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SalemGuy

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I bought a new computer which has developed a very annoying habit of randomly (and frequently) double beeping, as in when a new piece of hardware is added or removed. The double beep tone (going up when hardware is added, and going down when removed) is driving me crazy. I'm not adding or removing hardware, so the beeping is unrelated to what I'm doing. I can't shut it off. Any suggestions for what's happening and how to stop it? Previously, it was a welcome tone that confirmed that I had either added or safely removed a component, but now it's acting like a virus. :)
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This can happen if you have a usb-powered device (ie does not use mains power) plugged into a usb port and there's barely enough power from the usb port to drive that device. It will constantly connect - disconnect because a constant voltage can't be maintained. Especially if there are several other USB devices plugged in to the same PC at the same time.

I have a portable external drive that does that. It works on my laptop just fine, but on my main PC there are about 7 other USB devices all plugged in so the usb drive just can't get a constant supply of power and it 'bleeps' continually on-off.
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The only USB connection I had was a docking station. So, I disconnected/removed the docking station and connected the three components directly to the computer's USB ports. So far I haven't heard anything - even the "new hardware added" double beep. I need to go to work now, but thanks very much for the reply. I'll follow with this again late in the day.
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