Weird problem at start up

#1
Hello,

My problem is a weird one, often (but far from always) when I start up my PC, at the bios screen when it's still booting, it suddenly starts making these horribly loud beeping noises. The only way to stop them, is to hold down either mouse-key's, but this doesn't work for more than a few seconds. Eventually, the noises stop and the computer moves on to a screen where I have to tell it to load Windows 7, being the only OS installed on the PC.

Apart from that issue, the PC runs just fine.

I have noticed one other thing that may be connected. These past weeks, the PC has always had 1 update to install whenever I shut down, and I remember that the PC got stuck installing a particular update some weeks back, and that might have been before the problems began.

My PC is running windows 7 ultra 64 bit, it's an intel dual core processor, with an ATI graphics card about 6 gm ram, but apart from that I wouldn't really know my systems specification. I could copy-paste a dx-diag into a post if that would be helpful.
 


davehc

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#2
I doubt the waiting update would cause the beeping at the Bios screen. But. the "horrible" beeps you are experiencing are, in most bios', an indication of a fault in the bios or motherboard. They are coded. Could you try and ascertain if you here, for example, two beeps, one beep or any combination of beeps. We can then, possibly, help.
 


patcooke

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#3
As davehc says, it is almost certainly a code used by the bios to signal a problem. To enlarge a bit, the code and its interprretation depends on the make of the bios but it is typically a sequence of long and/or short beeps and to interpret it correctly you need to note exactly what beep pattern you are getting.
 


#4
Aw man, you have to be kidding me? All I do when I hear that noise is cover my ears and try to make it stop. Alright, I'll try to figure a pattern.

As far as I've been able to tell so far, it's really fast paced, one beep begins before the next one has stopped, but each beep is somewhat long-drawn. There is no deviation in the noise-pattern, unless of course I press and hold either mouse-key.

To describe it in a more simplistic way, it sounds less like R2-D2 and more like a "red alert" gone off. It tends to remind me a lot of an alarm-clock.
 


#5
Also, you talked about the make of my bios. I'm not sure, but while my bios is "loading" or what ever, there is an "intel" wait screen. I assume that means my motherboard is of that make, and for all I know, I guess that might be the make of my bios too.
 


patcooke

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#6
Not necessarily - when your pc initial starts press the F2 key to enter the bios setup - the initial page should show the name of the bios manufacturer.
 


#7
I'll try to get you this information too
 


#8
I couldn't exactly find a name of the bios manufacturer to be honest. I did find the bios version which is: BX97510J.86A.1487.2007.0902.1724

Could you tell me where the name should be listed? I hit F2 during startup like I was told, which got me into the bios menu, but from there I wasn't able to recover the information you asked for.
 


Elmer

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#9
Hi zunami, If you download and install Speccy, This will give you a lot of information about your system. But from that number it looks as though your Bios is from 2007! and it's the latest! But actual Mobo Make/name/model number is far better info.
 


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#11
Hey guys, thanks for answering. I was pretty sure that it was an intel bios after all :) Glad to hear I'm not as technically-retarded as I was starting to suspect.

I'm looking at the beep codes and I just don't really see it here.

I guess it COULD technically be the first option or the third or forth listed, but to be honest, it just doesn't seem like that.

Looking at the last listed option, where it says "x beeps means this", I'm guessing if I actually managed to count the beeps, I could use that for something, but the thing is, it jardly sounds like individual beeps, it's pretty hectic and fast paced, and sounds more like a siren than a sort of morse-code. The next time the problem occurs, I'll try my best to count, or record it. Just to be clear, it's the sort of beeping that makes you worry that the machine is going to blow.. Or at least, for me it is :D

Just downloaded that program, speccy, and here's what it told me :)

First tab:
Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 54 °C
Kentsfield 65nm Technology
RAM
4,00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz (4-4-4-12)
Motherboard
Intel Corporation D975XBX (J3E1) 55 °C
Graphics
SAMSUNG (1600x900@59Hz)
ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series (ATI) 36 °C
Hard Drives
977GB Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 ATA Device (SATA) 28 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS50 ATA Device
OXGXUD WTEFKPYB49 SCSI CdRom Device
OXGXUD WTEFKPYB49 SCSI CdRom Device
HUAWEI Mass Storage USB Device
Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device

Second tab:
Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Installation Date: 09 March 2011, 16:09
Serial Number: (removed)
Windows Security Center
User Account Control (UAC) Disabled
Firewall Disabled
Antivirus Disabled
Windows Update
AutoUpdate Download Automatically and Install at Set Scheduled time
Schedule Frequency Every day
Schedule Time 3 am
Windows Defender
Windows Defender Disabled
Environment Variables
USERPROFILE C:\Users\Sami
SystemRoot C:\Windows
User Variables
Machine Variables
Battery
AC line Online
Battery full time Unknown
Battery Charge % Unknown
Battery State No Battery
Amount of time remaining (sec) Unknown
Power Profile
Active power scheme Home/Office Desk
Hibernation Enabled
Power Shutdown Enabled
Power Suspend Enabled
Turn Off Monitor after: (On AC Power) 20 min
Turn Off Monitor after: (On Battery Power) 5 min
Turn Off Hard Disk after: (On AC Power) Never
Turn Off Hard Disk after: (On Battery Power) 10 min
Suspend after: (On AC Power) Never
Suspend after: (On Battery Power) 5 min
Screen saver Disabled
Uptime
Current Session
Current Time 02-12-2011 12:09:44
Current Uptime 696 sec (0 d, 00 h, 11 m, 36 s)
Last Boot Time 02-12-2011 11:58:08
TimeZone
TimeZone GMT +1 Hours
Language Danish
Country Danmark
Currency kr.
Date Format dd-MM-yyyy
Time Format HH:mm:ss
Scheduler
Process List
Hotfixes
System Folders
Device Tree
Services

Third tab:
CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Cores 4
Threads 4
Name Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Code Name Kentsfield
Package Socket 775 LGA
Technology 65nm
Specification Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
Family 6
Extended Family 6
Model F
Extended Model F
Stepping B
Revision G0
Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, Intel 64
Virtualization Supported, Enabled
Hyperthreading Not supported
Fan Speed 906 RPM
Bus Speed 266.4 MHz
Rated Bus Speed 1065.5 MHz
Stock Core Speed 2400 MHz
Stock Bus Speed 266 MHz
Average Temperature 54 °C
Caches
L1 Data Cache Size 4 x 32 KBytes
L1 Instructions Cache Size 4 x 32 KBytes
L2 Unified Cache Size 2 x 4096 KBytes
Core 0
Core 1
Core 2
Core 3

Forth tab:
RAM
Memory slots
Total memory slots 4
Used memory slots 4
Free memory slots 0
Memory
Type DDR2
Size 4096 MBytes
Channels # Dual
DRAM Frequency 399.5 MHz
CAS# Latency (CL) 4 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 4 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 4 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 12 clocks
Bank Cycle Time (tRC) 20 clocks
Physical Memory
Memory Usage 46 %
Total Physical 4.00 GB
Available Physical 2.12 GB
Total Virtual 7.99 GB
Available Virtual 5.31 GB
SPD
Number Of SPD Modules 4
Slot #1
Slot #2
Slot #3
Slot #4

Fifth tab:
Motherboard
Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Model D975XBX (J3E1)
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model i975X
Chipset Revision A0
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model 82801GB (ICH7/R)
Southbridge Revision A1
System Temperature 58 °C
BIOS
Brand Intel Corp.
Version BX97510J.86A.1487.2007.0902.1724
Date 09/02/2007
Voltage
+1.5V 1.497 V
CPU CORE 1.165 V
ATX +3.3V 3.298 V
ATX +5V 5.078 V
ATX +12V 12.298 V
PCI Data
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage In Use
Bus Width Unknown
Slot Designation PCIE X16 SLOT
Slot Number 0
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Bus Width Unknown
Slot Designation PCIE X8 SLOT
Slot Number 1
Slot PCI
Slot Type PCI
Slot Usage Available
Bus Width 32 bit
Slot Designation PCI SLOT 1
Slot Number 2
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Bus Width Unknown
Slot Designation PCIE X4 SLOT
Slot Number 3
Slot PCI
Slot Type PCI
Slot Usage In Use
Bus Width 32 bit
Slot Designation PCI SLOT 2
Slot Number 4

Sixth tab:
Graphics
Monitor
Name SAMSUNG on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
Current Resolution 1600x900 pixels
Work Resolution 1600x860 pixels
State enabled, primary, output devices support
Monitor Width 1600
Monitor Height 900
Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
Monitor Frequency 59 Hz
Device \\.\DISPLAY1\Monitor0
ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
GPU Juniper
Device ID 1002-68B8
Subvendor ATI (1002)
Current Performance Level Level 1
Current GPU Clock 156 MHz
Current Memory Clock 300 MHz
Voltage 0.950 V
Technology 41 nm
Die Size 40 nm²
Release Date Oct 13, 2009
DirectX Support 11.0
OpenGL Support 5.0
Bios Core Clock 850.00
Bios Mem Clock 1200.00
Temperature 37 °C
Core Voltage 1.000 V
BIOS Version 113-E14701-X05
ROPs 16
Shaders 800 unified
Memory Type GDDR5
Bus Width 64x2 (128 bit)
Pixel Fillrate 9.6 GPixels/s
Texture Fillrate 0.0 GTexels/s
Noise Level Moderate
Max Power Draw 108 Watts
Count of performance levels : 1
Level 1
GPU Clock 599 MHz
Memory Clock 1200 MHz
OpenGL
Version 4.1.10524 Compatibility Profile Context
Vendor ATI Technologies Inc.
Renderer ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
GLU Version 1.2.2.0 Microsoft Corporation
Values
GL_MAX_LIGHTS 8
GL_MAX_TEXTURE_SIZE 16384
GL_MAX_TEXTURE_STACK_DEPTH 10
GL Extensions
GLU Extensions

Seventh tab:
Hard Drives
WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 ATA Device
Manufacturer Western Digital
Form Factor TB/3.5-inch (new format)
Business Unit/Brand Desktop/WD Caviar®
Heads 16
Cylinders 16383
SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
Device type Fixed
ATA Standard ATA8-ACS
LBA Size 48-bit LBA
Power On Count 202 times
Power On Time 72.5 days
Features S.M.A.R.T., AAM, NCQ
Transfer Mode SATA III
Interface SATA
Capacity 977GB
Real size 1.000.204.886.016 bytes
RAID Type None
S.M.A.R.T
01 Read Error Rate 200 (200 worst) Data 0000000000
03 Spin-Up Time 171 (171) Data 0000001138
04 Start/Stop Count 100 (100) Data 00000000D5
05 Reallocated Sectors Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
07 Seek Error Rate 200 (200) Data 0000000000
09 Power-On Hours (POH) 098 (098) Data 00000006CC
0A Spin Retry Count 100 (100) Data 0000000000
0B Recalibration Retries 100 (100) Data 0000000000
0C Device Power Cycle Count 100 (100) Data 00000000CA
C0 Power-off Retract Count 200 (200) Data 000000000E
C1 Load/Unload Cycle Count 200 (200) Data 00000000C6
C2 Temperature 117 (099) Data 000000001E
C4 Reallocation Event Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
C5 Current Pending Sector Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
C6 Uncorrectable Sector Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
C7 UltraDMA CRC Error Count 200 (200) Data 0000000000
C8 Write Error Rate / Multi-Zone Error Rate 200 (200) Data 0000000000
Temperature 30 °C
Temperature Range ok (less than 50 °C)
Status Good
Partition 0
Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #0
Size 100 MB
Partition 1
Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #1
Disk Letter C:
File System NTFS
Volume Serial Number 5486C4F7
Size 931GB
Used Space 439GB (48%)
Free Space 492GB (52%)

Eight tab:
Optical Drives
HUAWEI Mass Storage USB Device
Media Type UNKNOWN
Name HUAWEI Mass Storage USB Device
Availability Running/Full Power
Capabilities Random Access, Supports Removable Media
Config Manager Error Code Device is working properly
Config Manager User Config FALSE
Drive E:
DriveIntegrity TRUE
Media Loaded TRUE
Size 20,2 MB
Status OK
Transfer Rate 4085 KB/S
Volume Name 3Connect
Volume Serial Number C0487CA0
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS50 ATA Device
Media Type DVD Writer
Name HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS50 ATA Device
Availability Running/Full Power
Capabilities Random Access, Supports Writing, Supports Removable Media
Config Manager Error Code Device is working properly
Config Manager User Config FALSE
Drive D:
Media Loaded FALSE
SCSI Bus 0
SCSI Logical Unit 0
SCSI Port 1
SCSI Target Id 1
Status OK
OXGXUD WTEFKPYB49 SCSI CdRom Device
Media Type DVD-ROM
Name OXGXUD WTEFKPYB49 SCSI CdRom Device
Availability Running/Full Power
Capabilities Random Access, Supports Removable Media
Config Manager Error Code Device is working properly
Config Manager User Config FALSE
Drive F:
Media Loaded FALSE
SCSI Bus 0
SCSI Logical Unit 0
SCSI Port 3
SCSI Target Id 0
Status OK
OXGXUD WTEFKPYB49 SCSI CdRom Device
Media Type DVD-ROM
Name OXGXUD WTEFKPYB49 SCSI CdRom Device
Availability Running/Full Power
Capabilities Random Access, Supports Removable Media
Config Manager Error Code Device is working properly
Config Manager User Config FALSE
Drive H:
Media Loaded FALSE
SCSI Bus 0
SCSI Logical Unit 0
SCSI Port 3
SCSI Target Id 1
Status OK

Ninth tab:
Audio
Sound Cards
AMD High Definition Audio Device
High Definition Audio Device
Playback Devices
Speakers (High Definition Audio Device) (default)
AMD HDMI Output (AMD High Definition Audio Device)
Digital Audio (S/PDIF) (High Definition Audio Device)
Recording Devices
Line In (High Definition Audio Device)
Microphone (High Definition Audio Device) (default)
Microphone (High Definition Audio Device) (default)

Tenth tab:
Peripherals
HID Keyboard Device
Device Kind Keyboard
Device Name HID Keyboard Device
Vendor Unknown
Location USB Input Device
Driver
Logitech USB WheelMouse
Device Kind Mouse
Device Name Logitech USB WheelMouse
Vendor Logitech
Location Logitech USB WheelMouse
Driver
Disk drive
Device Kind USB storage
Device Name Disk drive
Vendor HUAWEI
Comment HUAWEI SD Storage USB Device
Location USB Mass Storage Device
Driver
Printers
Fax
Printer Port SHRFAX:
Print Processor winprint
Availability Always
Priority 1
Duplex None
Print Quality 200 * 200 dpi Monochrome
Status Unknown
Driver
Microsoft XPS Document Writer (Default Printer)
Printer Port XPSPort:
Print Processor winprint
Availability Always
Priority 1
Duplex None
Print Quality 600 * 600 dpi Color
Status Unknown
Driver

Eleventh tab:
... You know what? I'm pretty sure I just figured out that the last few tabs were pretty much non-important, all together.

Also, note that it says my system is completely unprotected. It's not, I just use my own anti virus program (bit defender)
 


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#12
Okay, it took a good long while, before the problem occurred again, but I listened for a while to the beeps.

They aren't anything like the ones you've suggested. There doesn't seem to be any pattern, it's just a continuous beeping, very loud and fast paced. Much like a siren as earlier described. I tried counting the beeps, but seriously, it continues for waaaaay longer than any beep combinations you've suggested, and it'd incredibly difficult to count due to the fast pace, and current rareness of the error.

Do any of you people have ANY clue what so ever, to what could be causing this?
 


davehc

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#13
Sorry. Not a clue here. But, if you have the knowledge, I would take every component/card out of the computer and give it a clean and check the reinsertion (particularly Ram). My own theory, fwiw, is that you have a dry or dirty joint on a contact, which is easing as the machine warms up. pressing the mouse is merely stifling the sound card and is a bit of a red herring..
 


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#14
Well, obviously something is wrong, but the problem isn't so extensive, I mean, the PC runs perfectly apart from that, after all.
If anyone else thinks of anything, let me know.

I guess I could give it a clean, but to be honest, I'm a bit too afraid of making it worse.

I asked the guy who helped me build this thing, and he told me that, the motherboard we used didn't come with any manual for proper installation, and that nothing was available on-line, so when he connected the different cords to the board, it was actually by trial and error. Is it possible that this sound is simply caused by a component which has been plugged in wrong? I wouldn't be able to fix this myself as I have no knowledge of this, but I just recently remembered these details.

Also, I believe the motherboard is a bit older than the rest of the parts in the PC, and I'm pretty sure we salvaged it from a computer that was fully operational, but not in use.

As a last option, I remember there were a few issues with the sound-card just when we got the PC up and running. Is it possible that it might actually be a problem with the sound card, causing this? I haven't had any problems with it since, unless this is in fact a such problem.
 


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