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    AMI Bios Beep Codes

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    AMI Bios Beep Codes

    Post  Peppies™ on 29th June 2010, 18:27

    1 Short Beep -One beep is good! Everything is ok, that is if you see things on the screen. If you don't
    see anything, check your monitor and video card first. Is everything connected? If they seem fine, your
    motherboard has some bad chips on it. First reset the SIMM's and reboot. If it does the same thing,
    one of the memory chips on the motherboard are bad, and you most likely need to get another
    motherboard since these chips are soldered on.

    2 Short Beeps -Your computer has memory problems. First check video. If video is working, you'll see
    an error message. If not, you have a parity error in your first 64K of memory. First check your
    SIMM's. Reseat them and reboot. If this doesn't do it, the memory chips may be bad. You can try
    switching the first and second banks memory chips. First banks are the memory banks that your CPU
    finds its first 64K of base memory in. You'll need to consult your manual to see which bank is first. If all
    your memory tests good, you probably need to buy another motherboard.

    3 Short Beeps -Basically the same thing as 2 beeps. Follow that diagnosis above
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    4 Short Beeps -Basically the same thing as 2 beeps. Follow that diagnosis above. It could also be a
    bad timer

    5 Short Beeps -Your motherboard is complaining. Try reseating the memory and rebooting. If that
    doesn't help, you should consider another motherboard. You could probably get away with just
    replacing the CPU, but that's not too cost-effective. Its just time to upgrade!

    6 Short Beeps -The chip on your motherboard that controls your keyboard (A20 gate) isn't working.
    First try another keyboard. If it doesn't help, reseat the chip that controls the keyboard, if it isn't
    soldered in. If it still beeps, replace the chip if possible. Replace the motherboard if it is soldered in.

    7 Short Beeps-Your CPU broke overnight. Its no good. Either replace the CPU, or buy another
    motherboard.

    8 Short Beeps -Your video card isn't working. Make sure it is seated well in the bus. If it still beeps,
    either the whole card is bad or the memory on it is. Best bet is to install another video card.

    9 Short Beeps -Your BIOS is bad. Reseat or Replace the BIOS.

    10 Short Beep-Your problem lies deep inside the CMOS. All chips associated with the CMOS will
    likely have to be replaced. Your best bet is to get a new motherboard.

    11 Short Beep-Your problem is in the Cache Memory chips on the motherboard. Reseat or Replace
    these chips.

    1 Long, 3 Short Beeps -You've probably just added memory to the motherboard since this is a
    conventional or extended memory failure. Generally this is caused by a memory chip that is not seated
    properly. Reseat the memory chips.

    1 Long, 8 Short Beeps -Display / retrace test failed. Reseat the video card.


    Phoenix BIOS Beep Codes

    These audio codes are a little more detailed then the AMI codes. This BIOS emits three sets of beeps.
    For example, 1 -pause- 3 -pause 3 -pause. This is a 1-3-3 combo and each set of beeps is separated
    by a brief pause. Listen to this sequence of sounds, count them, and reboot and count again if you have
    to.


    1-1-3 -Your computer can't read the configuration info stored in the CMOS. Replace the
    motherboard.

    1-1-4 -Your BIOS needs to be replaced.

    1-2-1 -You have a bad timer chip on the motherboard. You need a new motherboard.

    1-2-2 -The motherboard is bad.

    1-2-3 -The motherboard is bad.

    1-3-1 -You'll need to replace the motherboard.

    1-3-3 -You'll need to replace the motherboard.

    1-3-4 -The motherboard is bad.

    1-4-1 -The motherboard is bad.

    1-4-2 -Some of your memory is bad.

    2_ -Any combo of beeps after two means that some of your memory is bad, and unless you want to
    get real technical, you should probably have the guys in the lab coats test the memory for you. Take it
    to the shop.

    3-1-_ -One of the chips on your motherboard is broken. You'll likely need to get another board.

    3-2-4 -One of the chips on your motherboard that checks the keyboard is broken. You'll likely need to
    get another board.

    3-3-4-Your computer can't find the video card. Is it there? If so, try swapping it with another one and
    see if it works.

    3-4-_ -Your video card isn't working. You'll need to replace it.

    4-2-1-There's a bad chip on the motherboard. You need to buy another board.

    4-2-2-First check the keyboard for problems. If nothing, you have a bad motherboard.

    4-2-3-Same as 4-2-2.

    4-2-4 -One of the cards is bad. Try yanking out the cards one by one to isolate the culprit. Replace the
    bad one. The last possibility is to buy another motherboard.

    4-3-1-Replace the motherboard.

    4-3-2-See 4-3-1

    4-3-3-See 4-3-1

    4-3-4-Time of day clock failure. Try running the setup program that comes with the computer. Check
    the date and time. If that doesn't work, replace the battery. If that doesn't work, replace the power
    supply. You may have to replace the motherboard, but that is rare.

    4-4-1 -Your serial ports are acting up. Reseat, or replace, the I/O card. If the I/O is on the
    motherboard itself, disable them with a jumper (consult your manual to know which one) and then add
    an I/O card.

    4-4-2-See 4-4-1, but this time is your Parallel port that's acting up.

    4-4-3 -You math coprocessor is having problems. Run a test program to double-check it. If it is indeed
    bad, disable it, or replace it.

    Low 1-1-2 -Your motherboard is having problems

    Low 1-1-3 -This is an Extended CMOS RAM problem, check your motherboard battery, and
    motherboard.


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