Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Hardware and Technology > Computer Help

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-16-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default Help! Computer randomly beeps.

This is not a beep while booting, just a random beep from inside my computer while it is running.

Computer Specs:

MSI P965 NeoF Mobo
E6600
2gb Corsair XMS2 Ram
7950GT
Seagate 500gb & WD Black 1gb Hard Drives
Windows 7 64bit

My computer runs completely fine otherwise. It is a single, short beep. It occurs maybe once every hour. My temperatures seem fine (cpu doesn't get hotter than about 50C under load).

I've read that voltage variances can cause beeps like this, but mine seem decent:
CPU Core 1.22 V
+3.3 V 3.31 V
+5 V 5.12 V
+12 V 12.10 V
+5 V Standby 5.02 V

I've tested them under load and they don't seem to vary.

I've been through my bios many times. Enabling and disabling things like smart fan has had no effect. I've disabled the beep service in windows, and nothing changed.

I cannot seem to find a correlation between the beep and anything else. I hear beeps when my computer is idling with nothing running, as well as when I am doing more intensive activities like playing games. It does seem to occur more often when first starting programs, or browsing through files, but it may just be my imagination. Also, it does sound like there is a lot of hard drive activity when one occurs.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been trying to fix this for months.
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2009, 10:23 PM   #2
brandonwh64
Golden Member
 
brandonwh64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Chatsworth, GA
Posts: 1,542
Default

ghost?
__________________
My Rig
My Heat

|MB|: Asus Rampage II Gene |CPU|: I7-920 (D0 Stepping) @ 4ghz |Mem|: Crucial 6Gb (3x2Gb) D9JNM |CPU COOLER|: Corsair A70 |VIDEO|: VisionTek 5850 |PSU|: Corsair 750TX |MAIN HD|: 2x Western Digital Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM In Raid 0 |STORAGE HD|: 1TB Western Digital Black |CASE|: Cooler Master HAF 932 |OS|: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
brandonwh64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2009, 10:24 PM   #3
mpilchfamily
Diamond Member
 
mpilchfamily's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 3,559
Default

Check the BIOS. The over temp monitoring may be set low and is beeping as the temps temporary jump to the set temp.
mpilchfamily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2009, 11:17 PM   #4
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mpilchfamily View Post
Check the BIOS. The over temp monitoring may be set low and is beeping as the temps temporary jump to the set temp.
I couldn't find any settings in the bios, but I did realize my bios were out of date (their numbering system is strange). One of the fixes I saw was:

- Fixed BIOS report incorrect CPU temperature

so hopefully that has fixed it, but I'll have to leave it running for a bit.

On another note, MSI has the worst support I could ever imagine. I'll never buy another msi product.
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 12:40 AM   #5
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default

Damnit, it just beeped again. Any other ideas?
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 08:49 AM   #6
Gunbuster
Diamond Member
 
Gunbuster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 6,265
Default

I see you don't have XP but maybe this? http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...-system-beeps/
__________________
Committee for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms and their Rehabilitation Into Society
Gunbuster is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 10:38 AM   #7
Harvey
Administrator
Elite Member
 
Harvey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Sherman Oaks, Ca.
Posts: 34,328
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tiburon11 View Post
Damnit, it just beeped again. Any other ideas?
Go back to the BIOS, and look under a heading like "PC Health" or "System Health" for the alarm setting. It should also tell you the current CPU temp. That reading won't be under load, but if it's high, you may have a problem.

Did you remember to use thermal paste between the CPU and the HS/fan? Did you use the very thinnest possible coating? More than that can actually impare thermal transfer and leave your CPU hotter.

Good luck.
__________________

There are traitors and terrorists among us. They call themselves "Republicans." They are a greater threat to the U.S. than Al Qaeda and all the Al Qaeda wannabes. They have infested our democratic institutions with the sole objective of thwarting the will of the majority of our citizens.

And Whos's Watching Over Who's Watching Over You?
Tell me, who's telling who's telling you what to do what to do?
Harvey is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 11:07 AM   #8
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunbuster View Post
I see you don't have XP but maybe this? http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...-system-beeps/
I've tried that, and nothing changed. Thanks for the help, though.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Harvey View Post
Go back to the BIOS, and look under a heading like "PC Health" or "System Health" for the alarm setting. It should also tell you the current CPU temp. That reading won't be under load, but if it's high, you may have a problem.

Did you remember to use thermal paste between the CPU and the HS/fan? Did you use the very thinnest possible coating? More than that can actually impare thermal transfer and leave your CPU hotter.

Good luck.
This is what is under pc health status (took the picture from another website):



I can't seem to find any place with an alarm. I believe I did everything correctly when applying assembling the cpu. I get beeps sometimes even during bootup, which makes it seem unlikely that overheating is the issue.
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 03:09 PM   #9
TridenT
Lifer
 
TridenT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 15,700
Default

Yah sure you're not pressing too many keys all together at once?

It's slowly counting down until it explodes.
__________________
I'm a feminist!
TridenT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 07:01 PM   #10
SolMiester
Diamond Member
 
SolMiester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Napier, New Zealand
Posts: 4,743
Default

Thats high cpu temp IMO for idle?.....there is no system fan?, is it attached, could that be the beep?
__________________
HOME-LianLi PC-9F,ASRock P67Pro3, i5 2500k @4Ghz, 8Gb HyperX, ASUS DC GTX660OC, Corsair Force 120 SSD, HP ML350G5 2012 Host-Plex/W8/MINT..
My Super 6 Calais
SolMiester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 07:12 PM   #11
olmer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 324
Default

Fan failure?

I’d try to run memtest for a few passes and listen to beeps to isolate software issues.
olmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 07:42 PM   #12
RadiclDreamer
Diamond Member
 
RadiclDreamer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 8,041
Default

How long does it last? If just a brief second it could be too many keys depressed at the same time, if its longer it could be a motherboard specific item like fan failure or overheat etc
__________________
CCENT, CCNA, A+, Net+
RadiclDreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 07:44 PM   #13
RadiclDreamer
Diamond Member
 
RadiclDreamer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 8,041
Default

Also, anything in the event viewer?
__________________
CCENT, CCNA, A+, Net+
RadiclDreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 08:32 PM   #14
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default

It happens when I'm not even using my computer, so I don't think it is a key combination being pressed. It's just a quick beep, it lasts maybe a half second.

There are no critical problem in event viewer, and only a handful of errors/warnings (mostly just application errors).

I'll try running memtest again in a bit, but I didn't find any problems last time I ran it.

Those aren't my temps/voltages in that picture, by the way. I grabbed that image off another site.

Thanks a ton for the help.
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2009, 09:02 PM   #15
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default

Ran Memtest, no errors or beeps.
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2009, 02:49 AM   #16
olmer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 324
Default

Long enough? Does it beep when idle? Disable fan/thermal management and test. Also try forcing reassigning IRQs and use different usb ports for your equipment if any. Try another keyboard/HID if available. Alternatively just disable the pesky beeper altogether in device manager.
olmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2009, 08:09 AM   #17
Gunbuster
Diamond Member
 
Gunbuster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 6,265
Default

is the beep coming from your main speakers or the system board speaker?
__________________
Committee for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms and their Rehabilitation Into Society
Gunbuster is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2009, 03:16 PM   #18
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by olmer View Post
Long enough? Does it beep when idle? Disable fan/thermal management and test. Also try forcing reassigning IRQs and use different usb ports for your equipment if any. Try another keyboard/HID if available. Alternatively just disable the pesky beeper altogether in device manager.
Yes, it beeps when idle and under load, there isn't any noticeable difference. I have disabled every smart fan/temperature warning I could find in the bios.

I also disabled the "Beep" in windows services, and it still beeped.

I will try another keyboard, but since disabling the beep service in windows did nothing, I doubt it would fix it.

Thanks a ton for the help though

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunbuster View Post
is the beep coming from your main speakers or the system board speaker?
System board speaker. I assume it's the motherboard's speaker, but since it happens randomly I can't really test that assumption.


One thing - it appears to be happening considerably less frequently since I upgrade my bios. It only happens 2-3 times a day now.
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2009, 04:56 PM   #19
olmer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 324
Default

Since you cannot disable it via device manager it does indeed sounds like a fan failure to me - CPU fan’s RPMs go too low causing beep. If you have a spare PWM fan try it instead and see if that fixes the issue.
olmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2009, 05:19 PM   #20
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default

That seems like a reasonable cause, so I will order one. Thanks for all of the help.
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 04:36 PM   #21
TJCS
Senior Member
 
TJCS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 859
Default

Try this and see if it stops the beeps:

1) Open Device Manager in an admin account.

2) In Device Manager, click on View menuthen select Show Hidden Devices.

3) Expand the Non-Plug and Play Drivers, then right click 'Beep' and click Properties. From there, go to Driver, then on the drop-down menu select Disable.

4) Reboot.

Note: If beep driver already started, click stop first then disable.
TJCS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 05:03 PM   #22
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default

When I clicked stop, I got an error which said:

"The system encountered the following error when attempting to stop the device:

The service did not respond to the stop or control request in a timely fashion."


I have disabled the beep (and than restarted) my computer before though, and still received the beep, but I might as well try again.

Thanks for the help, I'll let you know if it beeps again.
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 05:42 PM   #23
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default

Beeped again.

I suppose I should upgrade soon anyways...
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 06:35 PM   #24
Binky
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 3,635
Default

Maybe there's a smoke alarm in your computer, and it has a low battery!

OK, maybe not, but maybe your system has a low battery warning. I've never heard of this, but...
Binky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 07:32 PM   #25
Tiburon11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Default

Heh...it couldn't hurt to try...

The beep is pretty much constant, but every once in a while it seems to "half-beep". The beep ends prematurely, so it ends up being more of a chirp sound. It's definitely coming form the same place, though.
Tiburon11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.