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    My Wife's Computer failed

    Hello everyone

    After a lot of years use my wife's computer has decided to quit. Now when it fires up nothing happens except there are 5 (repeated once) beeps.

    It is a P4 PCU in a ASUS P4B533-E mobo. Does this code perhaps indicate a CPU failure please?

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    have you gone to the ASUS website and/or checked the manual?

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    The motherboard manual does not seem to list any pure 5 beep codes - are they all of the same length, or are some quicker than others?

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    Tried different ram in there at all ??

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    Quote Originally Posted by Behemoth View Post
    Tried different ram in there at all ??
    Or just one stick if there are multiple sticks?

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    This motherboard is supposed to give vocal messages!? Gotta be the motherboard is borked.

    Perhaps we should open a new forum... Readers's Wives' Computers...

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    Failing any help from Asus...

    Her motherboard is complaining. Try reseating the memory and rebooting. If that doesn't help, you should consider another motherboard. You could probably get away with just replacing the CPU, but that's not too cost-effective. Its just time to upgrade!

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    Asus use AWARD bios beep codes, don't they? This might be useful:

    BiosCentral - Award BIOS Beep Codes

    The only 5-beep pattern mentioned is this one:
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    Award BIOS 4.51PG/Gigabyte GA-BX2000: Five short beeps sound when the main BIOS is corrupted and the spare BIOS has to be loaded as only choice for successful boot. Submitted by Andy

    Maybe try resetting the CMOS by disconnecting the PSU and either moving the CMOS reset jumber, or removing the CMOS battery?

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorsson View Post
    This motherboard is supposed to give vocal messages!? Gotta be the motherboard is borked.

    Perhaps we should open a new forum... Readers's Wives' Computers...
    Only if that option had been enabled in the bios.

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    Quote Originally Posted by timread View Post
    Asus use AWARD bios beep codes, don't they? This might be useful:

    BiosCentral - Award BIOS Beep Codes

    The only 5-beep pattern mentioned is this one:
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    Award BIOS 4.51PG/Gigabyte GA-BX2000: Five short beeps sound when the main BIOS is corrupted and the spare BIOS has to be loaded as only choice for successful boot. Submitted by Andy
    Actually Award has many different BIOSes with different codes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Behemoth View Post
    Only if that option had been enabled in the bios.
    Ah, well that would have been a good idea, but too late now...

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    So have we read the motherboard it's last rights ??

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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    Not necessarily - if there is some doubt about the 5 beep codes, The 5 beeps BIOS failure was one report from a Gigabit board. Another website gave this (unhelpful) report


    Your motherboard is complaining. Try reseating the memory and rebooting. If that doesn't help, you should consider another motherboard. You could probably get away with just replacing the CPU, but that's not too cost-effective. Its just time to upgrade!
    If the BIOS is corrupt, it is unlikely that resetting the CMOS will make any difference (it holds variable parameters, not firmware) but worth a try. The BIOS itself might be re-flashable or replaceable, however that means removing the BIOS and either getting a replacement already programmed or reflashing it on an EEPROM programmer - from a BIOS image - which won't work if the chip itself has failed.

    Is it worth it? It looks to be a pretty old board, so maybe it is time to retire it and get something a little more up to date. Shame though, it looks as if it was a very good mobo at the time.
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    Your motherboard is complaining. Try reseating the memory and rebooting. If that doesn't help, you should consider another motherboard. You could probably get away with just replacing the CPU, but that's not too cost-effective. Its just time to upgrade!
    name and shame! that's pathetic
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadduckUK View Post
    name and shame! that's pathetic
    I couldn't possibly quote this site PC Hell: BIOS Error Beep Codes

    But in fairness, information on the Award BIOS seems pretty scarce and most of the (few) sites I looked at only quoted the Award published codes - which doesn't include 5 beeps!
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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    Time of day clock failure. Try running the setup program that comes with the computer. Check the date and time. If that doesn't work, replace the battery. If that doesn't work, replace the power supply. You may have to replace the motherboard, but that is rare.
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    Re: My Wife's Computer failed

    Hello everyone

    Thank you for all your replies. I found a site which says that 5 short beeps is in fact a CPU failure.

    Fortunately I am visiting a Computer Fair tomorrow (20th April, 2008) and will attempt to buy another CPU there.

    Of course everyone who suggests a new computer is absolutely correct and the final solution must be this, but not yet, not yet!

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