I built a computer 6 months ago with the following parts:
RAM=MUSHKIN 996580 DII800 (XP2-6400) 8Gb
POWER SUPPLY=Corsair 620HX
HARD DRIVES=2 ea Western Digital 750Gb SATA
HARD DRIVE= 1 ea Western Digital 640Gb SATA
DVD BURNER=2 ea LG GH20NS15 20X SATA
VIDEO CARD=VGA GIGABYTE GV-RX385512H HD3850
It had been running fine but this morning when I booted it went through the preliminaries, got to the point where it loads the Acronis op system loader & then emitted one long continuous beep.
So far I've reseated the video card (no help) reset the bios to failsafe defaults (no help) & tried booting from a floppy (boots up ok to DOS).
I thought I noticed a slight slowdown yesterday when I was compiling video but dont know if it was significant, the system monitor showed all 4 cpu's with load when I think normally it only shows one under load. The total cpu load showed only about 28% however. Memory usage was negligible as I recall.
I think both short and prox are right with their ideas. Reading the link that shortstuff posted can really help eliminiate a bunch of problems. So make sure to read through all of the bullets.
I do however thing that that is a heat alarm. I've seen some motherboards coming with them now (I think its a good idea). Check to see if all your fans are still spinning. Does anything smell like its burning? Are there any visual clues inside your case? Is anything seem extremely hot?
would a heat alarm stop it from loading the op system? I'm starting to get a little puzzled cause all the discs I put in seem to boot ok (dos floppy, acronis boot cd, memtest 86 cd-which passed, ultimate boot cd).
the beep starts just when it sez its going to load acronis, after listing all the pci stuff & doing a dmi check or something.