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3 beep memory error

Hi, i have just purchased ans installed the above, with 4 x 1gb memory sticks fitted, and I am getting a 3 beep memory error code. I have tried each stick individually, and they all work. I have ensured that the bios is set to the correct 667mhz clock speed, and that when all 4 are installed they are seated correctly in the board. Any obviouse problems / solutions, or does the MB sound fault, in which case I will return it.



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Re: 3 beep memory error

Try checking you RAM by setting the option in BIOS Quick Boot to Disable. It will analyse your system's whole memory which will help you to conclude the faulty item.

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Re: 3 beep memory error

Yep, I think you probably have a faulty MB. If all the memory modules work individually, then the fault is probably one of the RAM slots.

Posted on Dec 22, 2007

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The complete beep code list is provided here: .

I hope this helps.

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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.
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