insert memory and then 3 beeps?

Gateway / Gt5464
August 15, 2009 at 14:19:20
Specs: Windows Vista
I have made sure i have ordered correct memory. but when i put it in my computer beeps 3 times with no visual. Ive been reading up on it and have read could be a problem with video or coam? (or something like that) and i would need to reset that. Is that true and if so how?

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#1
August 15, 2009 at 14:47:42
sounds like memory not fitted in right check

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#2
August 15, 2009 at 16:00:01
i dont know how to do it any other way

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#3
August 15, 2009 at 16:33:55
3 beeps indicates a memory error, so either it's not fully seated or it's incompatible:

http://support.gateway.com/s/Server...

"I have made sure i have ordered correct memory"

Why not tell us your system specs, the memory you had & the memory you bought? I assume it's a Gateway GT5464? If that's the case, the max per slot is 1GB & since the board has 2 slots, the total max is 2GB. And it looks like you have the choice of DDR2-533, DDR2-667 or DDR2-800. For best peformance, DDR2-800 would be the one to go with.

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1...

http://www.crucial.com/store/listpa...


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#4
August 15, 2009 at 18:56:53
And, just to be sure, it works OK using the original memory?

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#5
August 15, 2009 at 19:26:22
Look at the link below for additional info on DDR & DDR2 RAM. Note the differences in the notch on the bottom edge.

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview....


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#6
August 16, 2009 at 08:26:13
yes computer works with old. and i have 667

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#7
August 16, 2009 at 08:49:26
RAM may not have been fully seated. Turning end for end will not align the notch and allow RAM to fully seat.

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#8
August 16, 2009 at 09:57:07
turning end for end?

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#9
August 16, 2009 at 10:22:54
The notch in the RAM module is offset so the RAM can only be installed in one direction. That sometimes isn't noticed and a user may install the wrong way. What will happen is only one side will snap down. The other end may not be noticed because of the location on the motherboard.

This can have dire consequences. IF you had inadvertently done that you evidently did not cause any damage to the board, or it wouldn't boot with the original RAM installed.

Even if the RAM was oriented correctly it is easy to not fully seat both ends. This will result in error beeps.

One of those scenarios is what goodlife was referring to in response #1.


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