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pc alarm sound and erratic performance

By andhow123
Aug 21, 2007
  1. my pc-xp system-performance has been getting progressively worse. it started with slow operating and then an alarm noise started going off intermittantly. it makes a rythmic high low sound for a while and then goes away and returns again in one hour or two. the sound comes through the speakers and from the case. the computer is acting strange, dropped connections eror4 messages failed downloads(windows update). recently computer would not shut off, so i restarted in safe mode and re loaded xp, problems are the same. i wonder if it is something i can replace or system is going to die. any help would be appreciated.
  2. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Recently, I just helped my friend get rid of an alarm "beeping" noise coming from the computer.

    It was coming from the motherboard speaker, and it was a warning buzzer that was set to go off when the CPU temperature gets too high (it's a feature on some motherboards' BIOS).

    Try going into the BIOS and finding the option to disable the high-temperature warning buzzer (though if heat really is the culprit, you should be getting better cooling rather than stopping the warnings).

    Tell me the motherboard information of your computer (manufacturer and model). Then I can look at its manual and see which features of its BIOS will set off a buzzer.
  3. andhow123

    andhow123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    teh motherboard is abit kv8pro--viak8t800p8237--bios is phoenix award bios v6.00pg. can you decipher alarm with this info?
  4. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    I'm looking at the Abit K8V PRO motherboard manual now.
    This motherboard has a Temperature Warning Beep (when temp gets too hot), Voltage Warning Beep (when voltage is above/below normal), and a Fan Speed Warning Beep (when the Fan RPM gets too low).

    Now, you can either go into the BIOS to disable all three of these beep alarms, or you can enhance the cooling inside your computer to stop the warnings.

    If you choose the latter, then you should open up your computer and clean out all the dust. Get a can of compressed air and blow the dust out from the fins of the CPU heatsink. Make sure the fans are spinning and moving considerable amounts of air. Download a program like Speedfan to monitor your CPU/Mobo temperatures.
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