ECS Motherboard does not boot

May 5, 2018 at 07:36:33
Specs: Windows 7, Intel P4
Motherboard Elite model ECS P4VMM2 beeps 3 long beeps at startup but does not boot or dispay anything on the monitor. Google search some blame a faulty keyboard and ECS website say it is a memory problem.

* Tried different keyboards and different ram ...bios just beeps 3 long beeps in a loop.
* Replaced CMOS Battery
* Cleared CMOS jumper


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#1
May 5, 2018 at 07:46:05
According to AWARD (the BIOS manufacturer) 3 Long Beeps Keyboard or Keyboard card error.

Are you using a PS/2 keyboard without any adapters?

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#2
May 5, 2018 at 08:05:03
It looks like the BIOS is AMI, not AWARD. 3 beeps = RAM error.

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Pr...
http://www.bioscentral.com/beepcode...

Are you using SDRAM (PC133) or DDR (DDR266)? Voltages are different. Did you set the motherboard jumpers accordingly? The board only supports a max of 2GB (1GB per slot) so anything larger than that likely won't work. Also, you cannot mix SDRAM & DDR. You must use one or the other. If you don't have the board manual, get it here: http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Pr...


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#3
May 5, 2018 at 08:05:22
I have tried both PS/2 and USB keyboards. The thing is ECS Support (Elite Group) insist it is a Memory module problem. The 3 long, looping beeps occur even without any keyboard or memory ram inserted.

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#4
May 5, 2018 at 08:10:51
Yes riider, the BIOS Chip is AMI. I will check the voltages /type of ram. Even with 1 Gb stick, the fault still occurs. Maybe the motherboard is faulty even though the CPU fans spins, as with or WITHOUT ANY ram, there are still the 3 long beeps in a loop and no display on monitor.

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#5
May 5, 2018 at 10:26:34
The fact that you're getting beeps is a pretty fair indicator that the CPU & board are good. Do you have any small sticks of RAM you can try - 256MB or 512MB? Try just a single stick. And being that the board only officially supports DDR200 & DDR266, there's no guarantee that DDR333 or DDR400 will work, especially if you run into density issues.

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#6
May 5, 2018 at 12:15:23
See the link below. Specs say the BIOS is AWARD.

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Pr...

At least one third party site says AMI BIOS. Guess if you have physically checked then AMI it is.

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#7
May 5, 2018 at 13:10:57
Apparently there are different versions of the board. The link I posted shows P4M266 chipset, 4 DIMM slots (2 SDRAM + 2 DDR), AMI BIOS. The one you posted shows P4M266A chipset, 2 DIMM slots (DDR only), AWARD BIOS.

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