Solved 3 beeps on startup

May 25, 2010 at 06:02:01
Specs: Windows Vista 64bit
Hi,
My computer has started making 3 beeps on start up and no video comes up on the screen and the keyboard and mouse dont have power. This has been happening for a while now but i normally just restart it and it works fine. Tonight i was using my computer and it crashed and got blue screened. I restarted it and got the 3 beeps at the start. Tried to restart it again and the same thing. I tried like 10 times and still got the 3 beeps and nothing else. I have searched up the problem and was told to remove the ram sticks. I tired doing this; removing 1 stick, removing the other stick, removing both sticks,, and i still get the 3 beeps on start up and nothing else. What can i do to fix this? I really need to because i have heaps of assignments due soon.
P.S bit of a computer dummie so easy to understand words etc would be helpful. Thanks.

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May 25, 2010 at 19:34:42
You have a RAM problem...that's all you need to be concerned about.

Unplug the power cord, lay the tower on it's side (I assume you have a tower?) & take out ALL the RAM. Take the original stick & run a pencil eraser along both sides of the contact edge, then wipe it with rubbing alcohol. Make sure it's 100% dry before reinstalling it. Take a good close look at the memory slot & at the contact edge of the RAM...notice the 2 notches? Make sure they line up when you insert the RAM in the slot. Push down firmly until you hear it click in place & double check that the locking tabs on each end of the memory slot are fully locked in place. Plug in the power & try booting up.



#1
May 25, 2010 at 08:45:08
The 3 beeps often means, that the first 64 KByte of internal (processor) memory are not accessable.
This could mean, the processor is corrupt.
But when you say, after several tries, it's running normal up to a blue screen during a computer session, I guess, it's a thermal problem.

In that case, often the heatsink if full of dust as well as the fan, mounted onto the heatsink.
So you have to clean both and it should normally work normal.

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Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!


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#2
May 25, 2010 at 09:23:21
We would need to know which BIOS your board uses (Award, AMI, Phoenix, etc), then we can tell you what the 3 beeps mean. Are they all the same? or is there a mix of long & short beeps? For instance, one long + two short?

3 beeps = memory problem

1 long + 2 short = video problem

http://www.pcguide.com/ts/x/sys/bee...


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#3
May 25, 2010 at 18:55:21
So if the processer is corrupt, what can i do to fix it?
It used to work after only 1 restart, but now it doesnt work at all, thats what i ment. I will dust it out when i get home. I not sure what ype of BIOS i have, but i will check aswell when i get home and post it. All 3 beeps are the same.

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#4
May 25, 2010 at 18:58:48
The processor is NOT corrupt. 3 beeps indicates a memory problem.

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#5
May 25, 2010 at 19:02:57
So basically jam theres nothing else you can add untill you know the type of BIOS?

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#6
May 25, 2010 at 19:15:50
You can look it up yourself:

Beep codes

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#7
May 25, 2010 at 19:34:42
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You have a RAM problem...that's all you need to be concerned about.

Unplug the power cord, lay the tower on it's side (I assume you have a tower?) & take out ALL the RAM. Take the original stick & run a pencil eraser along both sides of the contact edge, then wipe it with rubbing alcohol. Make sure it's 100% dry before reinstalling it. Take a good close look at the memory slot & at the contact edge of the RAM...notice the 2 notches? Make sure they line up when you insert the RAM in the slot. Push down firmly until you hear it click in place & double check that the locking tabs on each end of the memory slot are fully locked in place. Plug in the power & try booting up.


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#8
November 15, 2010 at 05:15:14
i have the same problem too..
continuous 3 beeps...3 beeps, 3 beeps, beeps, again and again..
I already cleaned the memory, same with the video card..but nothing happens..
blank screen..keyboard can't be access same with the mouse...

I am thinking that the problem would be the processor..
I already did some sorts of troubleshooting, but I really didn't take on the processor side..im quite afraid that i might totally damaged my motherboard..
help please..THANK YOU SO MUCH !!


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