beep code formats are the most common, and will be covered here. If you don't know who made
your BIOS, you can consult the manual for your motherboard. If you don't have a manual, simply
take off the case and look. Once you find the BIOS chip(s), just look at the sticker on it and see if it
says "AMI" or "Phoenix".
Normally, a computer with AMI BIOS doesn't bother with beeps. It willflash a nice little error
message right across your screen. Its when the video card isn't working or something rather serious
goes wrong that your computer will start beeping.
You're supposed to hear at least one beep. If you truly don't hear
anything, either your computer's power supply, motherboard, or PC
speaker is no good.
SystemRA M Refresh failure. Your programmable interrupt timer on your motherboard has failed. It could also be your interrupt controller, but either way, your motherboard will need to be replaced to fix it.
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. Check your SIMMs. Reseat them and reboot. If
this doesn't do it, the memory chips may be bad. You can try switching
the first and second bank memory chips. First banks are the memory
banks in which yourCPU finds its first 64K of base memory. You'll need
to consult your manual to see which bank is first. If all of your memory
tests good, you probably need to buy another motherboard.
The chip on your motherboard that controls your keyboard isn't working.
First, try another keyboard. If that 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. The chip is erroring in the gate A20 switch that allows
the system to run in virtual mode. Replace the motherboard if the chip is
Your CPU has generated an exception error. This could be a fault of the CPU or a combination of problems with the motherboard. Try replacing the motherboard.
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. Your best bet is to install another video card.
ROM checksum error. This means that the checksum error checking value does not match
the content of the BIOS ROM. This means the BIOS ROM is probably bad, and needs to be
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
Your L2 cache memory is bad and your computer disabled it for you. You could reactivate it by pressing -Ctrl- -Alt- -Shift- -+- , but you probably shouldn't. Instead, replace your L2 cache memory. Obviously, this could lead to outright motherboard replacement.
Phoenix beep codes are more detailed than are the AMI codes. It 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. So, you need to listen and count when your computer starts doing this. Reboot and
recount if you have to.
Any combination of beeps after two means that some of your memory is bad, and unless you want to getre a l technical, you should probably have the guys in the lab coats test the memory for you. Take your computer to the shop.
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