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    Default BIOS Beep Error

    Are trying to identify exactly what has died in this system.
    It is giving a long beep then a pause then same again repeating.
    It has the Phoenix-Award Bios
    Is has a Winfast-Foxconn NF4K8aC-8EKRS Mobo
    I have looked up the error codes but it is a bit vague as to what componant it could be. Weather Mobo, CPU, Ram or GPU
    It has 4 sticks of ram which I have progressively removed & I have tryed another vidio card with no change.
    That would tend to point to mobo or cpu, but which one?

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    Default Re: BIOS Beep Error

    I cant find 1 long beep error code!

    Continuous beep = Power supply, system board, or keyboard problem
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    Default Re: BIOS Beep Error

    Neither could I but thats what its doing.

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    Default Re: BIOS Beep Error

    I think last time this happened to me it was a RAM problem. You said you tried taking sticks out, but did you try completely different ones?

    Did you try the sticks in another computer?

    Is the BIOS battery good? (should be 3v) - have you tried resetting BIOS?
    Could be PSU..
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Default Re: BIOS Beep Error

    No I havent tryed different ram but is it likely all 4 sticks could be faulty?
    I,ve tryed them individualy.
    New cmos battery last month, I will try a reset but I don't think it's getting that far.

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    Default Re: BIOS Beep Error

    Are you getting any thing displaying on the Screen - could also be a faulty Graphic card, but the Award Bios states thats normally
    he only AwardBIOS beep code indicates that a video error has occurred and the BIOS cannot initialize the video screen to display any additional information. This beep code consists of a single long beep followed by two short beeps. Any other beeps are probably a RAM (Random Access Memory) problems.
    Basic Award BIOS beep codes

    Try removing all the RAM - then put 1 in at a time, start with 1, see if you get the beep, if not turn off PC, remove RAm and try another - repeat with each one separately to make sure there's not 1 causing the problem.
    Last edited by wainuitech; 20-05-2008 at 05:10 PM.

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    Default Re: BIOS Beep Error

    Are these any help to you:

    Award BIOS Beep Codes
    Award BIOS uses beeps of varying duration. A long beep will typically last for 2 seconds while a short beep will last only 1 second. Award BIOS also uses beeps of different frequency to indicate critical errors. If an Award BIOS detects that the CPU is overheating it may play a high pitched repeating beep while the computer is running.
    BEEP CODE MEANING POSSIBLE CAUSE
    1 Long, 2 Short Video adapter failure Bad video adapter
    Repeating (Endless loop) Memory error Bad memory or bad connection
    1 Long, 3 Short Video adapter failure Bad video adapter or memory
    High freq. beeps (while running) CPU is overheating CPU fan failure
    Repeating High, Low beeps CPU failure Bad processor


    Phoenix BIOS Beep Codes
    Phoenix BIOS uses beep code patterns to indicate problems. In the table below the '-' indicates a brief pause between beeps.
    Example: 1 - 1 - 2 would sound like BEEP <pause> BEEP <pause> BEEP BEEP

    BEEP CODE MEANING POSSIBLE CAUSE
    1 - 1 - 2 CPU / motherboard failure Bad CPU / motherboard
    1 - 1 - 3 CMOS read/write failure Bad motherboard
    1 - 1 - 4 BIOS ROM failure Bad BIOS chip
    1 - 2 - 1 Timer failure Bad motherboard
    1 - 2 - 2 DMA failure Bad motherboard
    1 - 2 - 3 DMA failure Bad motherboard
    1 - 3 - 1 Memory refresh failure Bad memory
    1 - 3 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
    1 - 3 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
    1 - 3 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
    1 - 4 - 1 Address line failure Bad memory
    1 - 4 - 2 Parity error Bad memory
    1 - 4 - 3 Timer failure Bad motherboard
    1 - 4 - 4 NMI port failure Bad motherboard
    2 - 1 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 1 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 1 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 1 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 2 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 2 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 2 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 2 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 3 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 3 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 3 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 3 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 4 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 4 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 4 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
    2 - 4 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
    3 - 1 - 1 Slave DMA failure Bad motherboard
    3 - 1 - 2 Master DMA failure Bad motherboard
    3 - 1 - 3 Interrupt controller failure Bad motherboard
    3 - 1 -4 Slave IC failure Bad motherboard
    3 - 2 -2 Interrupt Controller failure Bad motherboard
    3 - 2 - 3 <RESERVED>
    3 - 2 - 4 Keyboard control failure Bad motherboard
    3 - 3 - 1 CMOS batter failure Bad CMOS battery
    3 - 3 - 2 CMOS configuration error Incorrect setting
    3 - 3 - 3 <RESERVED>
    3 - 3 - 4 Video memory failure Bad video card or memory
    3 - 4 - 1 Video init failure Bad video card or memory
    4 - 2 - 1 Timer failure Bad motherboard
    4 - 2 - 2 CMOS shutdown failure Bad motherboard
    4 - 2 - 3 Gate A20 failure Bad motherboard
    4 - 2 - 4 Unexpected interrupt Bad processor
    4 - 3 - 1 RAM test failure Bad memory
    4 - 3 - 3 Timer failure Bad motherboard
    4 - 3 - 4 RTC failure Bad motherboard
    4 - 4 - 1 Serial port failure Bad motherboard
    4 - 4 - 2 Parallel port failure Bad motherboard
    4 - 4 - 3 Coprocessor failure Bad motherboard or CPU.
    9 - 2 - 1 Video adapter incompatibility Use a different brand of video card

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    Default Re: BIOS Beep Error

    Generally I have found beeps caused by RAM indicates badly seated RAM or incompatible RAM rather than faulty RAM.

    Run a RAM tester on it - best way to see if the RAM has a problem.

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    Default Re: BIOS Beep Error

    Thanks for that guys.
    There was nothing showing on the screen, that why I tryed another known good GPU.
    Wainui, I had tryed what you suggested with the ram with no change.
    The error code would be as 1 - 1 - 1 which dosent seem to get a mention.
    However after taking out the cmos battery & resetting the bios it came back to life. So now the question is what caused it. I Had changed the sound card yesterday but that went in allright once I got the drivers sorted.

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    Default Re: BIOS Beep Error

    Thanks pctek I'll do a ram test next.

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