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Old July 31, 2008, 09:02 AM
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Hey this has happened to me 4 or 5 times past week i would be playing a game on my desktop and randomly i hear a long Beep that wont stop and everything freezes up nothing will work i restart and then its fine for awhile today it happened twice but one of the times there was no beeps it just froze and nothing happens

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Old July 31, 2008, 09:22 AM
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To help you properly, we need:
System specs?
Are you overclocking?
Version of windows?
.... and any other info. you can give.
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Old July 31, 2008, 09:35 AM
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Is it a beep from the sound card or the on board PC Speaker? If it is from the mainboard it is probably a RAM problem but you need to look it up with your mainboard manufacturer. If it is from the sound cards please follow CMetaphor's advice.
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Old July 31, 2008, 09:50 AM
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Old July 31, 2008, 09:54 AM
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Also Its from a Sound card my on board sound is disabled
Its Just 1 long continuous Beep and everything freezes one of the times where was no beep just a freeze
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Old July 31, 2008, 09:55 AM
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Sorry DX, but we might need a bit more than that...
First of all, ASI motherboard? That's not a company I've ever heard of.
Second, issues during games normally involve system stress and/or heat. The next time your system freezes, check (by hand if necessary, but don't burn yourself) the temperature of the processor, RAM, northbridge and video card. the video card especially, since I still have two 9800's and they run pretty hot.
Also, while you're looking in there, check your motherboard for swollen/leaking capacitors. They should look like Flat-topped cylinders (if you dont know what to look for) - if they're bowing outwards of seem to have something leaking out, your motherboard is defective.

Get back to us with more details! hehe
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He can also run LAVALYS EVEREST in the background, run the game for a while and before it has a chance to freeze, alt tab or exit and watch the CPU - GPU - MB temps. report your findings. What is your power supply brand/model and rating ? always check on the website for specs on power supply requirement and current consumption - your PSU must provide enough amps to your card - that long beep and freeze sounds to me like a CPU issue, I'd look for an overheating CPU (improper heatsink installation/contact, fan not working, etc) do you have a CPU monitoring option in your BIOS, at what temp do you have it set to ? I'd check 3 things first, your CPU, RAM, PSU, and of course a visual inspection as specified, on the motherboard would do no harm, don't be touching anything on your board, whatever you do DO NOT touch any chips or anything when your MB is powered, check your CAPS as stated above. I have a hunch however that it's CPU overheat.
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Old July 31, 2008, 07:38 PM
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what kind of power supply do you have? i can see that your system isnt especially power hungry, but if there is a big enough drop in the power supplied to your video card it will have a continuous hi pitched beep and will obviously stop your system since you need it to play games/display windows. something you can do to test that perhaps this is the problem is to pop your side panel off, unplug the video cards molex power cable, turn on your computer and see if you recognize the beep. If you DO recognise the beep, try to get ahold of an alternate power supply, if the second power supply doesnt help it, perhaps the video card is malfunctioning.
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