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one short beep at every boot up?


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Hi,

I recently bought a new computer and here are its specs:

# AMD Phenom II X4 Processor 955 (3.2GHz) AM3

# THERMALTAKE HIGH PERFORMANCE CPU COOLER

# ASRock M3A785GXH/128M Motherboard

# 4GB DDR3 1333MHz PC3-10600

# Hitachi/WD 500GB 0A33437 SATA2 U300 7200rpm 16MB RoHS

# LG/SAMSUNG 22X DVD-RW DUAL LAYER W/LIGHTSCRIBE

# ATI Radeon HD 3200 FULL HD 1080p 512MB DVI/HDTV PCI-Express Video Card (Onboard)

# REALTEK 8-CHANNEL DIGITAL SOUND ONBOARD

# REALTEK 10/100/1000 Gigabit Network Card (onboard)

# OKIA 80MM CASE COOLER

# OKIA 550 WATT POWER SUPPLY


Every time when I turn on the computer, it will always give me one short beep then it goes into the welcome screen. I just want to know if this is normal. If it's not, could you guide me through the solution to solving this issue? Thanks.
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This is EXACTLY what you want to hear when booting, one (and only one), short beep. That signals the POST (power-on self-test) completed properly. It is when you hear a repeating beep that indicates an error.
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But on some computers, that doesn't happen, why is that? I'm just curious. And, is there a way to make it not beep at every boot up? It kindda annoys me. Thanks for helping.
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But on some computers, that doesn't happen, why is that?

A very common reason these days is simply because many case makers are cutting costs by not including a case speaker with the case. And not all motherboard makers have started to compensate for that by including a pizo or button speaker on their boards. The beep is there, just no speaker to hear it. These are system beeps, created by the BIOS before the hard drive is touched during the boot process. This is why the sound comes from the internal case speaker, and not the normal computer speakers - which need Windows and sound drivers to produce sounds.

I don't know how to disable it, short of disconnecting the wires - and that's not possible with motherboard mounted speakers. You can look in your BIOS Setup Menu for an option to disable it. That said, I think you should learn to like it. It tells you your RAM, CPU, motherboard and graphics processor all passed self-testing - and that's a good thing. It is when you don't hear it that you need to pay attention.
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I see. Thanks for the informative explanation. I'm learning a lot from here. Thanks again. Have a great day!
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Thanks again. Have a great day!

You are welcome, and you too!
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