Computer Beeping Starting at Powerup Through Speakers

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April 19, 2012 at 08:16:54
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1272 MB RAM
Hi - I have no clue what just happened, but I'm hoping someone might have a clue.

First off, the computer in question is an IBM Thinkpad R51 Laptop running Windows XP Pro SP3, and I just did Windows Update 2 days ago.

I shut the computer down last night with no issues. This morning, when I turned it on, as soon as it started loading it started beeping. Loudly. The beeps were in sets of three - *beepbeepbeep* *pause* *beepbeepbeep*. They continued as it started up - everything else happened perfectly normally apart from the piercing beep. I determined it was coming from the laptop's speakers - when I muted the computer, the beeping stopped.

I turned the computer off and turned it back on, and the beeping was gone. I've never heard of something like this before. Has anyone else?

It's been acting normally lately for the most part. It did give me a "Please wait..." screen during loadup two days ago, but nothing today. There is nothing in the startup that I can tell that is new, and eventviewer shows nothing out of the ordinary.

ETA: I've been informed by others who heard the beeping that I'm remembering wrong - it was a steady beep, not grouped. I just finished running an Avira antivirus scan and am going to run a Malwarebytes scan, just to check.


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#1
April 19, 2012 at 09:22:46
make sue ram modules are seated properly, do a ram test.

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#2
April 19, 2012 at 09:28:26
Regarding the beps ^ ^) I can tell you that some part of the laptop that can be loose, cd player, RAM, or even may be a corrupted file on the laptop

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#3
April 19, 2012 at 13:44:48
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Error...


The full code list used to be on IBM site but you may have to hope lenovo copied it over.

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^


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#4
April 19, 2012 at 16:53:35
Most likely hardware.

Check RAM as suggested (often the culprit). and sometimes its just a matter of cleaning the oxide off its edge connectors with a pencil eraser. After that I usually pop the RAM sticks in and out a few times to clear any oxide of the sockets themselves.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
April 19, 2012 at 17:23:42
Thanks for the ideas so far. I've finished the Malwarebytes scan and did a sfc /scannow. Both came back clean, as far as I can tell (the sfc doesn't tell me anything). I've been doing some searching and now suspect it may have been a keyboard error. A week ago, my 'a' key decided to stop working, but I got it working again (by air blown under the key), and a few sites suggested the sound I heard MAY be related to that - a keyboard error, such as a key sticking.
I'm still not sure, but as I said in my OP, I restarted the computer to stop the beeping, and it didn't start up again yet. So far, it seems to be running normally. It's also been quiet all day.
Would there be any suggestions for how to check the RAM besides cracking this machine open? (When we put in the new RAM, it was very, very hard to get in, and we were sure we were going to break it.)

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#6
April 19, 2012 at 17:33:49
There are freebie RAM testers if you google around. If you haven't a floppy you can get them for CD. You power up with the media in the drive.

If you only have a CD/DVD drive it might be necessary to go into BIOS to put it ahead of the C drive so that it is seen first. Floppies are usually set ahead of the C drive by default.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
May 17, 2012 at 08:08:16
I know it's been a long time, but I wanted to post a follow-up. Basically, it seems that day was my computer deciding to mess with me. I've been keeping records since then, and it hasn't repeated its beeping yet. As it's been a month since it did that, I'm going to guess it's not something to worry about unless it randomly does it again. Thanks for your help everyone.

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#8
May 17, 2012 at 11:55:43
Sometimes a bad connection can come and go so maybe you will be OK now.
Thx for taking the trouble to pop back with the feedback.

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