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Toshiba Satellite A135 makes loud beeps (alarm) at startup

by bluepeas / August 23, 2009 12:57 PM PDT

I have a Toshiba Satellite A135 S4528 laptop that makes a loud beeping noise when I try to turn it on. I am running 32-bit Vista.

Here is a video of what happens:

I am able to press F2 to access the BIOS settings. (I think that is what I'm accessing). If I remain there for a while, the fan powers on as normal. This makes me think it's not a fan problem.

I tried replacing the RAM, but it didn't make a difference.

Eventually, I am able to boot up my system, but I don't know what fixes the situation. I just wait a while, try multiple times and eventually it boots normally. I never leave the PC on to see what happens if I leave it alone, as the sound is quite alarming and makes me think I should turn it off immediately. The last time the beeping started, I pressed F2 during the beeps and the OS then booted. Was it because I pressed F2 or was this just a coincidence? I've shut it down only once since then and upon powering on was able to successfully boot, so haven't had a chance to test this F2 button further.

I have had other problems with this laptop, but I don't know if they are related to this loud alarm and failure to start.

Other problems:

1) The fan on this machine has become very loud, but as far as I know cools the computer just fine. The computer has never shut down on me after becoming too hot. But could heat damage have occurred during the one-and-a-half years it has been noisy?

2) Since I purchased this machine, I have gone through five or six AC adapters. I don't know if my computer somehow breaks them or if Toshiba continually makes faulty adapters.

3) Recently, on occasion my computer thinks I am holding down the left arrow key. Pressing the Ctrl button immediately remedies this.

I can't find the beep codes for this laptop, but do they apply? This seems to be more of an alarm than a beep code.

The fan seems to work, the battery is fine, the RAM is okay, so could the alarm indicate a motherboard problem or a failing hard drive? If so, how do I check their health?

If anyone knows what the beeping means I would appreciate your advice.

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Just links and a comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2009 10:25 PM PDT
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Thank you for the advice. However...
by bluepeas / August 24, 2009 3:46 AM PDT

Bob, I have considered that. I did back up my data just a few days ago. Unfortunately, my money situation requires me to keep hobbling along with this computer as long as I possibly can. I do wonder if there is any way to troubleshoot the alarm. Aside from the loud fan, the ghostly left arrow key and the AC adapter problem, the laptop runs all right. I just worry that it will perish unexpectedly at any moment. It's hardly trustworthy in my estimation and that link you provided certainly reveals others who share my troubles.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2009 5:12 AM PDT

Are posts about troubleshooting. The problem is that spare parts can cost as much as a new unit. Be sure you don't take this to a shop counter unless you are sure.

And to repeat prior replies. There are about 18 parts to most laptops. What many would like is a fix without replacing any of those.


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S4527, not S4528
by bluepeas / August 24, 2009 3:09 AM PDT


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My Toshiba Satllite A135-S4437 has the same problems!
by sailahgirl / August 30, 2009 3:11 AM PDT

I read your post and watched your video- my laptop is experiencing the same problems- beeping, touchpad will often fail to work, and my laptop inserts a symbol sign ( like this one{.. but the reverse brackett.. I can't even press the button now because it seem to be broken) without acutally pressing the key itself...

Any remedies yet? What a bother!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 30, 2009 4:10 AM PDT

Are posts about troubleshooting. What I'm still encountering are laptops that are choking due to most owners never being told about the yearly cleaning of vents and heatsinks. Did your laptop get its yearly cleaning?

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Alarm Sound means RAM problem
by SydneyMcHugh / February 13, 2014 7:58 AM PST

I just followed the instructions above and have, at least for the nonce, rid myself of the beeping problem as well as the funky slowness at start up. I didn't have to replace anything, just pull the RAM out, blow on the contact points to dislodge any dust (didn't really see any dust, per se) and put the RAM back in. All I needed was the proper size screw driver and a little patience. The diagram in the link to irisvista in the above linked instructions really helped, too.
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by Dafydd Forum moderator / February 13, 2014 8:20 AM PST

While you were in there you didn't do the suggested cleaning and paste?
Old thread by the way.


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