Problems with desktop Beeping on booting

November 23, 2011 at 11:22:17
Specs: Windows 7
Hey there. I know there is several topics about the same thing, but I can't find the right answer.

Okay, so my computer is like 2 years old. It's been working fine until like 2 months ago, it suddenly started beeping on startup. Before this happened, my pc usually got overheated a lot. I Found out there was a lot of dust inside it so I blew it all away, then it worked just fine after that. No beeping, no overheating. But then a week after it happened that it beeped on startup again, 2 beeps (not very short, not long) then 1 long beep. This repeats 5 times, then after it comes 8 very short beeps.

Usually I could just cool down my PC, and wait a few hours then it would work fine again. Or I could remove the RAM / video card then set it in again, and it would work. But now it's been days and it is still not working!

I know about the beep code system, but my beeping isn't very normal and I would love some answers that could help me out. I really want to put some work into this and get it fixed instead of spending money, because I don't have a lot of money

Thank you.
- Smoothex.


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#1
November 23, 2011 at 12:26:31
"I know about the beep code system"

Then you would also know that the beep error codes are different for different BIOS versions. You have not provided any information about your system.

Do you know your motherboard model number and the BIOS version running on it?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
November 23, 2011 at 13:37:04
Oh, sorry :)

My PC: HP Compaq Presario CQ5043eu (link: http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sk...

Motherboard: M2N78-LA

I'm not really good at this :P Don't know about the BIOS


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#3
November 23, 2011 at 20:51:47
Look:
http://www.5starsupport.com/info/be...
http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm
is your first step. Then download Speedfan or similar and monitor your temperatures to see if you have a real problem there before you do some long term damage. Possibly connected, possibly unrelated. Post back results.

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


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#4
November 24, 2011 at 00:04:48
Thank you. I will try when I get home. I had a quick look on it and I couldn't find the "two short, 1 long" beep code.

However, my PC suddenly worked again yesterday but I'm afraid it will stop working again so I want to fix this now.

Again, thanks for the reply, I'll post results later!


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#5
November 24, 2011 at 02:51:54
http://www.bioscentral.com/beepcode...

Suggest you remove/re-insert the ram and graphics cards about 5 or 10 times each to clean the contacts. ( of course do this with power disconnected )

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#6
November 24, 2011 at 05:17:19
Yeah. As I said, my PC started working again yesterday, and now when I was playing Skyrim on it (which requires a bit from the graphics card) it suddently turned off after like an hour of playing it. When this happend, the graphics card was so warm and I think that's the problem. I'm cooling it down as we speak.

@Richard59 Yep thanks, that's basically what I did yesterday and it worked :)

@Fingers Hopefully my PC will turn on again later, then I will download speedFan etc. Thanks for the help guys :)


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#7
November 25, 2011 at 03:31:23
Ok I removed one of the RAM bricks, then it worked, strange.

But I downloaded SpeedFan, using now and it looks something like this:

Temp1: 42C
Temp2: -128C
Temp3: 22c
HD0: 31C
GPU: 69C
Core: 22C

The GPU has some sort of Fire icon besides it, and now my PC is running nothing but standard things like skype, steam etc. No games or internet browsers or anything opened.

And my GPU fan isn't working 100% either


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#8
November 25, 2011 at 05:09:36
Your GPU temp is too hot if that is at idle which is why you cannot play a game. You have only one core temp so is this a single core like a P4? AND that Temp2 @ 128C is way too high for anything in a CPU but you will need to find out what it is and what the problem is. First, open the case and see that all fans are working. Second, use a can of compressed air (Dust Off or similar) to blow out all dust from fans, vents, heat sinks, etc. to allow proper cooling. Third, boot into your BIOS, if you still are hot, it will be more specific on what is hot. It is probably either a dust issue, or a fan problem (or dust not allowing a fan to spin properly). Report back results for additional advice.

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


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#9
November 25, 2011 at 05:25:52
First of all, thank you a lot for your help, I really appreciate it :)

I blew away all the dust a few weeks ago. There was a lot of it, in fans etc. But now it's pretty much empty and all fans are working but the one on my GPU.
If I turn my PC on and give the GPU fan a little boost pushing it around with my own hands, it will spin for 1-2 seconds then stop automatically.

Note: It said -128C on temp2

And yes, my GPU was around 70C on idle. I might do another round with air compressor later and make sure there are no dust in my CPU etc. What do you mean with single-core? If that's about my CPU, it should be triple-core 2,4GHz


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#10
November 25, 2011 at 05:30:15
Speedfan is not infallible. It may not correctly identify the sensor responses.
In your situation I suspect Temp1 is your CPU which is fine. Ignore Temp2 -128 is obviously an anomaly. Temp3 & Core @ 22 are likely ambient. The HDD & GPU are likely correct and would probably not be reported in BIOS. Those temps are reported by sensors in the drive & Graphics card and would not normally be accessed by BIOS. A GPU temp of 69C is high for idle but in most cases the GPU should remain stable at temps around 90C under load. The fact you got it to boot up after removing 1 stick of RAM may indicate your ram is the main problem. Download Memtest86 and create either a bootable floppy or CD. Run tests on each stick of ram separately then with both in place and report back any errors.

I also agree with Fingers about cleaning out the fans. You may need to replace the GPU fan if cleaning does not restore it to full speed operation.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#11
November 25, 2011 at 06:30:15
@Richard hmm yeah I want to try that, but then I have to get my PC working, now it won't turn on no matter how many RAM bricks that are inserted.. I honestly think the main problem is with the GPU, but strange how my pc worked with 1 brick and not two earlier today.

Did another round with air compress, nothing happened. Do you think something is damaged on my GPU? =/


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#12
November 25, 2011 at 13:42:23
back to beep codes.

With the graphics card removed do you get any bios beeps?

With the ram removed do you get any beeps?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#13
November 25, 2011 at 15:10:55
No beep codes without graphics card.

1 short and 1 long without RAM.


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#14
November 25, 2011 at 16:03:35
Note that Memtest does not need your operating system to boot, if you can get into your BIOS you may be able to run Memtest86 from bootable floppy or CD.
If your BIOS and Memtest runs and your graphics card will support them then if Memtest (run all tests) does not show it to be a memory problem, then test your hard drive with hard drive mfg's test utility.
If you cannot get the GPU fan to run then you will need to replace the fan or entire card, it is essential when the graphics load is anything but minimal.

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


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#15
November 26, 2011 at 06:59:41
Thanks for help, but can I do memtest with no display on my screen? I didn't really get that. And can I test my graphics card?

Sorry I'm a foreigner =P


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#16
November 26, 2011 at 18:40:19
No, That's why I said "...if you can get into your BIOS..." Because if you can actually see your BIOS set up, then your basic VGA BIOS driver is working your card in a limited fashion and that should be enough to run Memtest. If you ran Memtest with out your monitor operating, then it might run perfectly, but you would not know the results, so that would not help you.
If your motherboard has built in video, you can remove the video card and try that for testing and evaluation, if not, then maybe you have or can borrow another video card for this purpose.
If you cannot perform basic testing then it may pay for you to get professional service for this problem since purchasing replacement parts at random until you find the problem could be more expensive and may not fix all of the problem anyway.

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


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#17
November 27, 2011 at 01:35:28
Thank you for answer. I will do my best when I come home

And post results


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