looneytoon
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Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:45 am

I am typing this using the on-screen keyboard...

why does my computer beep everytime I press a key on the keyboard? my keboard isn't letting me type

any help would be great...
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:54 am

I would check the connection for the keyboard in the back of the computer. If that fails, try a new keyboard. They are pretty cheap these days.
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:57 am

Try restarting your computer after checking the connections. That seems to fix a lot of my computer and keyboard problems.
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 7:52 am

One of the keys may be stuck in the down position or broken...anyway keyboards are cheap these days. In fact you may want to get a fancy wireless one...

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looneytoon
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 8:36 am

ok, now It is working again.

but pretty soon, it will fail me and start beeping.

arghh! this is so annoying
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:01 am

Sounds like you have a key stuck that you don't realize. It's sending input to the OS and the keyboard buffer on the PC fills up and then starts beeping with every new key pressed. Turn your keyboard upside down and tap it lightly several times to shake loose anything sticking to the keys. If you have a can of compressed air, use this to blow out material as well. If the problem still happens, spend $15 and get a new keyboard. (You can actually take apart and clean most keyboards, but its a pain and not really worth it when they are so cheap).
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:14 am

You might have inadvertently activated "sticky keys", an accessibility enhancement feature built into later versions of Microsoft operating systems. It's easy to start it but sometimes hard to get rid of. Go to Programs -> Accessories -> Accessibility or in Control Panel -> Accessibility Options. Look around and see if all the settings look OK. You can just hold down the key too long and it will pop up a dialoge box and if you're not careful, you might start it. Good luck!
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 10:01 am

Quoting LooneyToon (Thread starter):
why does my computer beep everytime I press a key on the keyboard?

Either your computer is eff't up or it is just a default noise, like everytime I click "quote selected text" to let you know what's up.
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:02 am

ok, so now the keyboard goes out, or starts beeping or both.

Then the mouse goes out too.

Could it be the voltage? The electricity here sucks and its always waving up and down
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:10 am

There is a maximum power budget on each USB bus. If you should have additional power-hungry devices on the same USB port (such as external harddisks or scanners) the port may not be able to supply all of them at the same time. In such a case you should connect those devices to a separate port or to multiple separate ports if necessary.
 
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:51 pm

Maybe theirs a time bomb in your computer waiting to go off.....

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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:56 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 9):
There is a maximum power budget on each USB bus. If you should have additional power-hungry devices on the same USB port (such as external harddisks or scanners) the port may not be able to supply all of them at the same time. In such a case you should connect those devices to a separate port or to multiple separate ports if necessary.

Would that be why my computer periodically (maybe once a day at most) beeps for no otherwise apparent reason? I do have a USB port expander and thats almost full...

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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:07 pm

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 11):
Would that be why my computer periodically (maybe once a day at most) beeps for no otherwise apparent reason? I do have a USB port expander and thats almost full...

How old is your computer? I had an old Pentium75 desktop and beeped once in a while, turned out the CMOS or BIOS battery was low and needed replacement. The one that maintains the clock when the system is off.
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:04 am

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 12):
How old is your computer?

its two years old.

Now I think I have narrowed down the problem to the connections. If my LAN plug isnt plugged in, then it works fine, but once it is plugged in a few minutes later it starts to beep then it eventually shuts off.
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:17 am

It would be very strange (or a possible motherboard failure) if the problem was really connected to the LAN port.

That you have an "almost full" USB hub makes it rather likely it is indeed a USB problem.

Especially problematic would be:

- If either the computer's USB port or the hub (or both) are only USB1 instead of the faster USB2. It could be data congestion, especially when audio or mass storage devices are connected. (Even USB2 can be overloaded - USB requires constant polling and thus every connected device produces permanent traffic overhead.)

- If the hub has no power supply or one that is too weak. In that case all connected devices have to share the power supplied through that one port which connects it to the computer. And that may not be enough, hence some devices shutting down.

Either way, it is rather likely that it would help to distribute the devices over several USB ports at the computer.
 
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:26 am

Well, you could listen to Klaus...who sounds like he knows what he's talking about here (for a change  Wink ) or you could employ my tried and somewhat effective method of repairing such things.

Throw the keyboard against the wall and then turn the computer off and on again.

THen go buy another keyboard and then see what Klaus had to say again.....
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:43 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 14):
or a possible motherboard failure

uh oh,  Sad that's what my computer repair person told me about 3 minutes ago on the phone....

They lent me a keyboard to see if the problem was in my keyboard.

I'd hate to pay for a new motherboard since we are about to sell this anyways!
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Fri Dec 16, 2005 5:36 am

I'd still check the USB setup first: Disconnect all other devices and see if that solves anything (connect the keyboard & mouse directly to the computer without the hub - hubs can die, too!).

A faulty power supply or simply oxidized connectors (or a bad USB cable) could be other causes for a failure. Your support person may make the most money with a motherboard replacement, but I'd rather exclude the simpler and cheaper possible causes first.

Maybe not all is lost...!

Quoting DL021 (Reply 15):
Well, you could listen to Klaus...who sounds like he knows what he's talking about here (for a change   )

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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Fri Dec 16, 2005 5:43 am

Quoting LooneyToon (Thread starter):
Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Maybe a spider peed in it...did you check for spider pee?  Wink
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Fri Dec 16, 2005 5:58 am

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 18):
Maybe a spider peed in it...did you check for spider pee?

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looneytoon
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:04 am

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 18):
Maybe a spider peed in it...did you check for spider pee? Wink

hahahahahah, that is hilarious Big grin Big grin I still have a huge scar on my eyelid though...  Sad

my mouse and keyboard are not USB but rather the circular plugs (green and purple)
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:20 am

Ah, okay; That changes things. In that case you could only try a different keyboard and mouse; If those exhibit the same symptoms, you've probably got a problem with either

a) the motherboard

b) cables or connectors between power supply and motherboard

c) the power supply

Although it's still remotely possible that an power overload on the USB bus through an un-powered hub having to host numerous power-hungry devices could affect the PS/2 power for the keyboard and mouse. Still worth a try to disconnect the hub, even if not as likely as I first thought.
 
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RE: Why Is My Computer Beeping?

Fri Dec 16, 2005 12:05 pm

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 12):
How old is your computer?

about 2.5 years old, give or take a few months...its a laptop as well, Dell Inspiron 8500...

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