Do the beeps start as soon as you turn on the laptop? The number of beeps each represent a specific problem when doing the 'POST'. If you know how many beeps there are it will give a better indication of what the problem is.
Thanks for your reply. The beeps are continuous and last about 30 secs maybe more during which the boot menu loads. If i then start windows normally everything seems fine. I'm just concerned there might be a serious problem which could eventually knacker the laptop completely It's a Compaq CQ60 by the way and roughly a year old. Thanks again for taking the time to reply.