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HP Proliant ML110 G3 server SBS 2003 Constant Beeping

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A Client of mine has a HP Proliant ML110 G3 server running SBS 2003
and this week it has developed an annoying internal constant beep....
beep beep beep beep non stop. its driving people crazy.

Anyway, I turned off the server to investigate things such as drives, motherboard etc, and obviously when the power was off no beeps.
I turned the power on, still no beeps, through the post boot, and starting SBS etc, still no beeps....
AS soon as the login screen appears....beep beep beep beep beep.
I ran the HP diag CD, tested for every fault, and nothing comes up as faulty

Any ideas on how to stop this before I tear its speakers out?
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by:pgm554
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call hp ,it's a free call and free support
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you might want tp look in the error log and see if there are any red listings
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Sounds like either a key is stuck on the keyboard or something is resting on it.  Replace the keyboard to see if that resolves the problem.

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by:Laurence_L
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Called HP, they dont know what it is either, they have recommended I install a new disk and reinstall the server software.
Obviously no can do at this stage....However I did install ONtract Easy recovery Pro as it has some disk monitoring/diagnostic tools, The server has 2 hdd's installed, one serial the primary SCSI....
I ran physical disk checks and both are fine, however, running the smart test is another story.
The serial HDD comes back as okay...the scsi drive wont even start, it just sits there until I cancel it...Is it possible its a drive controller failure? and can the drive beep?  and if so, how can I confirm this?
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DID YOU TRY REPLACING THE KEYBOARD???

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by:pgm554
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Usually if it's a stuck key,you'll get a keyboard error on bootup.
But ,it can't hurt to try.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Exactly my thought.

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Okay keyboard swapped and mouse swapped, server rebooted, as soon as I login, BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP on and on and on!
called hp they have absolutely no idea, they have suggested a possible disk fault anf they will send me a new scsi drive, for me to install, and then reinstall SBS and see if the problem still occurs....and to call them back if the problem persists!
Anyway I do remember one maxtor IDE drive failing on me a few years back....and it beeped..all the time..HOW? I have no idea but it did.
Watch this space or give me more ideas! before I lose my entire weekend to this weird issue
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Well, I didn't delve any further to find out if this problem occurs on HP Proliant Servers with Windows installed, but apparently there is a problem that can exist which causes continual beeping:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c00943073&lang=en&cc=us&taskId=101&prodSeriesId=1157686&prodTypeId=329290

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by:Laurence_L
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No Answers, but weirdly the problem has ceased....

Received a new Disk from HP, installed and restored the image, then all of a sudden started beeping again. I had given up when a power cut hit us and the entire street actually...., knocked everything out and I didnt have the UPS attached....
an hour or so later, it all came back on again, ....
Not a single beep since, Im keeping my eye on it, but so far after 4 days, its been a dream!
Thank for all your suggestions, we all tried and finally it appears god chose to fix it for us!
thanks all
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This is just something I discovered and it sounded like it fit your problem description precisely.  I have an older Proliant ML350 that we keep to manage the office network (DHCP, etc...) and we run a dynDNS ip updater.  And for some reason it started beeping about one beep per second.  At first I thought it was failing hardware and investigated everywhere.  Turns out, the dynDNS updater (which ran as a service in the background) kept retrying to update our office's dynamic IP address to dynDNS and it failed every time.  As soon as I corrected it, the beep went away.
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by:arbrich
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The DynDns comment was exactly the issue I just had with an SBS 2003 Server - The key was the the beeping did not start until the DynDns Service started up.
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by:purpletriangle666
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Had the Same problem with a Dell Poweredge 2600 and SBS 2003. Disabled the DynDNS service, no beeping Hurray!!
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by:troytechservices
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DynDNS updater here too!  Thanks for the tip!!!
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