Solved Old P4 on Intel board SC5200 Beeps twice and shuts down

January 7, 2012 at 17:03:59
Specs: Windows Server 2003, Pentium 4
I am trying to help out a friend with an old server system.
It's a SuperMicro/Emdeon server with a Pentium 4, 3GB RAM, 6 SATA drives (configured in 3 RAID1 pairs), on an old ATX motherboard (Intel Entry Server Board S875WP1-E).
The system was having major issues with cooling and shutting off randomly. I removed the covers and cleaned out the entire inside using compressed air cans to flush it all out (it was completely saturated in caked-on dust. I had to remove the processor and heatsink assembly in order to clear out the dust captured in between all of the heatsinks cracks and crevices.
Now, after all is clean and airways are clear again and processor is re-installed, the system turns on, does one long deep tone beep and two more higher tone beeps.
Any ideas what I should be looking for. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


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#1
January 7, 2012 at 17:28:19
From the motherboard manual : http://www.intel.com/support/mother...

The BIOS beep codes are listed in Table 42. The BIOS also issues a beep code (one long tone
followed by two short tones) during POST if the video configuration fails, or if an external
ROM module does not properly checksum to zero.
Table 42. Beep Codes
Number of Beeps Description
1 Refresh failure
2 Parity cannot be reset
3 First 64 Kb memory failure
4 Timer not operational
5 Processor failure (Reserved; not used)
6 8042 GateA20 cannot be toggled (memory failure or not present)
7 Exception interrupt error
8 Display memory R/W error
9 (Reserved; not used)
10 CMOS Shutdown register test error
11 Invalid BIOS (such as, POST module not found)

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#2
January 7, 2012 at 19:50:24
@Richard59...
Thank you for the great suggestions from the manual. I had actually found this right after posting. However, upon looking into these suggestions I noticed that the proc was getting extremely hot. Tomorrow I will be pulling the proc assembly again and reseating the chip, applying fresh thermal paste, and re-seating the heat-sink assembly. I think it may be that the temp was rising on the chip and shutting it down to protect it.
I will update my post tomorrow after getting back into the box.

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#3
January 7, 2012 at 20:00:53
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OK. Take care with the thermal paste. Too much can be as bad as too little. A dab about the size of a rice grain is all that is needed.

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#4
January 15, 2012 at 19:33:38
after cleaning and remounting the heatsink to the processor (with a conservative amount of thermal paste), it worked beautifully.

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