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    Exclamation BIOS Virus alert beeps

    Hello,

    When I tried to install linux on this old computer, I get beeping sounds at a particular point in installation. The four beeps are repetitive, and progressively increasing in pitch, and starting all over again.

    I initially thought this could be because of heating of the processor. But I had no problem when I installed Windows 98 SE and Damn Small Linux (DSL) on that computer. The fan on the system works fine.

    I tried to install Kubuntu, Ubuntu and Dreamlinux. I also thought it could be because of the virus warning in the BIOS, which I disabled. However, the problem persists.

    The computer specs - Pentium 2, 350 MHz, 4 GB HDD, 256 MB ram

    I doubt this, but could it be because of insufficient disk space? 4 gb should be sufficient right? Entire 4 gb was given for installation, but even then it beeps.

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    Re: BIOS Virus alert beeps

    Quote Originally Posted by baliganikhil View Post
    Hello,

    When I tried to install linux on this old computer, I get beeping sounds at a particular point in installation. The four beeps are repetitive, and progressively increasing in pitch, and starting all over again.

    I initially thought this could be because of heating of the processor. But I had no problem when I installed Windows 98 SE and Damn Small Linux (DSL) on that computer. The fan on the system works fine.

    I tried to install Kubuntu, Ubuntu and Dreamlinux. I also thought it could be because of the virus warning in the BIOS, which I disabled. However, the problem persists.

    The computer specs - Pentium 2, 350 MHz, 4 GB HDD, 256 MB ram

    I doubt this, but could it be because of insufficient disk space? 4 gb should be sufficient right? Entire 4 gb was given for installation, but even then it beeps.
    Not enough RAM:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...emRequirements
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    Re: BIOS Virus alert beeps

    That wouldn't cause beeps. Anyway 256MB is enough as long as you don't install from the liveCD.

    The alternate install should be fine.

    Anyway, I wouldn't expect BIOS beeps for running out of memory, the description sounds like an overheating warning.

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    Re: BIOS Virus alert beeps

    You might want to go to the BIOS maker's web site and see what the beep codes are for your BIOS.

    Here's an example:

    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixthe...beep-codes.htm

    There are some other helpful links near the bottom of the page.

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    Re: BIOS Virus alert beeps

    Incidentally I was able to install Windows 98. Windows Xp SP2 as well... I was also able to install Damn Small Linux.

    However, when I tried installing Ubuntu 9.04, it said that there was overheating of hard-disk. When I tried installing Dream Linux and 4 older versions of Ubuntu, it was just beeping when the progress bar reached around 62% ... I don't understand how Windows and DSL installed while these couldn't. Is it because of extra pressure put on it during Linux installations?

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