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d630 emits loud tone, freezes

This is a little crazy...I have a dell D630 that works just fine for between 5-15 minutes. Then, randomly during use, it will freeze all the programs, and about 30-60 seconds after this freeze, the speakers emit a loud tone at maximum volume that stays on until the computer is shut off with the power switch.

RAM is good, hard drive is good, no viruses, scanned with malware bytes, NOD32, super anti-spyware.

Any thoughts?
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jamietonerCommented:
After you shut it off can you immediatly turn it back on or does it have to sit for a while?
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jamietonerCommented:
Also how long has it been since the air vents(heatsinks) have been cleaned?
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zoogelsnofAuthor Commented:
not a heat problem, machine behves the same no matter how many times you do it, or how often.
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jamietonerCommented:
Try booting to a live linux cd or run the dell diags and see if displays the same behavior.
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zoogelsnofAuthor Commented:
runs fine in Linux/Unix
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jamietonerCommented:
So it's most likely an Os issue and not hardware. Run msconfig and clear all items from startup, restart and see if exhibits the same behavior, if not enable the startup items one by one until the culprit is found. If it displays the same behavior then its either a driver or service in which case backing up and reinstalling would be the fastest solution.
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JonveeCommented:

Is there a clue in the Event Viewer perhaps?
Start > Run > then type in >>      "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes).

Also worth checking to see if there's a minidump.  
The dumps are normally located in c:\windows\minidump\    
or  %systemroot%\minidump\

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zoogelsnofAuthor Commented:
Event Viewer did give me a clue, it had a lot of errors about the audio drivers not loading correctly.

I disabled the audio drivers, and that stopped the freezing, but the computer refuses to reinstall the audio drivers (freezes the installer, but not eh whole computer, halfway through). I tried a repair install, but now THATS been stuck on the detecting hardware phase for the last 12 hours.

Crap, any idea how to get around that? Rebooting the computer just sends it back into setup for the same freeze.
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JonveeCommented:
Are you able to boot to Safe mode by rapidly tapping F8 key during bootup?

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2001052409420406
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zoogelsnofAuthor Commented:
nope, no safe mode, says I need to start in regular mode to restart setup.
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JonveeCommented:
As you can't reach Safe mode you could take another look at a repair install, using the recommendations given here>
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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zoogelsnofAuthor Commented:
Dude, the repair install IS the problem, that is how I got where I am now.

Please read entire thread before commenting.
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jamietonerCommented:
Is there data on the system that needs to be backed up?
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zoogelsnofAuthor Commented:
yes, but the whole point of this thread is to NOT do a reinstall. I can pull the drive, save the data, and reinstall the OS without coming to EE.
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jamietonerCommented:
Unfortunately your at the point where that's the only option, repair installs can be a nice quick fix some times but when it's not the OS itself, but a driver or application causing the issue a repair install(as you have found) will usually do more harm than good.
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zoogelsnofAuthor Commented:
fair enough.
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