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to be more specific. You have to time YOUR device first, and not assume they all beep at 2 minutes which is what I think you thought I was saying. That's why I suggested a stop watch. They are used to time things. I assumed people would realize they had to measure the time between the two beeps on their *own* device, and not some guy on the net looking for an as-yet unknown device. You can never be too specific for Usenet, I guess.
Most of the devices I've had to hunt for were *remarkably* punctual. Can you name some devices that are random to the point of not being able to take one "time test" and then use it to predict the next occurrence of a low battery beep? That's NEVER been the case for me. In fact, most are either 30 secs or 1 minute.
Most of these timers depend on an RC circuit charging/discharging. While that sort of timing drifts too much over time to make a reliable clock, the 30 to 120 sec intervals involved with smoke alarms and low battery alerts have been quite repeatable and predictable, at least as far as my locating them is concerned.
But I imagine there could be some exceptions and if you've run across some, I'd like to know about them because they would certainly be the odd stand outs and not what you would expect.
Next time you have a low-battery situation where something's beeping, take out your stop watch and measure the time it takes between two beeps. I'm pretty sure you'll find that the cycle is repeatable enough for the unit to beep within a second or two of its previous chiming (unless the room temperature is changing at something like 10 degrees a minute). Being able to anticipate the next beep precisely makes locating the errant unit far easier than standing around simply waiting for it. Try it. You'll see.
-- Bobby G.
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FWIW, it must have been a low battery because after about three days, it has stopped completely. Either that or my wife was right and the guy we are renting the condo from got in while we were out and changed the battery on the webcam in our bedroom (grin).
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sigh............
Like others here, I guess I didn't make myself clear, so I will try one more time .............
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HTH, but I doubt it.
Steve
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Robert Green wrote:
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try that next time something starts beeping.
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Have you tried following the sound? That might work.
Steve
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Are you over-weight? Maybe this happens when you back-up?! ;-)
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You win the prize of the funniest post of the day.. :-)
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How about a live cricket?
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On 1/25/2011 7:05 AM, Bob Villa wrote:

Excellent reply!
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On Jan 25, 9:11am, "Stormin Mormon"

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The last one that drove me crazy was a Oregon Scientific remote thermometer that sits 4 feet from my head on my bad ear side. It had the very faintest of alarms on it. By the time I heard it, determined it wasn't tinnitus, and went looking for it, it had stopped. After a month or two I noticed that it always happened during the news. Then that it started at 6:18. . . . took a day or two to remember that there was a clock [and calendar] on the damn thermometer. The bottom button turns the alrm on and off--
Crap.
Jim
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Kurt Ullman wrote:

I had the same problem. Turned out to be an oral digital thermometer in the kitchen drawer. Sometimes these things drive you crazy. Sometimes it' the TV.
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