Long beep tone

Have an older W2K system - every now and then the PC will emit a loud (and continuos) beep tone. It appears to happen - strangely enough - when my son is playing Pinball, one of the games included with the OS.

Is this related to low memory, failing processor, or other?
Is there something I can do to diagnose what's causing it?

Thanks,
Sean
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adonis1976Commented:
i told u sean.. it has happened to me before.. i would say it is the motherboard that is overheating.. make sure your cpu fan is working fine.. or I would go and buy a motherboard that doess a better heat dissipation or a better heat sink..
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MrBillisMeCommented:
Generally a long beep is associated with a Keyboard key being held down or sticking, which keyboards to test.
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MrBillisMeCommented:
which should be switch or swap....
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adonis1976Commented:
That sounds like the critical temperature alarm. I'd make sure you're not overheating!
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seanpowellAuthor Commented:
I'll check both.

I tried sticking a thermometer into the Zip drive but that didn't help.
Is there a way to check the temp next time this happens to confirm your hypothesis?

Thanks,
Sean
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seanpowellAuthor Commented:
It's going off as we speak - wasn't the keyboard.

Can I check the temp somehow?
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seanpowellAuthor Commented:
Using Everest Home Edition, the "tcpu" goes up to 52 C (129 F) from 37 when the beep starts.

So something must be causing it to overheat, yes?
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adonis1976Commented:
and trust me 129F is pretty high.. for the processor.. I don't know if the fan can be bought separately..
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MrBillisMeCommented:
You can buy a fan and heat sink cheap enough but first suck and blow the dust out of the heat sink and fan with a vac or canned air.
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seanpowellAuthor Commented:
Just opened up the case to have a look.
The good news is that I found that sandwich I lost a few years back. The roast beef is a right-off but I think I can still salvage most of the mustard.

Thanks for all your help so far...
Sean
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MrBillisMeCommented:
Well at least it's been kept warm.
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seanpowellAuthor Commented:
Seems like the best route - buy new and be happy :-)

Thanks guys,
Sean
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