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    bios BEEP CODE PROBLEM

    I'm getting this error code when trying to boot up a computer.
    It's 2 short beeps then a pause, then one short beep.
    The BIOS is AMI but there is no mention of this error code on any of the AMI web sites.

    Does anyone have a clue about what it is?

    I thought it must be something to do with the hard drive being damaged because when I enter BIOS set up, there is no HDD detected. However, I've put the HDD in another computer (as slave) and the bios detects it ok and when I boot up I can read and write to it ok, so I think the HDD is ok.

    Could it be the motherboard?

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    Matt31
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    any idea on the make/model of the motherboard mate (it often has this info written on it, near the PCI slots)

    if you don't have a copy of the motherboard manual, do a search for one - the different error codes (beeps) should be listed in this
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    hi,
    It's a PC CHips M848A
    No info in the manual about beep codes, I'm afraid.
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    d'oh!

    i just tried googling for it too - with little success
    if it ain't broke...fix it till it is


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    From my Gigabyte 7NNXP's manual:

    AMI BIOS beep codes
    1 short beep - Successful boot
    1 beep - Refresh failure
    2 beeps - Parity error
    3 beeps - Base 64K memory failure
    4 beeps - Timer not operational
    5 beeps - Processor error
    6 beeps - 8042 - gate A20 failure
    7 beeps - Processor exception interrupt error
    8 beeps - Display memory read/write failure [Non-fatal]
    9 beeps - ROM checksum error
    10 beeps - CMOS shutdown register read/write error
    11 beeps - Cache memory bad

    AWARD BIOS beep codes
    1 short - Successful boot
    2 short - CMOS setting error
    1 long 1 short - DRAM or motherboard error
    1 long 2 short - Monitor or display card error
    1 long 3 short - Keyboard error
    1 long 9 short - BIOS ROM error
    Continuous long beeps - DRAM error
    Continuous short beeps - Power error


    Sorry that it's rather cryptic. :/ At least it's a start.

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