View Full Version : Alarming noise

08-09-2008, 11:27 AM
i hav had my pc on for about.....20mns and walked out the room (as u do) i returned to an alarm sounding noise and the computer screen had gone black. Its an HP Compaq, and the RAM is fine, i checked it, what does this alarm mean?

08-09-2008, 11:58 AM
I'd be looking at overheating/slow fan problem. Dust buildup?? Does it still start up OK from cold?

08-09-2008, 12:14 PM
i did a whole bunch of tests on temperature and the cpu never seems to go above 45 degrees, (usually stays alot less) about 39 was the last check ten mins ago. I thought it was RAM not being seated properly, but then it wouldnt start would it? Its an older PC maybe its something to do with the fact ihave a 200Gb and 160Gb hard drives? some disk issue? i wouldnt have any idea, as i hav changed pretty much every part (ram, vid card, psu etc).... unless its that faulty NIC that doesnt show up in device manager anymore....

Speedy Gonzales
08-09-2008, 12:32 PM
Does it have intrusion detection?

Where you open the case and an alarm goes off?

If it does, disable it in the BIOS

I dont think the NIC will cause it whether its going or dead (only other reason the NIC may not appear in device manager, is its disabled in the BIOS)

08-09-2008, 12:45 PM
i think i found the issue.All the IDE and the wide scsi cables were ontop of the fan (not actually touching it but just above it, and there is an external fan which i assume blows cool air over the cpu, and the said cables were effectively smothering the cpu......would that be the issue, i cant see it as a hardware issue as it happens sparsely.....

Speedy Gonzales
08-09-2008, 12:52 PM
Move them then you'll find out

08-09-2008, 12:53 PM
It becomes a hardware issue when your motherboard starts screaming that the CPU is about to fry.

Tidy up your cables, nothing worse than a mess stuffing up airflow.