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Windows 7: Three beeps when starting Win 7

11 Mar 2014   #1
larryq22

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
Three beeps when starting Win 7

When I reboot my Windows 7 laptop, not only does it take 90 seconds to connect to the Internet, but when it connects there are 3 quick beeps. What does this mean?


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11 Mar 2014   #2
Fantail

7 x64 | 7 x64
 
 

Sounds like an error with post - bios conflict. Perhaps with hardware. Could be ram - motherboard issues.
Perhaps you recently installed some conflicting drivers. Two stick of ram? - Try removing one and the other and reboot.
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11 Mar 2014   #3
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Do the beeps come right before windows starts or after?

The 90secs could be to many startup programs that don't really need to start when you boot.
Startup Programs - Change See Method 3, you will want to keep anything microsoft, CPU, GPU, or Sound related checked.
If you are unsure post a screenshot of your startup tab from msconfig.

The beeps would depend on the brand of BIOS and motherboard (MB)
Computer POST and beep codes

Usually three beeps mean a problem with the installed memory. Follow fantail's guidance, the RAM contacts may be dirty or loose. Clean with a pencil eraser, check for looseness.
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11 Mar 2014   #4
larryq22

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Anak - the 3 beeps come well after Windows starts, simultaneously when the Internet connects (after 90 sec).

I have very few programs in startup so I don't think that's the problem. I removed a few more through CCleaner but it didn't make much difference in startup time.

How difficult is it to check RAM sticks in a 2008 Dell Laptop? I've never "looked under the hood" in a laptop and don't want to ruin anything since it still works.
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11 Mar 2014   #5
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Strange, A POST beep after you're in Windows. POST's beeps are always during the PowerOnSelfTest.

That might be a beep code from your network interface card (NIC) I'd have to look into that. You might even find a reference to it in the manual at the link below.

Checking the memory doesn't look too hard, there's this:



And I found a manual, https://archive.org/details/dell-man...service-manual because the 1720 is no longer being made I believe. If you want to download it, click on the PDF link in the left panel.

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11 Mar 2014   #6
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Does this happen when you turn your computer's sound off?
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11 Mar 2014   #7
larryq22

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for the manual. I couldn't find anything on the NIC (network interface card) though.

I don't think the 3-beeps happen with the sound muted but I'll check. Stay tuned ...
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11 Mar 2014   #8
larryq22

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

No beeps when sound is muted. Still takes same amount of time to connect.
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11 Mar 2014   #9
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Your welcome.

Has your 1720 seen any rough treatment lately?

I did find:
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Reseat the Network Interface Card. If your computer beeps (POST codes - Power On Self Test) then one of your cards is not seated correctly.

Source, 8th from the bottom: PC Troubleshooting Network Interface Card
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11 Mar 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

How far away is the wireless router/modem etc ?

Are they actually beeps, or is it the device connect sound that windows makes ?
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