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random System Beep

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  1. Feldon

    Feldon Thread Starter

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    I am hearing a SINGLE SHORT system beep from the PC speaker at what appears to be random intervals. Why is this happening??

    The beeps occur while gaming (i.e. Counter-Strike) although it might just be related to stress on the system.

    Comp specs:
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2
    AMD Athlon 64, 1800 MHz (9 x 200) 2800+
    Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8383/5 Apollo K8T800(M), AMD Hammer
    1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type AMI (01/28/04)
    ASUS RADEON A9600XT (128 MB)

    I purchased the computer recently. I had it up and running at home no problem, although I never played video games at home. After moving in at school, my roommates brought a Satelite receiver, a large screen tv and various other electronic goodies which are in the next room (say 10 feet away through a wall). While we are on a separate breaker, the equipment has caused power dips that have shut off my computer or monitor for a split second on a couple occasions. The beeping began at this time I believe, although I might be remembering wrong. After a couple days, I purchased a Monster Power Cleaner. It's supposed to keep the voltage steady. Its been a couple days again and I have not had power problems but I still get beeps!

    My computer seems to be perfoming correctly otherwise. Any ideas?
     
  2. Deathblow

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    Sometimes if you press too many keys on the keyboard at once, as may happen while playing games, your system will beep.
     
  3. Feldon

    Feldon Thread Starter

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    It may be that simple, but I never did the same thing while playing the same sort of games for hours on end on my old computer, a P3 800 on Windows 98. Is XP just more finicky about it?? hehe
     
  4. Deathblow

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    Yeah, possibly. Try holding down a few keys at the same time, and see if it beeps.
     
  5. Feldon

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    Hmmmm... it appears it is just pressing down multiple keys, but you have to do it in the right way to get the beep, heh. I remember in the past that if you, say, pressed 4 keys all at the same time and held them you would get a clamouring system beep telling you to stop. That doesn't seem to cause a beep anymore.

    HOWEVER, after some testing, it appears that if I hold down one key, wait a second or two, then hold down a second, wait, a third, wait; then the fourth gives me a beep and won't respond. Weird.

    Thanks for keeping me on the right track. An admin can mark this as resolved if they like.
     
  6. jgjg

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    i have the same problem and id like to know how to turn the beep off. is there a way?
     
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