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Please help - 1st boot-up : Beeping


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nikorasu

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Just turned on my comp for the first time, and it was beeping a bunch. I didn't wait to see what was happening on-screen. I just turned it off. It sounded like an alaram - 4 rapid beeps, half second pause, 4 rapid beeps...

Does anyone know if this indicates any specific problem? I really hope all my hardwares ok :whistling:
I'm scared to turn it back on.. I don't want anything to get damaged.
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You should have a beep code list in your manual. Also specs will be needed before anything can proceed.
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Ok, system specs:

Mobo - Asus P5SD2-X
CPU - P4 506 2.66ghz
Mem - PC5300 667mhz
hdd - Hitachia 7K80 80g SATA II

There wasn't any beep code in my manual, and I haven't been able to find anything on ASUS's site, or by googling. Before I go through tech support, I thought I'd see if anyone here could help. Tech support is always a hassle..
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I cant find your beep code either, do you know what bios it is you have, (another reason why i dont like asus added to the list lack of beep codes in mauals).

Have you tried the asus forums they might have a link to the list of codes or be able to tell you the bios, beep codes indicate errors and you can use them to isolate faults but they are useless without the beep code list.

I would turn it on though, you wont damage it if it can detect an error the board will protect itself if its power and anything else would just cause a failed boot, it could just be the startup check beeps not having an asus board i dont know what those are but most boards have a startup normally beep although its usually not so alarming just a single beep or two. Try it though you might gain some idea as to what is wrong if youre lucky you will get an error message on screen.

The fact that the board beeps would make me think the board itself is ok if the board breaks it usually wont beep. Which would leave it down to memory, graphics card or CPU. If the forums cant help you and its new tech support is a good bet because they will have the proper documentation for the beep codes hopefully, Asus tech support is supposed to be fairly good(it has to be it must be busy lately)
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I'll see if anything appears on screen. Oh ya, I tried the ASUS forums, but either got '404!' or just an endless loading... I guess I'll see what it can tell me, and I guess I'll try tech support. It's not so much hating tech support, I just hate reading off serial #'s on the phone and all.

Part of the problem is I don't even know what kind of BIOS this board has. It's sad that I don't know my own BIOS.. :\

Thanks for your time and help :whistling:
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Hmm thats weird my manual came with a beep code list. Anyway, when posting BIOS the first thing you should hear is the beeps then it posts. Id say try starting it back up and see if it posts, if it doesnt then youve got a problem. Then go to usa.asus.com, support, technical inquiry, Simply write them saying you need a beep code list. Theyll e-mail it to you. Its not hard at all.
But, before you do all that, go back to the manual MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS HOOKED UP PROPERLY. Basically, double check yourself.
And 1 more thing personally I have never had ANY problems with asus support, they have been prompt in resolving any issues Ive had.
-P.
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Ya, I'm gonna check tech support now... but now I have a different problem. I checked over connections and stuff, now there's no beeping. I get no video now... now that I think of it, I don't even get a beep, so I dunno if it's even running (other than fans...). I probably screwed up my mobo somehow I guess.

But I'll give tech support a shot, maybe they can fix it for me.. one can always hope.

Thanks for the advice and info :whistling:

EDIT:
arg.. ASUS's forum and tech support both don't work. I either get a 404! or some error page that's mostly chinese... -_-
So I guess I'll try phoning them, rather than the inquiry..

Edited by nikorasu, 27 April 2006 - 10:10 AM.

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Here this may help

AMI Beep Codes

Beep Code Meaning
1 beep DRAM refresh failure. There is a problem in the system memory or the motherboard.
2 beeps Memory parity error. The parity circuit is not working properly.
3 beeps Base 64K RAM failure. There is a problem with the first 64K of system memory.
4 beeps System timer not operational. There is problem with the timer(s) that control functions on the motherboard.
5 beeps Processor failure. The system CPU has failed.
6 beeps Gate A20/keyboard controller failure. The keyboard IC controller has failed, preventing gate A20 from switching the processor to protect mode.
7 beeps Virtual mode exception error.
8 beeps Video memory error. The BIOS cannot write to the frame buffer memory on the video card.
9 beeps ROM checksum error. The BIOS ROM chip on the motherboard is likely faulty.
10 beeps CMOS checksum error. Something on the motherboard is causing an error when trying to interact with the CMOS.
11 beeps Bad cache memory. An error in the level 2 cache memory.
1 long beep, 2 short Failure in the video system.
1 long beep, 3 short A failure has been detected in memory above 64K.
1 long beep, 8 short Display test failure.
Continuous beeping A problem with the memory or video.
BIOS Beep Codes


Phoenix Beep Codes

Phoenix uses sequences of beeps to indicate problems. The "-" between each number below indicates a pause between each beep sequence. For example, 1-2-3 indicates one beep, followed by a pause and two beeps, followed by a pause and three beeps. Phoenix version before 4.x use 3-beep codes, while Phoenix versions starting with 4.x use 4-beep codes. Click here for AMI BIOS beep codes.
4-Beep Codes
Beep Code Meaning
1-1-1-3 Faulty CPU/motherboard. Verify real mode.
1-1-2-1 Faulty CPU/motherboard.
1-1-2-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-1-3-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. Initialize chipset registers with initial POST values.
1-1-3-2 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-1-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. Initialize CPU registers.
1-1-3-2
1-1-3-3
1-1-3-4 Failure in the first 64K of memory.
1-1-4-1 Level 2 cache error.
1-1-4-3 I/O port error.
1-2-1-1 Power management error.
1-2-1-2
1-2-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-2-2-1 Keyboard controller failure.
1-2-2-3 BIOS ROM error.
1-2-3-1 System timer error.
1-2-3-3 DMA error.
1-2-4-1 IRQ controller error.
1-3-1-1 DRAM refresh error.
1-3-1-3 A20 gate failure.
1-3-2-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-3-3-1 Extended memory error.
1-3-3-3
1-3-4-1
1-3-4-3 Error in first 1MB of system memory.
1-4-1-3
1-4-2-4 CPU error.
1-4-3-1
2-1-4-1 BIOS ROM shadow error.
1-4-3-2
1-4-3-3 Level 2 cache error.
1-4-4-1
1-4-4-2
2-1-1-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
2-1-1-3
2-1-2-1 IRQ failure.
2-1-2-3 BIOS ROM error.
2-1-2-4
2-1-3-2 I/O port failure.
2-1-3-1
2-1-3-3 Video system failure.
2-1-1-3
2-1-2-1 IRQ failure.
2-1-2-3 BIOS ROM error.
2-1-2-4 I/O port failure.
2-1-4-3
2-2-1-1 Video card failure.
2-2-1-3
2-2-2-1
2-2-2-3 Keyboard controller failure.
2-2-3-1 IRQ error.
2-2-4-1 Error in first 1MB of system memory.
2-3-1-1
2-3-3-3 Extended memory failure.
2-3-2-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
2-3-2-3
2-3-3-1 Level 2 cache error.
2-3-4-1
2-3-4-3 Motherboard or video card failure.
2-3-4-1
2-3-4-3
2-4-1-1 Motherboard or video card failure.
2-4-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
2-4-2-1 RTC error.
2-4-2-3 Keyboard controller error.
2-4-4-1 IRQ error.
3-1-1-1
3-1-1-3
3-1-2-1
3-1-2-3 I/O port error.
3-1-3-1
3-1-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-1-4-1
3-2-1-1
3-2-1-2 Floppy drive or hard drive failure.
3-2-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-2-2-1 Keyboard controller error.
3-2-2-3
3-2-3-1
3-2-4-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-2-4-3 IRQ error.
3-3-1-1 RTC error.
3-3-1-3 Key lock error.
3-3-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-3-3-3
3-3-4-1
3-3-4-3
3-4-1-1
3-4-1-3
3-4-2-1
3-4-2-3
3-4-3-1
3-4-4-1
3-4-4-4 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
4-1-1-1 Floppy drive or hard drive failure.
4-2-1-1
4-2-1-3
4-2-2-1 IRQ failure.
4-2-2-3
4-2-3-1
4-2-3-3
4-2-4-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
4-2-4-3 Keyboard controller error.
4-3-1-3
4-3-1-4
4-3-2-1
4-3-2-2
4-3-3-1
4-3-4-1
4-3-4-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
4-3-3-2
4-3-3-4 IRQ failure.
4-3-3-3
4-3-4-2 Floppy drive or hard drive failure.
3-Beep Codes
Beep Code Meaning
1-1-2 Faulty CPU/motherboard.
1-1-3 Faulty motherboard/CMOS read-write failure.
1-1-4 Faulty BIOS/BIOS ROM checksum error.
1-2-1 System timer not operational. There is a problem with the timer(s) that control functions on the motherboard.
1-2-2
1-2-3 Faulty motherboard/DMA failure.
1-3-1 Memory refresh failure.
1-3-2
1-3-3
1-3-4 Failure in the first 64K of memory.
1-4-1 Address line failure.
1-4-2 Parity RAM failure.
1-4-3 Timer failure.
1-4-4 NMI port failure.
2-_-_ Any combination of beeps after 2 indicates a failure in the first 64K of memory.
3-1-1 Master DMA failure.
3-1-2 Slave DMA failure.
3-1-3
3-1-4 Interrupt controller failure.
3-2-4 Keyboard controller failure.
3-3-1
3-3-2 CMOS error.
3-3-4 Video card failure.
3-4-1 Video card failure.
4-2-1 Timer failure.
4-2-2 CMOS shutdown failure.
4-2-3 Gate A20 failure.
4-2-4 Unexpected interrupt in protected mode.
4-3-1 RAM test failure.
4-3-3 Timer failure.
4-3-4 Time of day clock failure.
4-4-1 Serial port failure.
4-4-2 Parallel port failure.
4-4-3 Math coprocessor.


cheers :whistling:
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