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Laptop beeps after installing new HD

By arthur0227
Jan 9, 2007
  1. Hi everyone, I hope someone can help. HP couldn't...

    My laptop beeps periodically after installing a new harddrive. The beep is a medium tone beep, which lasts for about 2 seconds. I can't find a pattern; it beeps at odd times. It will beep about once every 4-6 hours while I'm using it. Sometimes I'll be in the middle of something and it'll beep, sometimes the computer will be idle, with the screen blank, and it'll beep. It seems totally random.

    The Bios is a Phoenix Bios, system board ID 308F, Bios version F.22.

    I checked the beep codes on the Phoenix website, but those all appear to be POST codes, not codes for beeping while the computer is running. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Not only is the beeping annoying me, but it annoys my classmates.

    Thanks!
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Go to the hard drive manufacturer's web site to download and run their version of a drive fitness test. You may learn a lot that will enable you to get a replacement. Also, look there for error beep info.
     
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    battery could be failing.
     
  4. arthur0227

    arthur0227 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    which battery

    Thanks for you replies. I'll check the harddrive manufacturer's site.

    Which battery do you mean? My laptop battery is charged...
     
  5. arthur0227

    arthur0227 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Also, I've read different opinions on whether harddrives do in fact beep. Perhaps my motherboard is beeping, perhaps it's the HD. Does anyone have a conclusive opinion on whether hard drives do in fact beep?
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Are you sure the new hard drive is the right one for your laptop? Who installed the new drive? How did you install the software on the new drive?
     
  7. arthur0227

    arthur0227 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My previous harddrive failed and HP sent me a new one, which I installed myself. I have a laptop and I did not receive any software. Do laptop harddrives require software??
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Any hard drive requires software to be installed to be useful... :) No, but really, did the hard drive come with the Operating System installed and did it already have all your programs and utilities installed on it, before you installed it in your laptop? Did you have to do a restore from the old drive?
     
  9. arthur0227

    arthur0227 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think I had to install the OS back on there, and, of course, the utilities. I'm not 100% sure, though...
     
  10. arthur0227

    arthur0227 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh, and I had an external HD which I used to copy my old content onto hte new HD
     
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    So this beeping has been going on for some time? External hard drives can beep, but I've never known internals to beep. Can you or have you contacted HP about this beeping. It can very well be an indication of an error not necessairly caused by your hard drive
     
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    The only reason I can think of is that the new hard disk has different thermal characteristics and the laptop's internal checking system (S.M.A.R.T.) thinks it's overheating and beeps a warning.

    Maybe, maybe not.
     
  13. arthur0227

    arthur0227 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    HP told me to update my BIOS, which I did. Didn't help. The beeping has been going on for the last 3 days, since I installed the new HD.
     
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Is the new drive larger in capacity than the old drive was? Maybe the new drive is drawing too much power from your laptops internal +5 volts
     
  15. arthur0227

    arthur0227 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Interesting question. HP sent the drive to me as a replacement, not an upgrade, and it was the same size...
     
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Can you run some hardware diagnostics on your laptop?
     
  17. arthur0227

    arthur0227 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah, what prog should I run?
     
  18. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

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