Alert from CNET Staff

 Attention forum users:  We want you to try out the new CNET forums platform! Click here to read the details. Thanks!

Laptop troubleshooting forum: Toshiba Satellite A135 makes loud beeps (alarm) at startup

by: bluepeas August 23, 2009 7:57 PM PDT

Like this

0 people like this thread

Staff pick

Toshiba Satellite A135 makes loud beeps (alarm) at startup

by bluepeas - 8/23/09 7:57 PM

I have a Toshiba Satellite A135 S4528 laptop that makes a loud beeping noise when I try to turn it on. I am running 32-bit Vista.

Here is a video of what happens:

I am able to press F2 to access the BIOS settings. (I think that is what I'm accessing). If I remain there for a while, the fan powers on as normal. This makes me think it's not a fan problem.

I tried replacing the RAM, but it didn't make a difference.

Eventually, I am able to boot up my system, but I don't know what fixes the situation. I just wait a while, try multiple times and eventually it boots normally. I never leave the PC on to see what happens if I leave it alone, as the sound is quite alarming and makes me think I should turn it off immediately. The last time the beeping started, I pressed F2 during the beeps and the OS then booted. Was it because I pressed F2 or was this just a coincidence? I've shut it down only once since then and upon powering on was able to successfully boot, so haven't had a chance to test this F2 button further.

I have had other problems with this laptop, but I don't know if they are related to this loud alarm and failure to start.

Other problems:

1) The fan on this machine has become very loud, but as far as I know cools the computer just fine. The computer has never shut down on me after becoming too hot. But could heat damage have occurred during the one-and-a-half years it has been noisy?

2) Since I purchased this machine, I have gone through five or six AC adapters. I don't know if my computer somehow breaks them or if Toshiba continually makes faulty adapters.

3) Recently, on occasion my computer thinks I am holding down the left arrow key. Pressing the Ctrl button immediately remedies this.

I can't find the beep codes for this laptop, but do they apply? This seems to be more of an alarm than a beep code.

The fan seems to work, the battery is fine, the RAM is okay, so could the alarm indicate a motherboard problem or a failing hard drive? If so, how do I check their health?

If anyone knows what the beeping means I would appreciate your advice.

Forum Icon Legend

  • UnreadUnread
  • ReadRead
  • Locked threadLocked thread
  • ModeratorModerator
  • CNET StaffCNET Staff
  • Samsung StaffSamsung Staff
  • Norton Authorized Support TeamNorton Authorized Support Team
  • AVG StaffAVG Staff
  • avast! Staffavast! Staff
  • Webroot Support TeamWebroot Support Team
  • Acer Customer Experience TeamAcer Customer Experience Team
  • Windows Outreach TeamWindows Outreach Team
  • DISH staffDISH staff
  • Dell StaffDell Staff
  • Intel StaffIntel Staff
  • QuestionQuestion
  • Resolved questionResolved question
  • General discussionGeneral discussion
  • TipTip
  • Alert or warningAlert or warning
  • PraisePraise
  • RantRant

You are e-mailing the following post: Post Subject

Your e-mail address is used only to let the recipient know who sent the e-mail and in case of transmission error. Neither your address nor the recipient's address will be used for any other purpose.

Sorry, there was a problem emailing this post. Please try again.

Submit Email Cancel

Thank you. Sent email to


Thank you. Sent email to


You are reporting the following post: Post Subject

If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language

Spam: Advertisements or commercial links

Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users

Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content

Sorry, there was a problem submitting your post. Please try again.

Submit Report Cancel

Your message has been submitted and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.


Your message has been submitted and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.


You are posting a reply to: Post Subject

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to the CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to CBS Interactive Site Terms of Use.

You are currently tracking this discussion. Click here to manage your tracked discussions.

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

Sorry, there was a problem submitting your post. Please try again.

Sorry, there was a problem generating the preview. Please try again.

Duplicate posts are not allowed in the forums. Please edit your post and submit again.

Submit Reply Preview Cancel

Thank you, , your post has been submitted and will appear on our site shortly.