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computer making one loud continuous beep

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help' started by Shelleyroby, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. Shelleyroby

    Shelleyroby Techie7 New Member

    every time i am on the internet, my computer makes one long continuous beep noise. Today for the first time, it also crashed (physical memory dump) computer shut down to avoid additional issues. Any suggestions on why this is happening? I thought it was the Ethernet connection at first, then checked the hard drive (it's fine), and someone told me it may be the memory. HELP. What should I do first to fix this issue? The constant beeping is annoying and I can't stand it any longer. Any suggestions appreciated!
  2. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    Hi Shelleyroby and welcome.

    You can start by telling us a little bit about your computer. All we know is it apparently runs Vista.

    Where is the beep sound coming from? The computer speakers, or from within the case?

    And to be sure, it only happens when you connect to the Internet? Are there any beeps during boot? Note, a single short beep is normal during boot to indicate the computer passed POST - power on self test.
  3. Shelleyroby

    Shelleyroby Techie7 New Member

    Thank you. I have an Acer Aspire T180 pc with AMD Athlon 64 processor 3800+ 2/40 GHz. 6Gb RAM, and windows Vista 32-bit operating system. The noise is coming from within the tower. It doesn't make this long beeping noise unless I am online, and usually only when I am playing a FB game. Recently tho, it has started to do this more frequently, when I am on the internet, just browsing web pages. I ran all the diagnostic tests I could and not showing any errors, other than in the event log when the computer crashed.
  4. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    Okay, that would suggest to me memory or graphics - most likely memory. You can test RAM using one of the following programs. Both require you to create and boot to a bootable floppy disk or CD to run the diagnostics. Allow the diagnostics to run for several passes or even overnight. You should have no reported errors.

    Windows Memory Diagnostic - see the easy to follow instructions under Quick Start Information,
    MemTest86+ (for more advanced users) - an excellent how-to guide is available here.

    You can also test RAM with Vista's Memory Diagnostics.​

    Note, however, that software based RAM diagnostic tools are good, but not conclusive. So you might try running with just a single RAM module to see if it fails. Repeat process with remaining modules, hopefully identifying the bad stick through a process of elimination.
  5. Ztruker

    Ztruker Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    I see you have 6GB of ram but are using a 32 bit Vista. That means 2GB of ram is unused and unusable since a 32 bit OS can only address 4GB of ram.

    Did the problem start around the time you added ram or have you always had 6GB?