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mobo beeps

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lenny109, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. lenny109

    lenny109 Flightless Bird

    Hi,
    I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to start it I
    get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a 1-2-1-2
    configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?
     
  2. Percival P. Cassidy

    Percival P. Cassidy Flightless Bird

    On 01/23/10 02:37 pm, lenny109 wrote:

    > I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to start it I
    > get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a 1-2-1-2
    > configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?


    Try checking the manual for that specific machine. I'm not sure that
    there's any standard for beep codes.

    Perce
     
  3. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jan 23, 2:37 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to start it I
    > get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a 1-2-1-2
    > configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?


    A Dell PC. Laptop, Desktop, model?

    Look for manuals here:

    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/my_systems_info/manuals?c=us&l=en&s=gen

    Speculation based on limited information:

    1 Short beep - System is operating normally.

    1 Long beep - Memory refresh circuitry has failed which indicates a
    problem with the motherboard. Try reseating the memory DIMM or SIMM
    modules. Make sure if you have added memory that it is rated at the
    correct speed for the system.

    1 Long 2 Short beeps - The video adapter has failed, or the video
    memory is having a read/write failure. Try reseating the video card.
    If the video card is a PCI video card, try moving it to another slot.

    1 Long 3 Short beeps - The system does not detect a monitor. Verify
    that the monitor cable is properly attached to the video card or the
    onboard video and to the monitor (if the monitor has a detachable
    cable). If possible, try another monitor on the system to verify that
    the video adapter is operating properly.

    2 or 3 beeps - There is a problem with the system’s memory. Reseat the
    memory DIMM or SIMM modules.

    4 beeps - This indicates a non-functional timer. This indicates a
    problem with the motherboard.

    5 beeps - This indicates a CPU (Central Processing Unit or processor)
    failure. Try reseating the processor.

    6 beeps - This indicates a keyboard controller failure. Try reseating
    the keyboard connector.

    7 beeps - Another indication of a processor problem. Reseat the
    processor.

    8 beeps - This indicates a video memory read/write failure. Reseat the
    video card (if any) and memory DIMM or SIMM
    modules.

    9 or 10 beeps - This indicates a ROM (Read-Only Memory) checksum error
    or shutdown register failure. This indicates a defective BIOS chip(s).
    Reseat the BIOS chips.
    11 beeps - Indicates an error in the cache memory. If the system has a
    Pentium class processor, reseat the processor. If the system has a
    cache memory module, try reseating it. These beep codes will vary
    depending on the system
     
  4. jinxy

    jinxy Flightless Bird

    On Jan 23, 2:37 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to start it I
    > get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a 1-2-1-2
    > configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?


    You might double check your memory. Try removing and reseating it.
    Sometimes a poor connection will cause problems.
    Also try pulling the CMOS battery for 10 seconds or so, then reseat
    it.
    You can also go to the Dell website and use the FAQ's for your
    system.
    Hope this helps, good luck.
    -J
     
  5. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jan 23, 2:37 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to start it I
    > get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a 1-2-1-2
    > configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?


    Here is another place that may help:

    http://www.bioscentral.com/
     
  6. lenny109

    lenny109 Flightless Bird

    Thanks for the replies. I will reseat the RAM and the graphics card. In fact
    this machine has an external graphics card and a built in one so I will
    remove one.
    "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> wrote in message
    news:-5idnZUnqP27zcbWnZ2dnUVZ7vqdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    > Hi,
    > I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to start it
    > I get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a
    > 1-2-1-2 configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?
    >
     
  7. Al

    Al Flightless Bird

    Beep codes are specific for the installed BIOS. Some codes are identical -
    for instance the single beep at boot means a successful "POST" - Power on
    self test. The codes for your computer should be available at Dell
    support.
     
  8. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 23 Jan 2010 11:59:52 -0800 (PST), jinxy
    <willandsue@rogers.com> wrote:

    >On Jan 23, 2:37 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >> I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to start it I
    >> get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a 1-2-1-2
    >> configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?

    >
    > You might double check your memory. Try removing and reseating it.
    >Sometimes a poor connection will cause problems.
    > Also try pulling the CMOS battery for 10 seconds or so, then reseat
    >it.


    Before he does this, I think he should look at the bios settings to
    remind himself if he customized any, and what he did, so he can do it
    again after the defaults are restored (by removing the battery).

    > You can also go to the Dell website and use the FAQ's for your
    >system.
    > Hope this helps, good luck.
    >-J
     
  9. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Jose wrote:
    > On Jan 23, 2:37 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >> I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to start it I
    >> get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a 1-2-1-2
    >> configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?

    >
    > Here is another place that may help:
    >
    > http://www.bioscentral.com/


    I even found a page with Dell beep codes, but 1-2-1-2 isn't there.

    http://www.bioscentral.com/postcodes/dellbios.htm

    Phoenix beep codes have four digit values, but again, the 1-2-1-2
    "Load alternative registers with initial POST values" isn't meaningful.

    http://www.bioscentral.com/beepcodes/phoenixbeep.htm

    Some Dell boxes have four diagnostic LEDs and if there is a code
    showing on the four LEDs, you can look that up and get a better answer.
    The Dell web page for one of those computers, will have a document
    with a table of values.

    Paul
     
  10. David B.

    David B. Flightless Bird

    How exactly do you review your BIOS settings if the PC won't POST?

    --


    --
    "mm" <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
    news:kosml5dbv0kaol0qsmcersk97hbk5p24n2@4ax.com...
    > On Sat, 23 Jan 2010 11:59:52 -0800 (PST), jinxy
    > <willandsue@rogers.com> wrote:
    >
    >>On Jan 23, 2:37 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    >>> Hi,
    >>> I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to start
    >>> it I
    >>> get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a
    >>> 1-2-1-2
    >>> configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?

    >>
    >> You might double check your memory. Try removing and reseating it.
    >>Sometimes a poor connection will cause problems.
    >> Also try pulling the CMOS battery for 10 seconds or so, then reseat
    >>it.

    >
    > Before he does this, I think he should look at the bios settings to
    > remind himself if he customized any, and what he did, so he can do it
    > again after the defaults are restored (by removing the battery).
    >
    >> You can also go to the Dell website and use the FAQ's for your
    >>system.
    >> Hope this helps, good luck.
    >>-J

    >
     
  11. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:%23KpmDuEoKHA.4628@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl,
    David B. <mail@nomail.net> typed:
    > How exactly do you review your BIOS settings if the PC won't POST?


    The beeps come from the BIOS checks and whether it's the POST or not I'm not
    sure of, but if youy get error beeps, there is nothing to indicate that POST
    ran or didn't run. It probably is the POST, but many would think it didn't
    run because the beeps happen almost as fast as you turn on the power switch.
    I'd say it's a minor detail that doesn't matter to anything.

    A trip to the computer mfr's website usually will tellyou what the beeps
    mean; e.g. which piece of hardware is likely having problems.

    HTH,

    Twayne




    >
    > --
    >
    >
    >> On Sat, 23 Jan 2010 11:59:52 -0800 (PST), jinxy
    >> <willandsue@rogers.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Jan 23, 2:37 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    >>>> Hi,
    >>>> I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to
    >>>> start it I
    >>>> get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a
    >>>> 1-2-1-2
    >>>> configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?
    >>>
    >>> You might double check your memory. Try removing and reseating it.
    >>> Sometimes a poor connection will cause problems.
    >>> Also try pulling the CMOS battery for 10 seconds or so, then reseat
    >>> it.

    >>
    >> Before he does this, I think he should look at the bios settings to
    >> remind himself if he customized any, and what he did, so he can do it
    >> again after the defaults are restored (by removing the battery).
    >>
    >>> You can also go to the Dell website and use the FAQ's for your
    >>> system.
    >>> Hope this helps, good luck.
    >>> -J
     
  12. David B.

    David B. Flightless Bird

    Why are you telling me? I know what the beeps are for.

    Let me help you understand, the OP said "I have a Dell PC that has suddenly
    stopped working. When I try to start it I
    get nothing except a series of beeps".

    mm came up with the ingenious idea to check the BIOS "I think he should look
    at the bios settings to
    remind himself if he customized any"

    I was asking mm how the OP would access and review his BIOS settings if the
    PC does not POST.

    --


    --
    "Twayne" <nobody@spamcop.net> wrote in message
    news:-OrlRciQoKHA.4836@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > In news:%23KpmDuEoKHA.4628@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl,
    > David B. <mail@nomail.net> typed:
    >> How exactly do you review your BIOS settings if the PC won't POST?

    >
    > The beeps come from the BIOS checks and whether it's the POST or not I'm
    > not sure of, but if youy get error beeps, there is nothing to indicate
    > that POST ran or didn't run. It probably is the POST, but many would think
    > it didn't run because the beeps happen almost as fast as you turn on the
    > power switch. I'd say it's a minor detail that doesn't matter to anything.
    >
    > A trip to the computer mfr's website usually will tellyou what the beeps
    > mean; e.g. which piece of hardware is likely having problems.
    >
    > HTH,
    >
    > Twayne
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >>
    >>> On Sat, 23 Jan 2010 11:59:52 -0800 (PST), jinxy
    >>> <willandsue@rogers.com> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> On Jan 23, 2:37 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    >>>>> Hi,
    >>>>> I have a Dell PC that has suddenly stopped working. When I try to
    >>>>> start it I
    >>>>> get nothing except a series of beeps. It sounds like 6 beeps in a
    >>>>> 1-2-1-2
    >>>>> configuration or it could be 3 beeps twice. What does that mean?
    >>>>
    >>>> You might double check your memory. Try removing and reseating it.
    >>>> Sometimes a poor connection will cause problems.
    >>>> Also try pulling the CMOS battery for 10 seconds or so, then reseat
    >>>> it.
    >>>
    >>> Before he does this, I think he should look at the bios settings to
    >>> remind himself if he customized any, and what he did, so he can do it
    >>> again after the defaults are restored (by removing the battery).
    >>>
    >>>> You can also go to the Dell website and use the FAQ's for your
    >>>> system.
    >>>> Hope this helps, good luck.
    >>>> -J

    >
    >
     

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