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Strange beeping on laptop.

by Postjo / October 10, 2013 1:28 AM PDT

I bought a Eurocom Shark sometime last winter. Ever since I bought it, the computer will randomly let off a strange beep at seemingly random intervals. The beep coincides with a slight stutter in video, and it happens whether I'm using onboard or dedicated graphics. I believe there's also a slight clicking noise, so I figured it might be my harddrive. If it were the harddrive, I assumed it would've failed by now.

My 1 year warranty is running out within the next few months, so I figured I'd see if anyone had any ideas why my computer does this. Would it be worth sending the computer into Eurocom to look at the problem? They haven't been very helpful thus far.

Thanks for your help.

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Beeping
by pgc3 / October 10, 2013 2:27 AM PDT

If it is still under warranty I'd send it in, at this point it sounds like a hardware issue.

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Sometimes related to overheating
by Steven Haninger / October 10, 2013 4:37 AM PDT

I don't know about laptops but some PC motherboards feature a heat alarm that activates at some threshold. You might just try the usual compressed air in the vents to see if the problem is alleviated. If not, and under warranty, the suggestion to ship it back is probably a good one.

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Beep codes
by pgc3 / October 10, 2013 5:13 AM PDT

Desktop and Laptop computers typically incorporate beep codes to indicate errors, generally hardware related, the sequence in desktops slightly different than a L/T.

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(NT) Right but that's from BIOS during startup
by Steven Haninger / October 10, 2013 6:42 AM PDT
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Alright
by Postjo / October 10, 2013 6:33 AM PDT

I've been needing to clean it out with some compressed air. What irks me is that it's been doing it since it's had a chance to get all dusty. Thanks.

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Getting dusty
by Steven Haninger / October 10, 2013 6:45 AM PDT
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Maybe it's best to not use these on certain surfaces like beds and carpeting. I don't know how you use it but dust gets drawn in by the cooling fans of all PCs and laptops. PCs on the floor gather dust much faster than those on the table above it. Cleaning isn't avoidable.

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I had that slight clicking sound
by itsdigger / October 10, 2013 6:43 AM PDT

for awhile in my laptop and it got progressively worse. It turned out that it was the fan beginning to fail. I had to take the laptop apart to replace it. Along the way I cleaned out all of the dust and while I was in there I cleaned all of the heat sinks and applied new thermal paste....Digger

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First, why not
by James Denison / October 12, 2013 5:36 PM PDT

go into it's computer management section or Event Viewer area and check the system and activity logs? Look for the red X's. If you remember the date time it happened, that makes it easier to know which red X belongs to that event.

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Thanks
by Postjo / October 13, 2013 12:28 AM PDT
In reply to: First, why not

This is something I hadn't considered.

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