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Gigabyte doesn't list 3 long beeps as an error code, so I'm not sure if you're actually getting 3 short beeps or maybe 1 long and 2 short or... But, for reference, Gigabyte's error code list is as follows (depending on whether you have an AWARD BIOS or an AMI):
1 short beep: System normal
2 short beep: CMOS Error
1 long beep and 1 short beep: Memory error
1 long beep and 2 short beep: Graphic card error
1 long beep and 3 short beep: AGP error
1 long beep and 9 short beep: Memory Error
Continuous long beep: Memory not correctly installed
Continuous short beep: Power supply unit failed
1 short beep: Memory Error
2 short beep: Memory parity check error.
3 short beep: Basic memory 64K address check error
4 short beep: Real Time Clock malfunction .
5 short beep: CPU error
6 short beep: Keyboard error
7 short beep: CPU interruption error
8 short beep: Graphic card error
9 short beep: Memory error
10 short beep: CMOS error
11 short beep: CPU cache memory malfunction
It might not be a lot of help, but it's somewhere to start... and at least this way you'll know what to be listening for.
i would like to know how many and the kinds of beeps? there are what they call beep codes which indicates what kind of problem the your laptop is experiencing: here are the common ones:
0 beep = no power, loose card, short 1 short beep = normal,POST (Power On Self Test), your computer is ok 2 short beeps = POST error, review screen for error code. continuous beeps = no power, loose card, short repeating short beeps = no power, loose card, short 1 long, 1 short beeps = motherboard issue 1 long, 2 short beeps = video issue 1 long, 3 short beeps = video display circuitry three long beeps = keyboard/keyboard card error one beep, blank, incorrect display = video display circuitry
aside from the 1 short beeps, you need to take your laptop to a technician to have it looked at.
This sounds like a video controller issue. Try booting with a different monitor. Ensure the cables are connected to the motherboard correctly (fans/power/led indicators). Try booting off of a single stick of RAM. Otherwise you may need to check the warranty status and RMA the motherboard to have it repaired/replaced.
1 beep: circuits reset - ready to power up
5 short, 1 long: memory issue
8 beeps: video adapter issue
Check the cabling. You may have a 16pin cable plugged into the motherboard backwards. I would try reversing the 16P connector to see if that solves the issue. Next, I would try booting off of 1 stick of RAM (trying each dimm slot). If that fails I would check the CPU slot for bent pins. If any of them are bent you will need to RMA the board. Lastly, if there are no bent pins, it may be the video adapter and will need to be RMA'd. You can check the warranty status here: http://www.supermicro.com/support/rma/
Hi John. If you already swaped the Memory, it's the video card. I'm giving you what the beep means according to the different types of BIOS, because basically Ascent is a clone PC. I hope it helps. (you will have to open the computer to see the BIOS type.)
1 long beep and 2 shorts -- Video error
2 short beeps -- non-fatal error.
1 beep corto -- OK.
1 short beep -- Memory error. 2 short beeps -- ECC error.
3 short beeps -- Memory error.
4 short beeps -- change atery
5 beeps cortos -- bad processor.
6 beeps cortos -- bad keyboard.
7 beeps cortos -- video memory bad.
8 beeps cortos -- video bad.
1-1-2 beeps -- Problem with cpu/motherboard.
1-1-3 beeps -- Cmos issue.
3-4-1 beeps -- Video issue.
1 short beep -- Post normal, ok!.
2 short beeps -- POST error, will show on screen. NO beep -- CPU issue or Expansion card issue 1 long and 1 short -- motherboard error.
1 long and 2 shorts -- Video issue.
1 long and 3 shorts --EGA video issue.
3 longs -- Keyboard error.
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
1 short(Beep) System booting is normally.
2 short(Beep) CMOS setting error
1 long - 1 short(Beep) DRAM ERROR
1 long - 2 short(Beep) Display card or monitor connected error
1 long - 3 short(Beep) Keyboard Error
1 long - 9 short(Beep) ROM Error
Long(Beep) continuous DRAM hasn't inset correctly.
Short(Beep) continuous POWER supply has problem.
1 short(Beep) DRAM Flash Error
2 short(Beep) DRAM ECC Check Error
3 short(Beep) DRAM Detect Fail
5 short(Beep) CPU Error
6 short(Beep) Keyboard Error
8 short(Beep) Display card memory Error
9 short(Beep) ROM Error
1 long - 3 short(Beep) DRAM Damage
1 long - 8 short(Beep) Display card or monitor connected error
Standard Original IBM POST Error Codes1 short beep
Normal POST - system is ok
2 short beeps
POST Error - error code shown on screen
Power supply or system board problem
Power supply, system board, or keyboardproblem
Repeating short beeps
Power supply or system board problem
1 long, 1 short beep
System board problem
1 long, 2 short beeps
Display adapter problem (MDA, CGA)
1 long, 3 short beeps
Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA)
3 long beeps
3270 keyboard card
so it sounds like your video card is having trouble
This is most likely a memory error. You didn't say if you've done any work inside the computer but if you have double check that the ram is seated correctly.
You bios is award and these are the beep codes:
Beep code brief: 1 Long Beep: Memory problem 1 Long Beep and 2 Short Beeps: Video error Continuous Beeping: Memory or video problem Any other beep pattern: Most likely Memory problem
1 long Beep: Memory problem Something is wrong with the memory installed. Check out the troubleshooting memory problems FAQ for details. Note that there could also be something wrong with just accessing the memory (ie the motherboard has a problem).
1 long beep, then 2 Short Beeps: Video error The motherboard is not able to access the video card for some reason. Either the video card is not working, it's memory is not accessable, or it's BIOS may be corrupt. This error code could also mean something is wrong with the motherboard.
Continuous Beeping: Memory or video problem This is a tricky situation... likely the problem is either memory or the video. This can also be found when the motherboard is faulty.
it depends on the bios chip maker Here's some other beep codes:
for Award and Phoenix BIOS:
1 short beep: Normal 2 short beeps: CMOS error 1 long and 1 short beep: DRAM error 1 long and 2 short beeps: Video card error 1 long and 3 short beeps: Keyboard error 1 long and 9 short beeps: ROM error Long continuous beeps: DRAM not installed correctly Short continuous beeps: Bad power supply
1 short beep: DRAM flash error 2 short beeps: DRAM ECC check error 3 short beeps: DRAM detect error 5 short beeps: CPU error 6 short beeps: Keyboard error 8 short beeps: Video card error 9 short beeps: ROM error 1 long and 3 short beeps: Bad DRAM 1 long and 8 short beeps: Video card error
Invoking Beep Codes
If the computer is actually functioning and the computer beeps continuously, then there is a problem with a voltage on the power supply being incorrect or the CPU overheating. IMMEDIATELY go into the BIOS and check CPU temperature, fan speed and voltages
Annoying isn't it? You have built your computer you switch it on and then nothing happens except a few beeps from the PC speaker. Frustration sets in as you try to figure out what is wrong with it. If you didn't already know the computer has already told you the problem. It can't speak of course but it can direct you to the problem. Its all in the beeps. The BIOS can recognise when the problem occurs and sends a signal out to send a certain amount of beeps through the speaker. These beeps then tell you the location of the problem.
Unfortunately not all the BIOS' use the same codes as each other. Two of the main BIOS manufactures AMI and Award (now Phoenix) have different codes for there errors.
# of Beeps Error Description 1 Refresh Failure The memory refresh Circuitry is faulty 2 Parity Error Parity error in the Base (1st 64K) of memory 3 64K Base Memory Error Memory error in the base memory (1st 64K) 4 Timer Not Operational Timer 1 is not functioning (also caused by error in base memory) 5 Processor Error CPU error 6 8042 Gate A20 Failure Unable to switch to protected mode 7 Processor Exception Interrupt error The CPU on the CPU card generated an interrupt error 8 Display Memory Read/Write Error Video adapter is missing, incorrectly seated or has faulty memory 9 ROM checksum error The ROM checksum does not match that of the BIOS 10 Coms Shutdown Register Read/Write The shutdown register for coms RAM has failed 11 Cache Memory Bad The cache memory test has failed. Cache memory will be disabled. *** DO NOT enable it ***
With the first 3 beep codes, its well worth re-seating the memory just to make sure that it's in correctly. 8 Beeps is probably the most common in my experience. Can be caused by a badly seated Graphics card. If you have re-seated it then check with another Graphics card in the board.
Always check for loose components before sending the board back as this is the main cause of errors on the POST.
Award states that they now only use one beep from there BIOS. This beep is one long beep and then two short beeps. This indicates a graphics card problem. Any other beeps should be treated as a RAM problem first and then the board sent in to be inspected.
The reason that the Award BIOS only uses the beep code for display problems is that it tries to display the error on-screen if at all possible. If the BIOS cannot initiate the display adapter then this causes the BIOS to make the beep code for a display error, which must be corrected before any other errors can be determined. Memory Test fails and hard disk failures etc will all be displayed on screen
The IBM BIOS works with Short and Long beeps as well as the Award BIOS. However the IBM one does still have codes to work from.
Beep Code Error 1 Short Beep Normal POST, System booted OK 2 Short Beeps POST Error - Code on Display No Beep Power supply or Motherboard error Continuous Beep Power supply or Motherboard error Repeating short beeps Power supply or Motherboard error 1 short, 1 long beep System board error 1 long, 2 short beeps Display adapter error (MDA/CGA) 1 long, 3 short beeps Display adapter error (EGA/VGA) 3 long beeps 3270 keyboard card Phoenix BIOS The Phoenix BIOS works on a slightly more complicated manor than the others. It does display an error code for you and produce a series of beeps. This BIOS produces its beeps according to the hexadecimal code the error produces. The Phoenix BIOS has many different codes for its possible errors and so many different beep codes. Rather than list the entire section here, I have provided a link to the official PDF file containing the codes and how they are derived.
Phoenix BIOS Post Codes
System board errors should be looked at by a specialist, Again always try to re-seat components to ensure they are in correctly. If necessary take all components out except for the RAM CPU and graphics card, then try the system. Re-seating components is the number one fix for getting past the POST screen. One badly seated components can cause the entire system not to function. so pick out your bios and follow the steps above to diagnose .hope this helps