Im Very Concerned

By paulmath
May 16, 2005
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  1. IM a bit worried as I often get a beep during regular cpu use. This is always in conjunction with a pause where I cant use my mouse. Is this an HD problem? Any insight would be much appreciated.
    Thanks
    Paul
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Go HERE and follow the instructions.

    I would guess that it`s some sort of temp or voltage alarm, but with so little to go on, that`s all it`d be.

    Can you give us some backround info as to when this first started etc.

    Have you installed or uninstalled any new hardware?

    What are your cpu temps etc?

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. paulmath

    paulmath Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I have not recently installed any new hardware.

    I opened the box and made sure all ram etc and pci slots were secured firmly.
    Few weeks ago i had the power shut off when a gfci switch outside tripped.

    I noticed this problem first about 2 weeks ago during a game i was playing online. I had played the game previously and had no errors (CoD).

    I have ran adaware se, error check, defraged, registry mechanic, Mcafee updated Virus scan, and none of these have fixed the issue. here are my specs:
    Motherboard Properties
    Motherboard ID 06/25/2004-SiS-755-6A7I3E1AC-00
    Motherboard Name ECS 755-A2

    CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 3400+

    Driver Description Maxtor 6Y080L0
    Driver Date 7/1/2001
    Driver Version 5.1.2535.0
    Driver Provider Microsoft
    INF File disk.inf

    Disk Device Physical Info
    Manufacturer Maxtor
    Hard Disk Family DiamondMax Plus 9
    Form Factor 3.5"
    Formatted Capacity 80 GB
    Physical Dimensions 146.1 x 101.6 x 26.1 mm
    Max. Weight 630 g
    Average Rotational Latency 4.17 ms
    Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
    Interface Ultra-ATA/133
    Buffer-to-Host Data Rate 133 MB/s
    Buffer Size 2 MB

    Company Name Maxtor Corporation
    Product Information http://www.maxtor.com/en/products/
    Maxtor 6Y080L0
    Formatted Capacity 80 GB

    Physical Memory
    Total 1023 MB

    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT (256 MB)

    Audio Adapter SiS 7012 Audio Device

    Summary

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 3400+
    Motherboard Name ECS 755-A2 (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
    Motherboard Chipset SiS 755, AMD Hammer
    System Memory 1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award (06/25/04)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT (256 MB)
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter SiS 7012 Audio Device

    Storage:
    IDE Controller SiS 5513 IDE UDMA Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller SiS 180 RAID Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive Maxtor 6Y080L0 (80 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
    Optical Drive HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8526B (52x/32x/52x CD-RW)
    Optical Drive SONY DVD RW DRU-710A (DVD+R9:2.4x, DVD+RW:16x/4x, DVD-RW:8x/4x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 78152 MB (58080 MB free)

    Input:
    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse

    Network:
    Network Adapter SiS 900-Based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter (192.168.1.100)

    Peripherals:
    Printer Auto hp officejet 6100 series on DELLCPU
    Printer hp officejet 6100 series
    USB1 Controller SiS 7001 PCI-USB Open Host Controller
    USB1 Controller SiS 7001 PCI-USB Open Host Controller
    USB1 Controller SiS 7001 PCI-USB Open Host Controller
    USB2 Controller SiS 7002 USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
    USB Device hp officejet 6100 series
    USB Device officejet 6100 (DOT4USB)
    USB Device USB Composite Device
    USB Device USB Printing Support
  4. paulmath

    paulmath Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    lil more info

    My graphics card is overclocked but only by the amount that it was designed/advertised to be able to do.

    CPU Properties
    CPU Type AMD Athlon 64 3400+
    CPU Alias ClawHammer S754
    CPU Stepping SH-CG
    CPUID CPU Name AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3400+
    CPUID Revision 00000F4Ah

    CPU Speed
    CPU Clock 2199.20 MHz
    CPU Multiplier 11.0x
    CPU FSB 199.93 MHz (original: 200 MHz)
    Memory Bus 199.93 MHz

    CPU Cache
    L1 Code Cache 64 KB (Parity)
    L1 Data Cache 64 KB (ECC)
    L2 Cache 1 MB (On-Die, ECC, Full-Speed)

    Motherboard Properties
    Motherboard ID 06/25/2004-SiS-755-6A7I3E1AC-00
    Motherboard Name ECS 755-A2 (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)

    Chipset Properties
    Motherboard Chipset SiS 755, AMD Hammer
    Memory Timings 2.5-3-3-8 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
    Command Rate (CR) 1T

    SPD Memory Modules
    DIMM1: 64MX64U-40B 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
    DIMM2: 64MX64U-40B 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)

    BIOS Properties
    System BIOS Date 06/25/04
    Video BIOS Date 06/07/04
    Award BIOS Type Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    Award BIOS Message 755-A2 Ver 1.0B 06/25/2004
    DMI BIOS Version 6.00 PG

    Graphics Processor Properties
    Video Adapter nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT
    GPU Code Name NV40GT (AGP 8x 10DE / 0045, Rev A1)
    GPU Clock 371 MHz
    Memory Clock 501 MHz
  5. paulmath

    paulmath Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    CPU Temps

    I honestly dont know how to get his info. How can i find out my temps?
    Thanks again for any help!
    ~Paul :knock:
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    To start with I would advise that you do the following.

    1 go into bios and disable the quick power on self test. Save and exit bios. This should allow the system to detect if there are any post errors. If not you can always re-enable this feature.

    2 re-clock your videocard to it`s standard settings and see if that helps.

    3 Download and install Motherboard monitor(MBM5) from HERE this will allow you to monitor your cpu and mobo temps.

    4 download and run Memtest86+ from HERE this will check for ram errors. Let it run for at least seven passes.

    5 If this is due to the power failure or brownout you had recently. It could be that your psu etc has been damaged in some way. What psu do you have?

    6 Disable any power saving options in bios and see if that helps. If not you can always re-enable them. also disable the cool and quiet function. See if that helps.

    7 you could also try setting the bios to the default settings, and seeing if that helps.

    Whenever you change anything in bios make a note of what you have changed, and then save and exit.

    I don`t know if any of this will help, but it`s a start.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  7. paulmath

    paulmath Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ok

    First Howard let me say thanks for your suggestions. I have followed them and have yet to have relief of my problem. IM growing more concerned that as the beeps happen that im looking at an impending HD failure etc. Any more advice on a resolution is much aprrectiated!
    Thanks
    Paul
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    I notice in your system specs that your HDD status is reading ok.

    Signs of a failing hard drive are things like clicking and grinding sounds. I`m not aware that this would cause your system to beep and freeze randomly.

    The trouble with these kind of problems is finding them, usually through a process of elimination.

    If after doing all my suggestions the problem persists, maybe doing a repair install of Windows may sort it out. Instructions for doing this are HERE

    The reason I say this is because I`m wondering if you might have some kind of os corruption.

    I must admit that I`ve never come accross this problem myself.

    Can you let us know what psu you have?

    Perhaps some of the more knowledgable members on here may have other suggestions for you to try.

    Regards Howard :confused:
  9. paulmath

    paulmath Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Update

    ok did repair/overwrite of windows with no success. :dead:
    This is driving me insane lol. Still beeping frequnetly and freezing my mouse for a few seconds which seems an eternity.....

    By PSU I assume you mean power supply unit. Not sure this is what you want...

    Core Voltage 1.50 V

    I/O Voltage 1.2 V + 2.5 V

    Maximum Power 89.0 W
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Yes I do mean the power supply unit.

    In order to see the wattage of the psu you will need to take the side panel off the case.

    I`m sorry that a repair didn`t work. That`s the os theory out the window.

    Two more things to try are, another keyboard and mouse, and maybe another videocard.

    Regards Howard :suspiciou
  11. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    You should also check in your BIOS what the CPU temperature is.
    It's alarm-limit might be set too low, and your CPU may be overheating just that tiny bit.
    If you built this rig yourself, did you put any thermal paste between CPU and CPU-cooler?
  12. paulmath

    paulmath Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Update

    Howard,
    Ok heres the PSU info:

    ATX Switching Power Supply
    AC input 115/230V~8/4.5a, 50-60-hz
    350W
    Model Atx 450-2

    By video card you arent suggesting replacing the GeForce 6800 GT are you?
    (heart skips a beat)
    Certainly going to try mouse and keyboard switch now.

    Black,
    Thanks for your input always appreciated. I did not build the rig myself. But pretty confident the manufacturer did use a thermal paste.
    here are some current temps:

    Processor Temperature : 4 °C
    Mainboard Temperature : 29 °C
    Power/Aux Temperature : 33 °C
    Hard Disk Temperature Maxtor 6Y080L0 : 27 °C

    I will report back soon!
    P.S. as side note PC amazingly clean and dust free inside. Made sure all connections once again were firmly in place and saw no signs of distress.
    ~Paul
  13. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    That processor temperature is definitely wrong.
    If the mobo is 29 C, then the CPU is also at LEAST 29 C, more likely it will be around 36-40 C.
    Go to www.lavalys.com and get the free Everest Home Edition. Run that and see what it says for temperature.

    PS: it could be that your CPU-sensor is not 'sensing' from the right place, or has become dislocated.
     
  14. patio

    patio TechSpot Maniac Posts: 700

    How close is that over-clocked vid card to your CPU ? ? ?
    Could be throwing enough heat to trip alarm.
    Re-set it to factory clocking.

    patio. :cool:
  15. paulmath

    paulmath Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Will Try

    Also i discovered that i had infact never overclocked my card as it was set to default. Sorry i failed to mention that before. Still beeping and freezing with growing frequnecy. I am already backing up all important info again as sometime the freezing makes me reboot to unlock lately.
    :blackeye:
  16. paulmath

    paulmath Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I dont believe it.....

    Before i had simply updated the mouse driver. Recently i installed a new mouse. So far I have yet to experiece any beeps since. Could this really have been all that was making the cpu beep and freeze? Im reluctant to think that this has cured the problem but not complaining atm. Any info or insight is always welcome and thanks a ton for all previous suggestions.
    ~Paul
  17. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    It would appear that you`ve found the culprit(fingers crossed).

    May have been some kind of driver conflict, or maybe just a faulty mouse.

    Regards and good luck Howard :grinthumb
  18. paulmath

    paulmath Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks

    Thanks Howard, it was very generous of you to donate your time and effort towards helping me solve this problem. Your mouse suggestion appears to have been right on! :grinthumb
    ~Paul
  19. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    That`s no problem paulmath, glad we could help.

    I wish I`d suggested the mouse earlier, but it was always going to be a process of elimination.

    Anyway, thanks for letting us know.

    Regards Howard :) :)
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