Solved Gateway Desktop: 3 Beeps Won't Boot

Gateway Gateway dx4870-ub308 core i3-213...
April 9, 2016 at 10:27:37
Specs: Windows 8, i3 2130 /6gb
restarted my computer for update tryies to boot then three beeps shuts down then continually tries to restart and shut down. Have to unplug to get it to stop. when plugged back in continues to restart and shut down with three beeps.

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April 9, 2016 at 16:06:35
Yeah, it's clearly a hardware fault if it stops you getting to BIOS.

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#1
April 9, 2016 at 10:55:46
Could be RAM. First step remove RAM sticks and clean their edge connectors with a soft pencil eraser. Insert them in and out a few times before pressing them firmly in place.

Otherwise, if there is more than one stick try each one on it's own in first position to see if you can determine that one is faulty.

There are RAM tests available:
http://www.memtest86.com/

There are other possibilities but RAM appears to be the most likely.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
April 9, 2016 at 10:55:49
Depends on the computers' BIOS and type of beeps (long vs. short). Find the BIOS manufacturer out by searching online, preferably the system or motherboards' manufacturer website:

http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm

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#3
April 9, 2016 at 13:11:42
no luck now it beebs 3 times quick pause three more beeps stops the restarts again

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#4
April 9, 2016 at 15:05:39
Can you get into Safe mode?

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#5
April 9, 2016 at 15:15:15
No it started with three beeps replaced battery now beeps 6 times. pulled memory swiched them around moved slots tried one at a time no luck

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#6
April 9, 2016 at 15:25:38
Can you get into the Bios?

Are you using a video card or onboard video?


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#7
April 9, 2016 at 15:30:16
no cant get to bios. on board video

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#8
April 9, 2016 at 15:31:49
3 beeps is a RAM issue; 6 beeps is the keyboard. These things don't just happen out of the blue. I suspect there's more to the story than we're not being told.

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#9
April 9, 2016 at 15:33:02
"on board video"
Test with a video card, don't buy, borrow if you have to.

Also, test with another monitor.

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#10
April 9, 2016 at 15:38:58
have not shut down for a while antivirus wanted to restart so I let it and now wont. just keeps recycling the power come on fans start 6 beeps shuts down and repeats until I pull the plug

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#11
April 9, 2016 at 15:42:29
tried on other monitor and key board.

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#12
April 9, 2016 at 15:51:20
Start up with minimal items plugged in, just keyboard and monitor - unplug all USBs.

Long shot but someone online had a similar issue do to a USB device.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#13
April 9, 2016 at 15:56:05
tried that thanks guess I am going to take it to a guy

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#14
April 9, 2016 at 16:06:35
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Yeah, it's clearly a hardware fault if it stops you getting to BIOS.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#15
April 9, 2016 at 17:33:49
thank you all for your help

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#16
April 9, 2016 at 17:36:41
" guess I am going to take it to a guy"
If paying, sometimes the cost is more than that of a new comp.

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#17
April 9, 2016 at 17:42:40
no I have dealt with him for years just trying to see if there was a simple solution thanks alot

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