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Alarm goes off when it starts up

MY IBM Netvisa Model 8307 tower computer SOUNDS AN ALARM SOMETIMES WHEN I START IT UP SOUNDS LIKE A SMOKE DETECTOR THEN I SHUT IT OFF UNLESS I WAIT ABOUT 30 MINUTES OR SO IT WILL KEEP ON WITH THE ALARM BUT I DID NOTE THAT EVEN WHEN THE ALARM IS SOUNDING IT DOES BOOT UP TO WINDOWS XP SO I'M THINKING THAT IF I KNEW WHERE AND HOW TO FIND THE ALARM PERHAPS I COULD JUST TURN IT OFF...PLEASE ADVISE IF POSSIBLE HOW AND WHERE I FIND THE ALARM ON /OFF BUTTON AND HOW DO I GET THERE
AND PLEASE DON'T SAY ...BY CAB...
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP....RALPH
ralphnadolny@sbcglobal.net

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The alarm is a BIOS alarm. It is warning you of either a cooling fan failure or the processor getting too hot. Either way, you need to fix the problem, not just ignore it!

I would check that all the fans are running correctly and would also recommend that you give the insides of your computer case a clean out - you'll be amazed at how much dust can build up in there! This may well cure the problem.

If it is a processor temperature alarm, rather than turning it off, you may want to adjust it so it doesn't sound until a higher temp. is reached. You can adjust this from the BIOS screen, but I would check the maximum temp. that your processor is designed to run at before doing so.

To get to the BIOS screen to turn it off, press the delete key (repeatedly) while the machine is booting.

I can't tell you exactly when to find it in the BIOS, as this can vary from one computer to the next. Just navigate you way around until you find the relevant section.

**** WARNING ****

Changing settings in the BIOS can affect the computers performance, prevent it from starting, or even cause permanent damage to hardware. Unless you know exactly what you're doing, I wouldn't recommend changing things!

Hope this helps,

Matt

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