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Dell dimensions e520 rapid beeping

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My Dell dimensions e520 beeps rapidly only when i am opening programs like Firefox or Control Panel or my soft phone and also my outlook 2007. i have tried everything possible to get it to stop. also the processor is always running at 50% or more for the svc host.

I have found out what problems it is not having:
- it is not over heating
- the RAM is fine
- The processor is also fine

here are the specs:
dimensions e520
3.0Ghz x2
3 gb Ram 3x1 gb DDR2 667Mhz
Windows XP home
BTX Case

P.S. This is now happening on 2 identical computers. and they are out of warranty
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Top Expert 2007

Commented:
Sounds like an update issue when more than one PC is effected in the same manner.
What happens to the SVC HOST when windows update is turned off?

Check this out in reference to the SVC HOST and update issue.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927891

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when i turn off auto updates, nothing changes. this problem appeared on my computer around jan 2009. it appeared on another employees computer today. but on the other employee's computer the processor activity is normal. it idles at 2%.
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ok, you solved one problem. my processor is now running fine. it was the auto update, i have turned it off now and it works fine. but the computer still beeps. this computer does not have a HDD light, just power.

Author

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if i can record it, will that help?
Top Expert 2007

Commented:
Not necessarily as the only beeps that would be of importance are startup beep codes.
As long as it isn't a hi/low form of beeping like a European police car. That would indicate a high CPU temp alarm from the BIOS.
Is this a constant beeping until the program is shut down. Some of my kids computers will do the random beep thing when they're running a certain game, mostly I attribute it to HD access waits and such.
Top Expert 2007

Commented:
Check in the BIOS for any alarm settings that may be giving an alarm beep.

Author

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the beeping is [on,off,on,off] at a rate of about 1/16 of a second from on to off, and is the same tone. it only lasts until the program loads completely. it does not affect the performance, but it is driving all the employees in my building NUTS!

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i picked up a digital audio recorder today because i think if you hear it you may have a better understanding. when i recorded this i was opening my soft phone.

here it is[WMA]:
http://riotcommunity.org/VN520012.WMA
Top Expert 2007

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This may sound weird but that sounds like a stuck key on the keyboard to me.
Check this link out concerning turning of the filter keys setting.
http://www.ofzenandcomputing.com/zanswers/463

Author

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it is not the keyboard, i even disconnected the keyboard and it did the same thing. i tried a new keyboard, same thing. if you cant solve the problem, let me know and i will just reload the OS and award you the points anyway because you solved my high processor usage problem,
Top Expert 2007

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Can you turn on task manager and while watching the CPU usage %, see what the usage is when you run one of those programs that create the beep.
Does the CPU usage go to 100% and coincide with the beeping?

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the cpu never went higher than 41% for outlook, and 62% for Firefox.
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before i reload the OS i am going to purchase a P.O.S.T. PCI card in a few days and see if it will give me an error while it beeps. both of the computers are Dimensions E520 and were ordered on the same date.

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i could just take off the speaker, lol
Top Expert 2007

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Yes that would do, but you would always wonder , right ;-)

Author

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so true.

Author

Commented:
ok, i am going to go ahead and accept your solution, and award you points. i will pick up a post card to see if it is a hardware issue.

Author

Commented:
thank you very much
Top Expert 2007

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I can wait on points and would rather se the conclusion for others who may read this later.
Not sure if a post card will detect this unless its happening on startup. A running PC may not give you any indication on the post card.
I wonder if it is the perephrial hardware causing it.  Perhaps a mouse is freaking out and causing some sort of insane input to the computer causing this.  Are you using the same keyboard/mouse on the two computers?  Like most would if setting up a diagnostic workbench.

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i have changed out all add on hardware. so if it is hardware it would be on board. i already awarded you points sparkmaker, because you solved my first problem and helped me narrow down my second one to hardware. i will post what happens when i check it with a post card.
Top Expert 2007

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Affirmative, good luck. Post back any results.

Author

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ok the problem was a windows update. as soon as i find out which one it was i will post it to help others with the same problem.

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