what are 3 emachine error beeps?

December 28, 2013 at 20:22:04
Specs: Vista
I am trying to get my emachines desktop computer working for my grandson. I reformatted the harddrive before putting it away until I wanted to give it to someone. I turned it on but nothing happened. I put the harddrive from my grandson's old computer and there were 4 beeps - if I got the correct information, that is the memory. Yes? I took out one of the Ram and started it and there was not beep and it was starting up. I decided to try other memory I have and now get 3 beeps. What is that error?

I think his harddrive has Vista loaded on it.

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December 28, 2013 at 21:13:33
You generally can't swap HDDs from one computer to another due to different hardware configurations. That has nothing to do with the beep codes but it's something you need to be aware of. Even if you get it to boot successfully without the beeps, it's unlikely you'll be able to get into Windows.

As for the beeps, it would help if you'd supply the model/model number of the eMachines PC you're working with. Bad RAM, poorly seated RAM, or a poorly seated graphics card are common causes of beeping. And if the beeps are 3 long rather than 3 short, make sure the keyboard is plugged in securely.

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December 28, 2013 at 21:36:09
What model emachine? Beep codes vary.

You need to make sure this memory you're putting in is compatible with the motherboard. You removed one stick and it started up. Are all your ram sticks marked the same? Maybe the removed one was bad or not completely installed or the socket was dirty.

Hard drives moved from one computer to another rarely boot to windows because the installation is configured to the first one. So, when you removed the stick of memory and it started up, what happened next?

Edit I guess I echoed what Riider said. I brought in some groceries before confirming. I guess I should have refreshed.

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December 31, 2013 at 10:30:46
4 beeps was memory. I took 1 out and there weren't any beeps. It is a W3609. Sorry!

I don't remember the processor. I believe the graphics is on board. Windows has to be loaded. I had tried my grandson's harddrive from the computer I built. BTW, I have been swapping HDDs for years! Not to mention I have 2 external drivescobnverted from internal drives from previous systems.

Thank you!

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December 31, 2013 at 10:34:54
I have been using matched pairs of memory sticks.I am not trying to get to windows. I had reformatted the drive not sure if I was keeping the computer or not. I didn't realize emachines has a hidden section of the drive to set system to the original setup. One of the drives in the case is the original. I think. It has been a few years.

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December 31, 2013 at 16:44:46
The gateway/emachine site for that model shows no manuals. Third party download sites all appeared to be BS or pay sites and I wasn't going to sort through them to find a free download. It apparently has an Intel D945GCL motherboard in it so the beep code for that may match your emachine. If by chance you have the manual check it for the beep codes you originally inquired about.

If the hard drive has a restore partition and you didn't remove it--just formatting the c: drive won't remove the restore partition--you should be able to boot to it by specifying that in cmos/bios setup.

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