Weird Alarm Sound on Startup?

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  1. Carl Miller

    Carl Miller Screenwriter

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    My computer is making a strange alarm type sound on startup. It's intermittent, sounds very much like a smoke alarm and stops once Win XP completes it's startup routine.

    Microsoft gave me the usual "call the manufacturer" reply, and Dell disconnected me after a 30 minute wait.

    Anyone have any ideas what this might be? Thanks!
     
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    Are these sounds beeps?
    When your computer goes through it's startup routine it does what's called a "Power on self-test", POST for short.
    If everyting is OK, most mainboards beep just once. When something is not kosher, it will emit a variety of beeps that tip you off to whatever glitch was found.
    You just need to know what beep codes your mainboard uses for alerting you to errors at post.
     

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