When I got the new computer I had planned to move my big files [genealogy and lots of pix] over and continue to use the old computer for tasks that do not require online access. I do not know if this is related or not but I have had problems with the old CD/R/W when I tried to copy to put the info on the new one. Will not go into detail at this point as I have a much BIGGER problem.
We have had the new one for about a month and I only sporadically turned on the old one. They are co-located on a big desk about with the monitors about 3' apart; the CPUs are under the desk--same distance. The new computer is plugged into the APC back up UPS; the old one to a surge protector. They are not plugged into the same receptacle but it is the same line, I guess. I am going into all this electrical stuff as my husband thinks it may be relevant.
All was well for about 10 days; one afternoon, both computers on--the old one started to beep continuously. I was not sure what it was so immediately shut it down. I had used it earlier in the day and it was running fine--nothing else seemed to happen when the beeping started. It shut down normally, poor thing--it takes forever as it is just maxed out with files.
The next morning I booted it up and the beeping started again. I let it run through the setup and shut it down. Have not done anything else since then since I am terrified something will happen and all those data will be fried or something.
I posted the query elsewhere and someone said it was a BIOS message--I checked the beeping codes for AMI [my bios is an older one] and there was not a continuous beeping code.
I noted on this forum that it may be a fan problem so will check that. I just want to be absolutely sure that I have some time to work with it when I AM working with it. I simply have to get those data off there and on to the new one. Please--NO one ask me if I backed up my stuff regularly.
I am just terrified that I will lose years of work plus our financial stuff [that is backed up]
Any suggestions are really appreciated. Will even wait on the fan until I hear. My husband replaced it a couple of years ago and it is working fine. He is very knowledgeable about hardware but neither of us is a techie.
thanks so much