I'll try that but I have a problem in that I have a laptop with a broken screen attached to a monitor, and it takes a few seconds for the monitor to wake-up after I turn on the laptop. Therefore the first thing I see is the Windows XP screen with the blue squares moving along. Which button do I press to access the BIOS screen, and how long after pressing the on button do I press it?

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#5
July 14, 2007 at 11:21:43

Try repeatedly tapping the F2 key when the computer first starts up. If that doesn't work, try other keys, such as the DEL key.

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#6
July 14, 2007 at 11:21:45

If you know what keystrokes are needed you can start tapping as soon as the computer started. Tap continously until the BIOS screens appear. No need to wait for video.
I can't say for sure that the external display will actually work in the BIOS. You will need to try.

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#7
July 14, 2007 at 11:32:20

Crisis! I have managed to get the BIOS up but there is a password on it and I can't for love nor money remember it!!!!!

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#8
July 14, 2007 at 11:36:21

Anyone know how to get round it or if there is a master password?

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#9
July 14, 2007 at 11:39:57

Don't know how bad you need to get into the BIOS. There are a couple of ways to get in there. The first requires some disassembly of your laptop to access the BIOS battery. The second involves running a utility that can accomplish the same thing as removing the BIOS battery. That utility is usually run from a floppy disk and would require that the computer already be set to boot from the floppy before the HDrive. At this stage of the game I can't recommend either method, as you aren't too sure if this is even going to help.
Buy a can of compressed air at an office suply or computer shop and blow out what you can access. DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner on the Laptop. Try that and see if it clears up the problem.

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#10
July 14, 2007 at 11:42:13

I'll try the air thing. What about the 'Beep' in the device manager, is there any way of getting it back? Thanks for all the advice.

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#11
July 14, 2007 at 11:45:50

I have no idea what that is. Must be something related to your laptop. You may be able to mute the sound though. What processor is inside your Laptop?

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#12
July 14, 2007 at 11:52:55

The processor is Pentium 4 2.6Ghz. It is a Rock Extreme 9600 laptop (very old). The 'Beep' thing I am talking about is a fix I found on another website. It involved going into the device manager, showing hidden devices, and disabling the 'Beep'. The second time the now dreaded beep
came around, the 'Beep' was still disabled, yet the beep was there, so I uninstalled it and now it is gone. I was thinking that if I could get it back then disable it again it might stop the beeping, the incessant beeping!

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#13
July 14, 2007 at 12:06:06

P4 2.6GHz isn't "very old". The feature you are referring to didn't solve any problems. All that did was stop the noise, the noise is there for a reason. Did you buy this Laptop new? Do you have a floppy drive?

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#14
July 14, 2007 at 13:07:09

6 years! Isn't that old in computer terms? I bought the laptop off a friend, and it does have a floppy drive. Also the beeping has just stopped, maybe because it is now elevated with a
big fan pointing at it. If I keep it like this it should be fine right? Maybe the alarm is set to go off for 24h?

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#15
July 14, 2007 at 13:40:06

That kind of enforces the overheating idea. Get the canned air and you may be OK.
Yea, 6 years is old for a computer but 6 years isn't "very" old. There are folks on other forums here at computing.net that are using MUCH older equipment than that. I was just helping someone here with a P100.

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#16
July 14, 2007 at 14:02:33

If you eventually are able to enter the bios, check the temperature limits that are set. It might be like Othehill mentioned earlier, that they are set too low.

It does sound like heat is the problem, but the beeps can also be caused by voltages that are out of specs. It's not very likely in this case, but I mention it 'just in case'.

By the way, your comments about disabling the beeper completely puzzle me. I have never heard of such a thing.


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#17
July 16, 2007 at 06:16:33

I typed in constant beeping problem into Google,
(before I found this site), and that's the answer that came up. As I say, it worked the first time.
Anyway, thanks for all the help.

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#18
July 16, 2007 at 06:35:57

Stopping the alarm without fixing the problem will eventually kill your computer.

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