what does this beep code mean

September 30, 2009 at 14:16:01
Specs: Windows 7
Hi, I've looked all over but can't find the meaning to this: 2 short beeps then 1 long beep. There is nothing showing on the monitor. Please help.

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September 30, 2009 at 14:37:53
If you have an AMI Bios, it's a problem on the graphics card.
Maybe the graphics card is not well seated in the PCI or AGP bus.
Turn off the computer, open the case and reseat the graphics card.

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September 30, 2009 at 14:59:49
If you're SURE it's two short, then one long, we need to know....
- The make and model of your brand name system - the specific model is usually shown on alabel on the outside of the case, or it can be determined by going to the brand's web site
OR - the make and model of your mboard in your generic desktop system - the model is usually printed in obvious larger characters on the surface of the mboard, often between the slots.

If you mean 1 long, two short

Award bios, or a bios based on one...

1 long, 2 short - Video adapter error Either video adapter is bad or is not seated properly. Also, check to ensure the monitor cable is connected properly.

AMI bios, or a bios based on one....
1 long, 2 short - Failure in video system An error was encountered in the video BIOS ROM, or a horizontal retrace failure has been encountered

If you have a laptop, it probably has onboard video, and the video adapter is either fried, or there is a problem with the display in the lid.
Connect an external monitor to the VGA port on the laptop when the computer is not running, then try booting the computer. In some cases you need to press a key or key combo to get the external monitor to display - see the manual for the laptop model.

If you then get NO display on the external monitor, something is damaged, and you will probably need to replace the mboard. Expensive, unless a used mboard can be found for a reasonable price.

If you then get a display on the external monitor and no beeps, there is nothing wrong with the onboard video.
In that case, you probably either have
- damaged wiring between the base and the lid, often where the wiring passes through the hinge - that's relatively inexpensive to fix,
- or something in the display assembly is failing or has failed - usually it's the backlight or the voltage inverter that supplies high voltage to the backlight - inexpensive to expensive to fix.
- Or - the display assembly could have been physically damaged . Has anyone dropped the laptop, or has liquid been spilled on it? Expensive to fix, unless you can find used pieces to fix it with. .

If you have a desktop system,
- if the monitor is plugged into a monitor port on an card in a slot, remove the AC power to the case, remove the left side panel as seen from the front of the case, remove the video card, clean off it's contacts with at least a tissue or a paper towel or a soft cloth, don't touch the contacts with your fingers, install the card, make sure it's all the way down in it's slot, install the screw that fastens it, connect the monitor to it, restore the AC power to the case, try the computer.
If you get the same beeps, the video card is damaged and needs to be replaced.

- if the monitor is plugged into the onboard video port near where most of if not all of the other ports are on the back of the case, and there are no monitor ports on a card in a slot, the onboard video is damaged. If your mboard has spare AGP or PCI-E X16 or PCI slots available, installing a video card in a slot MAY result in you getting video.

- if the monitor is plugged into the onboard video port near where most of if not all of the other ports are on the back of the case, and there IS one or more monitor ports on a card in a slot, usually installing an AGP or PCI-E X16 video card disables the onboard video, and the monitor port for onboard video cannot produce video. Plug the monitor into a monitor port on the video card in a slot, NOT the one for onboard video, in that case, when the computer is not running.

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September 30, 2009 at 18:26:45
okay thanks....

the beeps are definitely 2 short and then 1 long.
my mother board is (this is what it says on it) "ipibl-lb"
my monitor is plugged into the video card.
does that mean that I need a new video card? if so, how did it break? i didnt overclock

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September 30, 2009 at 19:33:03

Motherboard Specifications, IPIBL-LB (Benicia)

Motherboard manufacturer's name: Asus IPIBL-LB
HP/Compaq name: Benicia-GL8E

Video graphics Integrated graphics using Intel GMA 3100
Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards

It's an OEM only Asus mboard model - it's was made only for HP and Compaq computers - Asus has no support for it on their web sites.

It's probably got a HP or Compaq part number on it on a stuck on label - the one for the mboard itself often has a bar code on it. It would help if you found quoted that number.
it has 9 characters, often all numbers e.g. 462797-001 , but it might not be that same number.

Asus uses Award or AMI bioses - the HP or Compaq biosversion may be based on one of those, or it may be a Phoenix bios version.

My internet connection is absolutely rotten right now (it's ADSL on OLD telephone lines) , so I'll have to make do with this post for a while.

No video doesn't necessarily indicate there's anything wrong with the video.

You could try your monitor with another computer, but there's probably nothing wrong with it.

Do you have other symptoms?

When you try to boot the computer...

Is the power led on?
Does the system seem to be working fine otherwise?
Do fans spin, on at least the cpu and the power supply?
Does the hard drive spin?
Does the hard drive led blink like it normally does while booting? If you normally have to Logon on it will stop blinking after that point.

If yes to all of those.....

The term CARD is frequently mis-used. It's NOT A CARD unless it's removable.

Your mboard has onboard video. That's NOT A video CARD!

Is the monitor plugged into the onboard video port near where most of if not all of the other ports are on the back of the case, or is it plugged into a monitor port on an card in a slot, far away from that area?

If the monitor plugged into a monitor port on a card in a slot, try removing the card, as I outlined above, and plugging the monitor into the monitor port for the onboard video, and try the computer.

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September 30, 2009 at 19:50:18
Ok, so I connected the monitor to the onboard and the computer works fine. I guess my video card is fried. I wonder how it happened though?? I didnt get any warnings or anything. Maybe it's a crappy card? It's an asus c403hrev geforce 8600 gt

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October 1, 2009 at 09:17:56
Beep codes found!

I found this while looking for info about the physical size of the HP power supply that originally came with this mboard by searching using it's HP part number.

Illustrated Parts and Service Map
HP Compaq dx2400 Microtower Business PC

Pictures power supply, motherboard, chassis front I/O panel; part numbers, etc.
Where stuff is on mboard, etc.
Bios Setup settings descriptions. (It's rare to find those for a HP or Compaq computer ! )
F10 to get into it.
Password Security.

Bios beep codes - e.g.
2 short, 1 long - No graphics card installed, or graphics initialization failed

When the pdf has fully loaded, click on the floppy icon, once, at left in the top bar to download it to a location on your computer.

The 8600GT video card probably has a fan on it.
- if that fan and/or the heat sink under it gets clogged with dust and lint, the video chip it cools can overheat and fry itself.
- or - if the fan has cheap sleeve bearings, they eventually wear to the point where they produce too much friction, the fan can no longer spin fast enough or stops spinning altogether, and the chip it cools overheats and is fried

- or - if the video card was ever not all the way down in it's slot when the computer was booted, the card can easily be damaged.

Try moving the fan blade on the video card with a finger. If there's nothing wrong with it's bearings, it will move easily in "jumps".
If it does not move easily or won't move at all, the bearings on it are in bad shape.

You could try the procedure I detailed above regarding cleaning the card's contacts and installing it again, but if there was too much dus and lint or the card's fan is not good, the card's video chipset is probably fried.

Some video cards have a temperature sensor, and if so, there is usually a setting in software for it you can enable that will warn you when the video chipset is getting too hot.

I found a HP part number for your mboard on the web - 462797-001 .
Apparently it's used in many HP dx2400 MT - Micro Tower - models, and only in those models.
I looked up the HP dx2400 models, and chose one.
It uses
"Power Supply

463317-001 Power supply - 300W power supply with power form correction - For use with HP Compaq dx2400 Microtower PCs "

I looked up 463317-001 -
that power supply part number is used only in dx2400 and dx2450 models.

No info about it's physical size found, but it looks like it's a standard size in that Illustrated Parts and Service Map pdf I found.

I looked up the minimum power supply (output) capacity required to support the 8600GT video chipset - 300 watts.

If this mboard is still in the orginal HP (or Compaq case), the original power supply has a 300 watt (output) capacity, and that's probably the power supply capacity you have.

So - when you had the 8600GT video card installed, the power supply was being loaded to 100% of it's capacity, or not much less than that, all the time. The power supply on the computer was just barely able to handle the video card.

Whether or not you have this mboard in it's original HP case, you can check what the rated total power output is on the label on the power supply.

If you get another video card.....

It should be a PCI-E X16 video card for the best resulting video performance. You can buy whatever card suits what you're willing to pay, BUT you MAY need to replace your power supply with one that has more capacity.

ALWAYS unplug or switch off the AC power to the case whenever you do anything inside the case!!

Your power supply must have at least the minumum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD!)
You can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

Note: if the present PS brand is BESTEC, that brand is a lot more likely to fail, and when it fails, especially if it fails completely, it's a lot more likely to damage the mboard!

If you need to get a PS with more capacity, you can usually replace it with any decent standard sized standard ATX PS.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
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