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IBM Workstation giving 3 short beeps in 3 sets- not booting

My IBM Workstation is not booting after powering on. It is giving 3 short beeps in 3 sets (i.e total 9 short beeps).No display on the monitor.

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Hi im josh in cebu phils. may i help you? the problem of your IBM pc is ROM errors that gives 3 beeps in series of 3 sets 9beeps in all.
You need to replace you cmos battery on the mother board.12voltd batt. it maybe empty thats why it beeps or go to setup bios.then restore all the defaults in your pc. and the last one no choice reflash or reformat your pc there maybe files that are missing.

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  • 1 long and 1 short beep = bad motherboard
  • 1 short and nothing else happens= disk drive/video related problem.
  • 1 long and to short beeps = bad video card
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The beep codes below may help you identify the possible computer problems. However,
they are only for reference purposes. The situations might differ from case to case.
gAMI BIOS Beep Codes
*Computer gives 1 short beep when system boots successfully.
*Except for beep code 8, these codes are always fatal.
1 beep Refresh failure
2 beeps Parity error
3 beeps Base 64K memory failure
4 beeps Timer not operational
5 beeps Processor error
6 beeps 8042 - gate A20 failure
7 beeps Processor exception interrupt error
8 beeps Display memory read/write failure
9 beeps ROM checksum error
10 beeps CMOS shutdown register read/write error
11 beeps Cache memory bad
g AWARD BIOS Beep Codes
1 short: System boots successfully
2 short: CMOS setting error
1 long 1 short: DRAM or M/B error
1 long 2 short: Monitor or display card error
1 long 3 short: Keyboard error
1 long 9 short: BIOS ROM error
Continuous long beeps: DRAM error
Continuous short beeps: Power error

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You really aren't giving much info, so here are some beep - codes, also make sure nothing came loose on the motherboard or other components ( do this ONLY if you know how ) Safety first.

BIOS Beep Sound core list

AWARD BIOS

1 short(Beep) System booting is normally.
2 short(Beep) CMOS setting error
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5 short(Beep) CPU Error
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Code Description
1 short beep System is OK
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1 long, 1 short beep System board problem
1 long, 2 short beeps Display adapter problem (MDA, CGA)
1 long, 3 short beeps Display adapter problem (EGA)
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IBM POST Diagnostic Code Descriptions
Code Description
100 - 199 System Board
200 - 299 Memory
300 - 399 Keyboard
400 - 499 Monochrome Display
500 - 599 Colour/Graphics Display
600 - 699 Floppy-disk drive and/or Adapter
700 - 799 Math Coprocessor
900 - 999 Parallel Printer Port
1000 - 1099 Alternate Printer Adapter
1100 - 1299 Asynchronous Communication Device, Adapter, or Port
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1400 - 1499 Colour/Graphics Printer
1500 - 1599 Synchronous Communication Device, Adapter, or Port
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1800 - 1899 Expansion Unit (XT)
2000 - 2199 Bisynchronous Communication Adapter
2400 - 2599 EGA system-board Video (MCA)
3000 - 3199 LAN Adapter
4800 - 4999 Internal Modem
7000 - 7099 Phoenix BIOS Chips
7300 - 7399 3.5" Disk Drive
8900 - 8999 MIDI Adapter
11200 - 11299 SCSI Adapter
21000 - 21099 SCSI Fixed Disk and Controller
21500 - 21599 SCSI CD-ROM System
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Code Description
1 Short Beep System OK
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3 Short Beeps Memory failure in the first 64 KB
4 Short Beeps Memory failure in the first 64 KB Operational of memory
or Timer 1 on the motherboard is not functioning
5 Short Beeps The CPU on the motherboard generated an error
6 Short Beeps The keyboard controller may be bad. The BIOS cannot switch to protected mode
7 Short Beeps The CPU generated an exception interrupt
8 Short Beeps The system video adapter is either missing, or its memory is faulty
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10 Short Beeps The shutdown register for CMOS RAM failed
11 Short Beeps The external cache is faulty
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Phoenix BIOS Beep Codes
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Code Description
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1-4-2 Parity failure first 64k RAM
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3-1-_ Faulty Motherboard
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3-3-4 Screen initialisation failure
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