Beep Codes

December 10, 2009 at 07:46:29
Specs: Windows XP Home, 1.8 GHZ Celeron w/256/3200 DDR
I have a customer's computer which I hear three distinct beeps and nothing more. The BIOS is onboard a Gateway MOBO #4000792, also called an Intel Nimitz. I have tried all the methods I know to get it to POST.

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#1
December 10, 2009 at 08:49:58
http://support.gateway.com/s/Server...

According to what I could find, it sounds like a memory issue. You could run memtest 86 on it to check the memory.

http://www.memtest86.com/


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#2
December 10, 2009 at 08:57:04
Hi,

I don't think that is the issue. It should POST with no RAM at all, right?

Mark


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#3
December 10, 2009 at 09:05:34
It should POST with no RAM at all, right?

Wrong. The BIOS cant do anything without some RAM to work with except issue a few beeps.

Stuart


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#4
December 10, 2009 at 09:12:44
Test the ram. Unseat it, clean it with a pensil eraser and reseat it. If that doesn't do it, run Memtest, at least you can eliminate the ram if it passes.

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#5
December 10, 2009 at 09:19:17
ok...will do.

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#6
December 10, 2009 at 11:10:48
Know your beeps ----
http://www.sysopt.com/tutorials/art...
BIOS Error Beeps, Messages, and Codes

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#7
December 10, 2009 at 12:58:08
And just how is the OP supposed to run memtest86 if the board will not even boot? I suppose if he has another compatible motherboard he could put the ram in that for testing purposes.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#8
December 10, 2009 at 13:08:18
Hi,

Thank you for that sysopt report. However, it is dated September 2000, and doesn't list Phoenix codes. This board was built in May 2002.

Mark


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#9
December 10, 2009 at 15:41:02
Everything I could find out at Gateway indicates the Nimitz boards use AMI bios not Phoenix, and the three beeps means memory error. Have you cleaned/reseated/tested the ram?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#10
December 12, 2009 at 11:01:02
Hi,

Thanks for responding and all the help so far from everybody here. Its nice to have nice folks who are willing to take a minute and help me, and I am very appreciative of that.

Yes, I have cleaned it, and blew out the slots, although this board appears to be an OEM pull.

Weird though-this board says the BIOS is a Phoenix D686.

The board is Gateway part number 4000792.

With all the collective minds anad talent here, I'm sure we will find a solution.


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