Solved 3 beeps sounding on start-up. Doesnt look like its just RAM

October 28, 2016 at 03:01:07
Specs: Windows 7, ASUS
I have the 3 beeps error on startup that I read is most prob RAM related. I have 3x4GB sticks.

I have removed and rehoused in various combinations so that I have 1 stick in the first slot.

I have also removed the battery from the MB and reseated.

The PC now comes on - I had it running with no issue for several hours last night - but this morning it runs for <5 mins before shutting down and re-booting with 3 beeps. Taken out the battery gets it going again.

Any ideas? Do I have to go into the BIOS screen? Or something?

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October 28, 2016 at 03:20:01
When did this problem start? Added a RAM stick?
ASUS MB model?

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October 28, 2016 at 04:19:26
Is this a new build or not?
Did you add anything like more memory or change anything, like the memory, etc?
Was it ever working properly?
Is this a factory built machine or a custom machine?
Desktop or laptop?
Did you reset BIOS settings after replacing battery?
Will it run in Safe Mode?
If you left it running in BIOS set up mode, will it continue running or crash?
System model? Or MB, CPU, RAM, GPU, power supply, etc. individual specs?

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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October 28, 2016 at 05:14:13
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"removed the battery from the MB and reseated"

Doing that resets the BIOS to its defaults. You should enter the BIOS to correct the date/time & other settings. Make sure to save/exit when you're done.

It would help to know the make/model of your board, CPU, RAM, etc. The cause of the 3-beep code varies depending on the BIOS type (AMI, Award, Phoenix, etc). I see ASUS listed in your specs. Memory error is listed as "One continuous beep followed by two short beeps then a pause (repeated)"

Using 3 RAM sticks usually disables dual channel mode so your system might be taking a bit of a performance hit. I presume you're running Win7 64-bit?

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