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Hi, I have a Dell Dimension 8400, Its probably just over a year old, and ever since i bought it, I upgraded the video card to a radeon x800 xt.

Just recently when im playing games, the cpu speaker beeps continuously (1 or 2 second intervals), once it has even shut itself down (I assume this is the cut off point on the thermostat).

As its a Dell im sure upgrading components isnt as simple as it should be (maybe not, guessing).

So where should I start? Ive seen some PCI coolers, which is just a fan on a PCI card which could fit under my gcard, would this be best solution? or maybe a better fan on the cpu would be more efficient?

I completely new to cooling solutions so please dont take anything for guaranted when replying please, thanks

EDIT: Btw im not overclocking anything on my system at the moment.
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Check your processor fan, case fans, all fans.. Anything that turns.

Probably the most common issues I have seen in deploying a few thousand Dell desktops.

These things have a pretty crazy cooling for proc on an OEM system. It is probably failing. (Cheap heat pipe dealie.. You can replace it.. Make sure you get good thermal paste and clean up the previous thermal pad)
Also, make sure you get on latest BIOS - they have fan controller issues also that are sometimes fixed with that.

As to PCI - make sure you check airflow. Adding a PCI blower (blows air out of case) over a GPU cooler (if it sucks air in) might not do much good.

If you have the 3 year coverage, call Dell..

Do not let this continue. You will lose the proc.
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Thanks for the reply.

I checked the fans etc already and they are all working, the exhaust fan seems to be quite noisey sometimes tho and about a month ago it did fail, but i opened up the case and gave it a little spin and it worked again.

I have a temp fix at the moment, i have my case jared open and it seems to stop it over heating, obviously need to sort something out very soon.

Does anybody know if its possible to remove that big side DELL circle thing on the side of a case? it seems to be a seperate part from the whole chasis. I could put some mesh over that if i could and give my dog a new frisbie.
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Search around on that fan problem. It is *very* common.

Often, a BIOS update + replacing heat sink + sometimes replacing fan gets it back to a happy state.
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Hmm ok, ive done the following

1. updated bios
2. installed a PCI exhaust fan, under the graphics card

RESULT: still beeping!

From further investigations i found the following tho.... IMMEDIATELY after i alt+tab out of a game the beeping stops. This is INSTANT. wouldnt it take time for the cpu to cool down?

Also... I recently did a fresh intall of windows, and consequently did a dirver update on my ati card. since doing that the beeping is a regular one, once every second or so like mentioned above, but before the new drivers it beeped once every 5 mins or so (approx). Could it be the ati card beeping? ive tried to listen but i cant really tell.
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Originally Posted by ljcasey
Hi, I have a Dell Dimension 8400, Its probably just over a year old, and ever since i bought it, I upgraded the video card to a radeon x800 xt.

Just recently when im playing games, the cpu speaker beeps continuously (1 or 2 second intervals), once it has even shut itself down (I assume this is the cut off point on the thermostat).

As its a Dell im sure upgrading components isnt as simple as it should be (maybe not, guessing).

So where should I start? Ive seen some PCI coolers, which is just a fan on a PCI card which could fit under my gcard, would this be best solution? or maybe a better fan on the cpu would be more efficient?

I completely new to cooling solutions so please dont take anything for guaranted when replying please, thanks

EDIT: Btw im not overclocking anything on my system at the moment.
hey, I just saw your thread. I have a cardfan that was designed for your computer. I used it whan I upgraded the gfx card in my Dell 8400 (had it for a couple months before I gave it to my parents) but it's for sale in the for sale section. there's a link in my sig. I'm headed out now, but I'll look back when I get home if you have any other questions.
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You mean like another PCI card fan? But ive just installed one and it makes no difference, which leads me to think maybe its not airflow that is a problem?

The thing that puzzles me most is and is probably the biggewst clue to the problem...is...why did the beeping frequency change when i updated my ati drivers, from once every 5mins or so, to once every other second?
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Just for anyone whos interested, i rolled back my drivers to version catalyst 5.5....problem solved. I dont know what was going on, but atleast its not beeping anymore.
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You mean like another PCI card fan? But ive just installed one and it makes no difference, which leads me to think maybe its not airflow that is a problem?

The thing that puzzles me most is and is probably the biggewst clue to the problem...is...why did the beeping frequency change when i updated my ati drivers, from once every 5mins or so, to once every other second?

no, it's not just another card slot fan. it is actually a blower that mounts on the side of your case. yes, it works like a card slot fan exhausting the hot air out the back of the case, but it is much more efficient because you don't loose any pci slots and it doen't have a thickness requirement so it can push more air. Also it plugs directly into the motherboard so it doesn't really add extra sound because the motherboard controlls it, so it only spins fast when it needs to.

I'm glad you got your system fixed, but it is always a good idea to have good airflow, especially if you've upgraded your graphics to something more powerful than your case was originally designed to fit.
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