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    Beeping

    I have a Cybermax Authentic AMD proc.( <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>) at home and lately it has started to beep in 20 second intervals for no apparent reason. Is this something to be concerned about and what can I do about it?
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    Re: Beeping

    Which motherboard are you using it with and do you have any m/b monitoring software running in the background? My best guess is that monitoring software has been instructed to collect data at 20 second intervals.

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    Re: Beeping

    As fish suggested - the monitoring software most likely has something to do with it. I'd check the BIOS settings to see if there is hardware monitor that can be disabled - provided the system is not overheating. The beeping most likely indicates something - even if that something is faulty software. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> When does the beeping start - immediately, or after a while of using the system??
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    Re: Beeping

    It usually happens after the sys has been on for awhile. Sometimes it happens after I try and shut down and it hangs - I have walked away and didn't know it didn't shut down - then I hear it beeping.
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    Re: Beeping

    I think it is worth checking for overheating, if the BIOS settings have not been changed recently. The time delay before it happens and the shutdown problems suggest to me a heat problem. Possibly a fan has died or is running slow due to sticky/worn bearings, or there may be a build-up of conductive dust on the motherboard. With odd faults like this it often helps to clean out the PC first before undertaking more complicated investigation.

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    Re: Beeping

    Thanks for all the advice. I will open it up and clean it out before doing anything else.
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    Re: Beeping

    I opened up my system and cleaned it out. It is still beeping, once it is turned on. It makes 4 beeps every minute. I have a Cybermax with an AMD[k6] processor, 64 mg mem, 4gb hard drive with 1.81gb free. This beeping is driving me crazy - any more ideas?
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    Re: Beeping

    Are the fans all running? Does the beeping continue if you leave the cover off? Can you go into the BIOS after the beeping starts and see what the temperature of the CPU is? (I can't say where to find it exactly since every BIOS is a bit different.)

    If you can post the model number, that would help since it would help in searching for the BIOS online, and other pertinent information regarding your hardware.

    In the meantime, if the computer isn't acting like it needs a new attitude, you can simply unplug the case speaker. No more beeps. But you need to find out if you are ready to cook eggs on the processor - mopre specifically, what is causing the beeping - or you may wind up shopping for a replacement PC.
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    Re: Beeping

    Hi - Yes, loads more ideas, but now we need to narrow the field a bit. I have no knowledge of Cybermax but will check in a couple of BIOS handbooks. Have a look at the Cybermax web site if there is one, for FAQs relating to beep codes or other errors. More detail needed on the beep rate ie short or long; an average of 4 per min (1 every 15 secs?) or 4 in quick succession and then a 1min interval, etc. I recall that on some BIOSs 4 quick successive beeps indicates RAM or video errors but will need to confirm this. Will get back to you in a couple of days (urgent correspondence with taxman has priority!).
    Meantime, some quick and easy checks, (using an anti-static strap): -
    1) remove video card (assuming video is not on the motherboard), inspect gold edge connector pads, clean lightly with soft eraser, check for copper bleeding through the gold (copper oxidises and insulates, gold doesn't), if it appears OK, replace card and secure.
    2) repeat procedure in 1) for the RAM modules. You can also try swapping the module positions if they are the same size.
    3) repeat 1) for any other cards, just in case.
    FYI - Cards can creep in their sockets over time due to cycle of heating/cooling and consequent expansion/contraction. Prevalent with AGP graphic cards due to staggered layout of pads.
    Good luck.

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    Re: Beeping

    Mark - I didn't see your post till I posted mine a few minutes later! I forgot some of the basics you mentioned. I suggest that logically Lynn should go through your checks first and then the cards and/or RAM if necessary.

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    Re: Beeping

    Between the two of us, though, Lynn has her work cut out for her. That being the case, perhaps we owe HER an apology! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Beeping

    The beeps are 4 quick beeps, then it does it a minute later. I am at work so will have to get back with the model #. Cybermax is out of business--big surprise!

    Thanks for all the input.
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    Re: Beeping

    So seeing your latest, should I just save up for a new system...a Dell or HP????
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    Re: Beeping

    Oh, Lynn, you don't want to troubleshoot a computer without a parent company? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    I definitely wouldn't buy an HP PC. Overpriced. Dell has an excellent reputation but I have been burned with some little things - for example, they included a CD-RW drive with my friend's new Dimension that was not supported by any CD making software available anywher but....Dell. Installing Nero Burning ROM forced his computer to hang completely and forced a re-install of Windows to correct it.

    If you are seriously contemplating a new system, I would check with the local Best Buy/Circuit City/Major Electronics Store and see what they have to offer. Dell may be great, but if you don't make use of the support that you are paying for (and who needs that with the Lounge!) then it's likely to cost more than it's worth.

    Personally, I'd be inclined to take the time on the system you have and see if you can narrow down the cause. There are also several diagnostic software packages that you can download (from Free to Fee) that will help you determine what is going on in that case!
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    Re: Beeping

    I see that you are in Washington, if that is the state of Washington, I am in the greater Seattle area and use Harddrives NorthWest in Bellevue. You can check them out at http://www.hdnw.com, I like using a local OEM so if I have any problems I can reach accross the counter and grap them by the throat which can NOT be done by a 800 phone number. By the way I have NOT needed to grap the guy accoss the counter, they put a good product.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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