Emachines computer speakers making loud beep

February 22, 2011 at 02:45:53
Specs: Windows XP
Emachines computer speakers making loud beeping sounds. It lasts for a few seconds before it stops. It doesn't happen all the time, just every now and then. It sometimes happens exactly when a cell phone is about to go off in the same room, but I don't know if that has an relation. I recently cleaned out the computer, but its been going on for sometime. I tried ignoring it, but now I thought it was time to look into it. I'd just like some help figuring out what's going on. It seems to happen more often when I try to play games on my computer. Specifically an online game that I noticed so far. WoW or World of Warcraft if the specific name helps. I know that's not the cause, it just seems to happen quite a bit when I'm playing and I'd like to know what the relation is. It's not even a sound I heard from my computer, out of all the sounds it makes, it's just a repeatedly loud beeping noise.

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February 22, 2011 at 05:32:20
If the beeps accompany game play I would suspect the sound is an alert that the computer has reached a preset temperature. Boot into the BIOS and look at the setting for those values. May be labeled PC Health or similar.

Did the sounds start AFTER you cleaned out the computer case? If so, you may have dis something. Did you remove the heat sink/fan from its mounting?

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February 22, 2011 at 10:28:31
I'm not quite sure how to do that, would this be something to take it in the shop for, or can you explain it for me.

No, the sounds started before, all I did was use an air can to blow out dust from it. It's been going on for awhile, just at random times, even when I'm not doing anything but searching the net. When it happens in the game it happens once to three times or so when I play and that's it. When it happens it's a set of beeping sounds following one after another. It doesn't happen everytime I play either, just sometimes.

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February 22, 2011 at 11:11:21
When starting the computer boot into the BIOS (setup) screens. Most likely requires an f keystroke. Watch the screen to learn what keystroke/s. You need to act fast or the opportunity will pass. once in the BIOS look for a screen that shows system temperatures and voltages. There should also be a setting on that screen to set an alarm for overheating and possible one to shut down the computer at a specified temperature.

Just read the screen prompts to learn how to move around in the BIOS screens.

Perhaps you didn't do a good enough job of blowing out the insides of your tower. You also need to blow out BOTH ends of the power supply.

Start the computer with the cover off and watch the fans to verify they are spinning at a reasonable speed.

Download a program called speedfan. Install it and let it run in the tray. Speedfan can report system voltages and temperatures in real time. Get speedfan at the link below.


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February 23, 2011 at 06:48:51
Alright I was able to check the BIOS settings, and wrote down what I saw. There was something that said the shut down temperature was disabled, I didn't mess with anything, just looked at it. Did I need to do anything?

When I blew out the tower I made use to blow the dust out of both ends of it. And made sure both the fans were as dust free as possible. Did you mean something else when you said that, or did i assume correctly?

I did start the computer with the cover off, both fans, my computer has two by the way, were running at a pretty fast speed. I'm not quite sure how fast there suppose to go though.

I downloaded the mentioned program. It doesn't seem to want to start though. I click on it but nothing happens, I do see a screen pop up for it when I shut down the computer, saying to end now, but that all. I did manage to get it going in safe mode though. Would it be possible to get what I need to get from it there, or is there something else I can use?

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February 23, 2011 at 08:34:56
are you sure speedfan isn't minimized in the tray?

You should enable the shutdown temperature setting. I can't say what to set it an. 80 degrees should be OK though.

What were the temperatures you wrote down?

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February 23, 2011 at 14:56:49
You said it happens when a cell phone is about to go off. Does it sound like a series of three beeps over and over in very rapid succession? If so, that is the cell phone causing it. Cell phones can reek havoc on unshielded speakers.

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February 23, 2011 at 18:13:59

I did not know that.

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February 24, 2011 at 07:58:59
Yeah it can be very annoying. It also does it on iPod docking stations that aren't designed for iPhones. And it doesn't necessarily do it when the phone is about to ring. Anytime your phone sends data will cause the buzzing.

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February 24, 2011 at 13:24:54
To OtheHill:

I'm sure its not down there in the tray, I checked.
So put the disable on enable then?
The temps I wrote down said.
Current System Temp 40 degrees C
Current System CPU Temp 32 degrees C


Actually yes, so it is just the cell phone causing it? That actually is what happens just like you described. I actually only have cell phones in my house, and it seems timed with that, happening just before it rings, or just as it rings. It does do it at other times as well, and I do always have a cell phone in the same room. Does this mean I don't have to worry about it, or get my computer looked at?

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February 24, 2011 at 16:00:21
Hi Momo12. Don't fret, it wont cause any damage to your computer and you don't need to get it looked at. This is perfectly normal behavior for unshielded speakers and actually it has nothing to do with the computer itself. The wire between the audio out of the computer and the input of the speakers acts like an antennae and picks up the signal coming from your phone. The circuitry inside the speaker can also pick up the signal.

Go to a reputable electronics store and get a pair of shielded speakers. Look for ones that say shielded or compatable with cell phones. This will solve your issues.

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March 12, 2011 at 18:47:56
I just wanted to post here one last time thanking you THX, all the info you gave me has helped wonders. Since I know the cell phone is the cause of the noise keeping mines away from my computer has pretty much stopped it. I just need to see about getting the shielded speakers you refer to. So, thanks again. I really appreciate all the help you have given me, you save me a trip to the seeing the computer shop.

Thanks to you as well OtheHill.

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March 13, 2011 at 03:24:02
No problem, we all learn here. Thanks for getting back to us.

I always thought the shielding on speakers was only to keep them from distorting the image on CRT monitors.

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March 13, 2011 at 21:37:58
You're welcome Momo12, glad we could help you solve your issues.
And hey, I taught OtheHill something, I feel honored!

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March 13, 2011 at 21:47:37
Not that hard to teach me stuff. The older I get the less I know.

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March 13, 2011 at 21:50:03
Oh good, I thought that was just me!

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