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Computer beeps 3 times

April 19, 2009 at 01:48:27
Specs: Windows XP

I need help with my computer. I'm just a kid so maybe I can't understand much of the replies.One day I installed a game from my cousin's USB. The next day, when I turn on my windows xp computer, the monitor doesn't show anything and just beeps three times. The disk drives still open and close though. Please HELP!!!!!!!!

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#1
April 19, 2009 at 05:26:51

You can find the beep codes here http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm.

I have a feeling the game and the problem are not related.


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#2
April 19, 2009 at 07:13:45

Here's a quick explanation:

The motherboard has a chip on it that stores all the settings related to the hardware. This is known as the CMOS/BIOS chip. BIOS = Basic Input/Output System. When you start a computer, the 1st thing it does is read the info in the CMOS chip...if everything checks out, it will beep once, then continue on to Windows. But if an error is found, it will beep a coded message which will help you to locate the problem. However, not all computers use the same BIOS. The 3 most common are AMI, AWARD & Phoenix. Each one uses different beep codes. Since you said "3 beeps", I can take a guess that it's an AMI BIOS. 3 beeps = memory error. Did you try adding memory to your system?

AMI beep codes

AWARD beep codes

Phoenix beep codes


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#3
April 20, 2009 at 07:39:38

I did add memory. A big game. So how can I delete it?

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#4
April 20, 2009 at 10:07:04

" Did you try adding memory to your system?"

"I did add memory. A big game."

Installing a game does not add memory - it adds data to the hard drive.

What jam is asking is did you install (a) ram module(s) that wasn't/weren't in the computer before.
E.g. if you have a desktop computer, did you, or someone else, open up the computer case and install ram.
So far you haven't mentioned anything that would indicate that.

Just installing a game doesn't normally cause beeps.

Are the 3 beeps the same length, or are they one longer beep, two shorter ones?

You may need to have someone help you out - a parent or someone older.

If you're getting 3 beeps of the same length, try this, if it's a desktop computer - make sure the ram is all the way down in it's slots.
See response 2 in this - http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...

If you're getting one longer beep and two shorter ones, that's a video card problem that can normally only happen on desktop computers - the video card in a slot may have a poor connection and/or it's not all the way down in it's slot.
Unplug the case/power supply.
Power off your monitor.
Open up the case by removing the left panel as seen when you're looking at the front of the case.
Press the video card all the way down in it's slot.
Make sure there is a screw holding it down.
Plug in the case/power supply.
Swich the monitor back on.
Try booting the computer.


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