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    Default Beep on my desktop PC

    I am not sure if this classifies as a linux issue, a hardware issue or what but now I have a beep that comes every so often on my system.
    Not the start up beep, thats normal but now I get a beep when I actually get into the system.
    I think it might be my motherboard battery, I am not sure.
    Is there any way I can see if my motherboard battery is going or not?
    I dread taking this into the shop like my other computer, those SOB's at the computer shop near me suck ass.

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    Default Re: Beep on my desktop PC

    Doubt it, a dying motherboard battery would slow your CMOS clock down.

    Maybe you just need to silence a few more KDE or GNOME events. Look at the notifications customisation panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken_yap View Post
    Doubt it, a dying motherboard battery would slow your CMOS clock down.

    Maybe you just need to silence a few more KDE or GNOME events. Look at the notifications customisation panel.
    Yes but it does seem my clock is falling behind, there is a lag of a few seconds or so.
    But its always been like this, I always had a little time lag on this computer.
    I know the first sign of a failing battery is the clock but when your clock is always slow it throws a curveball.

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    Default Re: Beep on my desktop PC

    TaraIkeda adjusted his/her AFDB on Thursday 20 Aug 2009 08:56 to write:

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    > ken_yap;2028599 Wrote:
    >> Doubt it, a dying motherboard battery would slow your CMOS clock down.
    >>
    >> Maybe you just need to silence a few more KDE or GNOME events. Look at
    >> the notifications customisation panel.

    >
    > Yes but it does seem my clock is falling behind, there is a lag of a
    > few seconds or so.
    > But its always been like this, I always had a little time lag on this
    > computer.
    > I know the first sign of a failing battery is the clock but when your
    > clock is always slow it throws a curveball.
    >
    >


    You would know if the BIOS battery is gone, the clock would reset to
    something like Jan 1st 00:00 2008 or similar after you switch off and remove
    the power plug for a minute or two.

    as long as it is powered up a bad battery will have no affect at all.

    If your system time is continually running slow then that might be a BIOS
    bug.

    Just as long as you have ntp enabled at boot and your machine syncs every so
    often then your clock should maintain good time and it will sync to the
    hardware clock on shutdown.

    Now as to the beeps, as Ken suggests it could just be a system beep on some
    action, there are to many to list but I have this set on one of my machines
    if any new rss feeds come in on certain feeds.

    Others you might have is a beep on the firewall if logs certain packages
    etc.. etc..,

    Another things to think about could be SMART errors, is this a proper "beep"
    from the speakers or the little system speaker that some mobos have or does
    it sound like it is a little sort of squeal from somewhere inside the box?

    If it is a squeal then it could be that you have SMART enabled in the BIOS
    and it is the hard-drive that is slowly failing and warning you ( SMART is a
    built-in monitor on hard-drives that has the function of checking the disk
    health and making a noise if it is going down )

    It is hard to explain the noise as different drives make different sounds
    the only ones I have heard are from Seagate and that is like a drawn out
    peep as if a mouse is caught in the system but I suppose it will vary.

    I have one drive here that will constantly throw SMART errors if monitored
    through the smart daemon but I know it is 100% OK so I have disabled it in
    BIOS and turned off monitoring in linux.

    By the way if this is a desktop machine a new BIOS battery will cost a
    couple of UK £`s and is only a few screws and 5 secs to replace, no need to
    pay someone to replace a battery, these system builders are all rip off
    merchants ( Oh! I suppose that includes me then ) :-)

    If it is a lappy then you are on your own and at the mercy of someone who
    can confidently open one up and replace it without closing it up and being
    left with a handful of screws and various other components laying on the
    bench afterwards or looking for that bit that went boing and rolled
    somewhere.

    :-)

    YMMV

    HTH

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    Mark
    Caveat emptor
    Nullus in verba
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    Default Re: Beep on my desktop PC

    Thank you, I changed BIOS battery. Beep is stop.

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