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Homemade PC beeping constantly

I built a computer out of an Intel SE440BX-2 motherboard that I picked up at a garage sale. I put it together using parts I had around my house, and installed Windows ME on it. I found an old, generic PS/2 mouse and a Gateway Anykey programmable keyboard from an older computer and used them.
It worked fine for a while, and now every time I use that keyboard, the computer starts up, but the keyboard won't initialize and doesn't respond when I press any of its keys. On top of that, whenever I move the mouse, it emits a steady stream of short beeps. Sometimes it'll open about twenty windows explorer windows, too. It's really weird. I think I've heard that computers will do that when there's a stuck key on the keyboard, but the keyboard's fine. Although, one key does seem to have had something spilled into it. Any ideas as to what the problem is?

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  • rusbus Feb 16, 2009

    I've already seen that website, and I still don't know what's wrong. It's just not enough info. Thanks a lot, though! I appreciate it!

  • rusbus Feb 16, 2009

    Oh, it's not only in the BIOS that it beeps. It also does that once I've entered Windows.

  • rusbus Feb 17, 2009

    Oh, I have tried other keyboards, and they work, but I really like that one a lot. And it's the only one I don't have to steal from another computer.

  • rusbus Feb 17, 2009

    That's a problem, because this keyboard is nearly impossible to disassemble completely. I can't access the spot beneath the key I'm worried about. There's a big cover over the keys that has little heat staked tabs on the bottom of the keyboard. The only way I can figure to open it would be to drill those out, but then I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to assemble it again.

  • rusbus Feb 17, 2009

    Come to think of it, I forgot to mention that the keyboard works fine on its original computer. It just doesn't work on my homemade one.



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  • Thomas F. Schneider Feb 17, 2009

    You have tried another keyboard?

  • Thomas F. Schneider Feb 17, 2009

    Seems you alread know the problem is in the keyboard,and most likely the key that you seem to say sticks. Remove the key, clean under it with a cotton swab and isopropyl alcohol while holding the keyboard upside down.



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