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TheHamzan6
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Hello everyone. Recently my really old tower case began to form strange beeping sounds every time I push the start button.

I tried rewiring all the wires from the power supply to the rest of the components and had no solution. I tried changing the ram to different slots, same thing. I tried keeping one stick of ram in and the other out, same thing. I tried moving that same stick inside different slots and had no solution, and I've done the same thing with the other stick.

The beeps keep on changing and I can't tell if they're long or short beeps. Though most of the time I hear long beeps and later on it changes to one beep and then one beep and a half and shuts off.

Here's a video explaining my situation:
http://youtu.be/d_S3Kxzorow

I've been stuck with this issue for two days and I tried looking for a couple of solutions and none seem to have worked. I even read about how to troubleshoot them but to no avail.

However, I tried wiping off the dust from every single part and it still didn't work.

Any solutions?

Computer specs:

Mobo: Intel D915GAV
RAM: 512MB + 512MB and two empty slots
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 (R) 3.20Ghz
Power supply: 300 watts
Os: Windows XP
edited 1×, last 16.10.13 03:44:43 am
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16.10.13 04:22:55 am
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oxytamine
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Stupid lol question - is your microphone plugged in when beep occurs? If so, unplug it. Also try unplugging the whole microphone/headphones slot.
16.10.13 05:12:26 am
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archmage
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Remove the beeper, problem solved.
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16.10.13 08:29:26 am
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lev258
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These beeps usually indicate some hardware related problem. As you mentioned, you tried changing RAMs, so I think it's OK. Does your PC work normally, can you use Windows without problems? There are tables on the net for different motherboards, where the meaning of different types of beeps are explained.
16.10.13 10:37:29 am
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TheHamzan6
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user lev258: I cannot use windows since the PC automatically shuts off in the middle of the start up.

user oxytamine: Nothing's plugged in.
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16.10.13 11:27:15 am
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gotya2
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Tell me what BIOS you have.
Then you can google for the corresponding error codes ( beeps ).

This is what i could find on high/low beeps:

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CPU - Either the CPU is not seated properly or the CPU is damaged. May also be due to excess heat. Check the CPU fan or BIOS settings for proper fan speed. Alternatively, try the steps below to resolve your issue:

(1) If any new hardware has been recently added to the computer, remove that hardware to make sure it is not the causing the issue. If after removing the new hardware and your computer works, it's likely that the computer is either not compatible with the new hardware device or a system setting needs to be changed to work with the new hardware.

(2) Remove any disks, CD's, DVD's that are in the computer and if any USB devices are connected disconnect all of them. Reboot the computer and see if anything changes.

(3) Make sure all fans are running in the computer. If a fan has failed (especially the heat sink fan for the CPU) your computer could be overheating and/or detecting the fan failure causing the computer not to boot.

(4) If the above recommendations still have not resolved the irregular POST, attempt to disconnect the Riser board (if applicable) and/or each of the expansion cards. If this resolves the issue or allows the computer to POST, connect one card at a time until you determine what card is causing the issue.

(5) Disconnect the IDE, SATA, SCSI, or other data cables of the CD-ROM, hard drive, and floppy drive from the Motherboard. If this resolves your irregular POST or you now get an error message attempt to re-connect each device one at a time to determine which device and/or cable is causing the issue. In some situations it can simply be a loose cable connection.

(6) In some situations a computer may have power related issues often caused by either the power supply and/or the Motherboard. To help determine if this is the cause of your issue try turning the computer on, off, and back on as fast as possible, making sure the computer power light goes on and off each time. In some situations you may be able to temporarily get the computer to boot.

(7) For users who are more comfortable working with the inside of their computer or who have built their computer, one last recommendation before assuming hardware is faulty, is to reseat the CPU by removing it and putting it back into the computer.

If after doing all of the above, you continue to have the same issue, unfortunately it is likely that you have a faulty Motherboard, PSU, CPU, and/or RAM. The next step would be either to replace these components and/or have the computer serviced. If you plan on doing the repairs yourself or you are a repair shop it is suggested that you replace the Motherboard first, RAM, CPU, and then power supply in that order and/or try swappable parts from other computers.
20.10.13 04:10:38 am
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TheHamzan6
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Alright, I've checked my mobo's manual and can't seem to get out the bios version or name, but I found something in the manual that might be interesting.

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BIOS Beep Codes
The BIOS also issues a beep code (one long tone followed by two short tones) during POST if the
video configuration fails (a faulty video card or no card installed) or if an external ROM module
does not properly checksum to zero. Table 16 lists the BIOS codes.


Number of Beeps Description of the beeps
1 Refresh failure
2 Parity cannot be reset
3 First 64 K memory failure
4 Timer not operational
5 Processor failure (Reserved; not used)
6 8042 GateA20 cannot be toggled (memory failure or not present)
7 Exception interrupt error
8 Display memory R/W error
9 (Reserved; not used)
10 CMOS Shutdown register test error
11 Invalid BIOS (such as, POST module not found)

If you're interested, here's the link for my mobo's manual
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I forgot to mention that the desktop PC was working perfectly until it began to turn off for no reason. The PC before ran for a few hours and then randomly shut off. I turned it back on and I've noticed an error message about an issue with the CPU fan/the cooling is not working and requested me to check the fans.

I checked the fans, it was all working fine. Until I unplugged the heat sink and put it back on, the beeping began.

This might mean that the issue here is about the cooling. I believe applying thermal paste to the CPU might help but I guess I'm going to have to replace the fan.

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Now I am not sure about the "parity cannot be reset" issue. I don't even know what it is, but I believe it has something to do with the RAM. I am going to get 1GB RAM and place them on each slot and see what's wrong. I'm guessing that I have issues with the CPU and RAM together.

Any suggestions would greatly help.
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20.10.13 05:44:46 pm
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This might help http://brebru.com/beepcodes.html
BTW: Did you tried unplugging and puggling back the psu?
And what about resetting the bios?
21.10.13 07:50:38 pm
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TheHamzan6
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user J4x has written:
This might help http://brebru.com/beepcodes.html
BTW: Did you tried unplugging and puggling back the psu?
And what about resetting the bios?


There's no more need to fix this. The problem is really embarrassing. Turns out I didn't seat the heat sink very well which caused the motherboard to beep 4 times.

Thanks to everyone who tried to help. I fixed the issue.
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