Do you hear an alarm inside your computer?

Question

My computer's internal speaker started making an alarm sound. The computer is running fine. I do not have a virus, but my cd-burner (sony) is not working. It will play cd's but will not recognize empty media. I don't know what the alarm is. I've checked everything, what could it be?

Answer

This question was answered on March 20, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Do you have any system monitoring utilities installed on the system?

Motherboard Monitor, Hardware Doctor etc? If the siren alarm is going off during or after Windows boots, that's probably the problem.

If it goes off as soon as you turn it on or before Windows starts to load then it's a hardware issue.

I you try to install an old ISA audio card into a system, and when the device driver for the card is set to

a specific I/O address something like 110h or 140h Changing to a different I/O address fixed the

problem So it might also be caused by a resource conflict

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Posted by Eramilde of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 20, 2005