What do the `beeps` mean?

  Eamonncw 12:31 09 Oct 2004

My friends computer won`t boot up and gives
two beeps shortly after switching on. What do these beeps mean? I know 1 beep means all is ok, but beyond that ..........

  Bapou 12:42 09 Oct 2004

click here for some definitions.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:47 09 Oct 2004

2 Beeps parity fault in memory module

If 2 sticks of memory fitted then:-
Remove 1 stick of memory at a time and retry

  Eamonncw 12:52 09 Oct 2004

Bapou, thanks, but it doesn`t help. It seems
to be for another type of computer. My mate`s is a Dell Optiflex G1.

  JoeC 12:56 09 Oct 2004
  Eamonncw 12:57 09 Oct 2004

Fruit Bat /\o/\, Thanks to you too. I have already
removed two memory sticks, after the first attempt ed boot up and replaced them with a larger
one. (2 x 32MHz out 1 x 128 in) and it still won`t work.

  JoeC 12:58 09 Oct 2004
  woodchip 13:43 09 Oct 2004

One beep is to say that 5 volts power is good and the computer should start. One long and Two very short, "can sound like one" is the graphics card that as gone AWOL. More beeps would more likely be Memory fault.

  Molded 13:44 09 Oct 2004

Beeps to a small extent are related to the type of bios your PC is running - AMI/Award/Phoenix.

You'll see which on the boot-up screen.

When you have the bios type goto click here

  Eamonncw 14:33 09 Oct 2004

ALL YOU GUYS thanks for your help. Problem`s not resolved. Sorry I`ve been away so long, I`ve been to my mates house. Firstly, there`s no Errorcode posted, just an apologetic message ending by giving me some options to reboot.ie try Safe Mode, or Safe mode with networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt, or Last known good config or Start Windows normally. at the bottom of the screen is a statement that the computer will start up in so many(reducing) seconds. If I select eg Safe Mode this message disappears.
JoeC, on your second suggested link I noticed a pathway to Dell. I think I`ll give it a try, but it`s getting too technical for us. Heard of the blind leading the blind? thats us.All your help appreciated and printed out for future use. Ta lads.

  Eamonncw 19:10 10 Oct 2004

Problem has been resolved, it turned out to be
a CPU problem. Thanks for all the help.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

The Evil Within 2 review-in-progress

Photoshop CC 2018 released with new Curvature Pen and better brush tools

Camera tips to take better iPhone photos

Les meilleures applications de covoiturage 2017