I think I've been hearing my new (2010) Mac Pro beep occasionally!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Bonfire, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Bonfire macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    I bought my Mac Pro about 5 months ago. For the past 2 months, however, I have been hearing single BEEPs -- not at startup, just during idle time when my Mac Pro is sitting there like normal. It happens sometimes once a week, other times every few days. This is odd, because it's not like the normal "alert beeps" that occur at startup, alerting of a RAM seating problem, etc.

    The beep noise itself is one beep -- it sounds like an actual (intended) beep by it's frequency, almost like an older computer (circa 1990s) when you start it up. I've heard some of the hard drive beeping videos on youtube, but many of those are not very fluid beeps -- more like high frequencies caused by spinning discs. This is a real beep.

    One theory I have is that it isn't my Mac Pro, but my PS3, Xbox360, Apogee Duet, or a running watch that sits near the Mac Pro. But the more and more I think about it, the more I suspect the Mac Pro.

    Can someone please shine some possible light on this? It's driving me nuts! Plus, if there's something messed up and my MP is trying to alert me, I want to know.
  2. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2011
    Somewhere in Cyberspace
    hmm.. have you tried to reset the PRAM or even SMU? Please enclose a sample of what this sounds like, so that I can get a better understanding of how to troubleshoot it.

    Also, have you Apple Service Diagnostic or Apple Hardware Test? You will find AHT on your install disc number 2.
  3. handheldgames macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2009
    Pacific NW, USA
    Be careful.. Those beeps could be your hard disk speaking it's last words...

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