Not a problem, just a question about computers

  Fateful Shadow 11:37 19 Aug 2003

Does anybody know why computers beep when they start up? I've always wondered this and I've never found out.

  AndySD 11:50 19 Aug 2003

One Beep means the bios check returned ok

Anything else and you have a problem... the number of beeps give a clue to the problem.

  seedie 11:50 19 Aug 2003

Let you know the fundamentals are sound. on startup they do something called a POST Power On Self Test. Satifactory completion of this and you get a beep, othewise you get a series of bleeps as an attempt to diagnose a problem.


  JIM 11:50 19 Aug 2003

Most computers beep when they start up to indicate they have posted correctly. To disable this could potentially limit your ability to diagnose problems.

  The Transporter 11:51 19 Aug 2003

1 beep = everything is fine
2 beeps ?
3 beeps, memory is faulty needs checking.
Anything more than 4 usually means hardware problems

  The Transporter 11:54 19 Aug 2003

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