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Old 06-20-2006, 04:08 AM   #1
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I have this computer running xp pro that is giving me a strange error. Back in the shop where the computer has been sitting for 8 monthes and running fine up until today,

On startup while still loading BIOS I get this alarm sound. It is a contiuous alarm. No error messages, the Bios just stops loading and stays in one place.

What is weird is I bring it into the office plug it in and it works fine.

I have tried multiple outlets back in the shop but still to no avail.

Does anybody know what the continous alarm sound might mean when starting up the Bios?

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Please have a look at the Power On Self Test Beep Codes,
and post back which beep sequence best represents your own issue.

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most often i have seen the long continuous beep, it's saying it finds no ram.

however, because yours is getting partway through the bios, i assume noone stole your ram.

i'd maybe try making sure the ram is plugged all the way in, along with all the cards.
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Hello,

The reason you are getting the high frequency of beeping is because your CPU is overheating. There are 2 things I would do here.

1. Make sure the CPU fan is operating properly.
2. Check the case and make sure air is flowing properly.

If this is an HP, and you are just getting an error logo without booting, check if the memory is present and if all the periferals are connected correctly.
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[QUOTE=lindseyschlabac]What is weird is I bring it into the office plug it in and it works fine.[QUOTE]

this part has me really really wondering.
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Continuous beep Power supply, system board, or keyboard problem

That is my beeping error message, It is happening on a dell.

Ok I solved the problem but didn't get to the root of the problem. I had an extension cord plugged into an outlet and then into a surge protector. I put another surge protector with a longer cord and eliminated the extension cord and it now works.

So I am not sure what was happening. Both Fans were running so I don't think it was over heating. Also I plugged the computer directly into the outlet that was giving me the beep and it worked there. Even after I plugged in the new surge protector that is now working I got a screen that asked me to pick a profile to load and that I would be able to edit my settings, I picked the only profile available profile 1 and hit enter, then windows started up normally. I turned it off and back on again and it worked without any error messages. It has worked fine all day.

Problem solved but if anyone senses what the root of the problem was I would be happy to know. thanks for all the responses
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faulty extension cord or surge protector or both
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Did the extension cord have the third round prong on it?
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Yes it did
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Glad to see your issue is resolved :)

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