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Alarm on boot (PC)

Have Intel P4 2.60 GHz with MSI SiS 661FX MOBO S/V/L and 1GB RAM. Have two hard drives, a CD R/W and DVD R/W, a ZIP and 3.54 floppy drive. Extra drives supported by a Promise ULTRA 133.
Been using PC for years without problem. Recently retired and moved from Houston to North Texas farm. Now when booting get 7 seconds of tone followed by 4 seconds of silence (repeats). Normal boot messages do not appear. O/S does not boot (W2K Pro).
Have checked connections, reseated daughter cards, currently clueless as to what the promise or solution might be.
Help greatly appreciated.

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    Keith Brown Jun 19, 2009

    Thank you for the info... Also received a similar answer from Great Britain on June 15/16. Much appreciated.

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The repeated tone and silent intervals is a way the motherboard has to communicate that there is a problem with a hardware component.
Every motherboard has its own "language" and the sequence of beeps and silent means different things among brands.
Look into the manual, to find out the meaning.

Sometimes a faulty memory module may induce a computer to act as you described.
To make a quick test, remove the memory and start the pc without it.
If the tone and silent are the same, then clean the memory slot from dust, reset the memory in place, and try again.
If still no behavior's change....then you should get a new memory module.
Good luck

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