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Anonymous
February 27, 2005 1:23:01 PM

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My new PC has been emitting a chirp, beep sound coming from the tower not the
speakers. Is this a warning of some kind or normal for Windows XP/

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Anonymous
February 27, 2005 6:33:03 PM

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Hi,

Those are warning beeps from the motherboard. The manual should be able to
tell you what they mean, but it's not usually good. Could be something as
simple as a dead CMOS battery though.

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Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"la0" <la0@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:E583BFCE-83AD-4432-BF89-043EFD091EF0@microsoft.com...
> My new PC has been emitting a chirp, beep sound coming from the tower not
> the
> speakers. Is this a warning of some kind or normal for Windows XP/
Anonymous
February 27, 2005 7:37:05 PM

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http://www.amptron.com/html/bios.beepcodes.html
BIOS Beep Codes

What is a BIOS Beep Code?
When you power on a computer the BIOS immediately takes control of the
computer and performs the P.O.S.T (Power On Self Test). At the end of
the POST the computer will play an audible 'BEEP' through either the
PC's internal speaker of through speakers attached to the sound card (if
you have a built-in sound chip). If the POST completed successfully
without detecting any problems with then system will play a single short
beep to let you know the test is complete and the computer will continue
to startup and load the operating system.

If during the POST the BIOS detects a problem it will normally display a
visual error message on the monitor explaining what the problem is.
However, if a problem is detected before the BIOS initializes the video
card, or a video card is not present or not detected then the BIOS will
play several 'BEEPS' through the speaker to let you know there is a
problem. Depending on the type of the BIOS you have the BIOS may play
beeps in a specific pattern to indicate what the problem is, or play the
same beep a number of times indicating the problem. It is very important
that you pay close attention to the number and/or pattern of the beeps
your computer plays on startup.

Below is a table of the most common AMI, Phoenix and Award BIOS beep codes.

AMI (American Megatrends International) BIOS Beep Codes.
AMI BIOS uses beeps of the same length and pitch. The error is displayed
as a number of beeps. For example, 4 beeps indicated a timer failure.
BEEP CODE MEANING POSSIBLE CAUSE
1 Beep (No video) Memory refresh failure Bad memory
2 Beeps Memory parity error Bad memory
3 Beeps Base 64K mem failure Bad memory
4 Beeps Timer not operational Bad motherboard
5 Beeps Processor error Bad processor
6 Beeps 8042 Gate A20 failure Bad CPU or Motherboard
7 Beeps Processor exception Bad processor
8 Beeps Video memory error Bad video card or memory
9 Beeps ROM checksum error Bad BIOS
10 Beeps CMOS checksum error Bad motherboard
11 Beeps Cache memory bad Bad CPU or motherboard

Award BIOS Beep Codes
Award BIOS uses beeps of varying duration. A long beep will typically
last for 2 seconds while a short beep will last only 1 second. Award
BIOS also uses beeps of different frequency to indicate critical errors.
If an Award BIOS detects that the CPU is overheating it may play a high
pitched repeating beep while the computer is running.
BEEP CODE MEANING POSSIBLE CAUSE
1 Long, 2 Short Video adapter failure Bad video adapter
Repeating (Endless loop) Memory error Bad memory or bad connection
1 Long, 3 Short Video adapter failure Bad video adapter or memory
High freq. beeps (while running) CPU is overheating CPU fan failure
Repeating High, Low beeps CPU failure Bad processor

Phoenix BIOS Beep Codes
Phoenix BIOS uses beep code patterns to indicate problems. In the table
below the '-' indicates a brief pause between beeps.

Example: 1 - 1 - 2 would sound like BEEP <pause> BEEP <pause> BEEP BEEP
BEEP CODE MEANING POSSIBLE CAUSE
1 - 1 - 2 CPU / motherboard failure Bad CPU / motherboard
1 - 1 - 3 CMOS read/write failure Bad motherboard
1 - 1 - 4 BIOS ROM failure Bad BIOS chip
1 - 2 - 1 Timer failure Bad motherboard
1 - 2 - 2 DMA failure Bad motherboard
1 - 2 - 3 DMA failure Bad motherboard
1 - 3 - 1 Memory refresh failure Bad memory
1 - 3 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
1 - 3 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
1 - 3 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
1 - 4 - 1 Address line failure Bad memory
1 - 4 - 2 Parity error Bad memory
1 - 4 - 3 Timer failure Bad motherboard
1 - 4 - 4 NMI port failure Bad motherboard
2 - 1 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 1 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 1 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 1 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 2 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 2 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 2 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 2 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 3 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 3 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 3 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 3 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 4 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 4 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 4 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 4 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
3 - 1 - 1 Slave DMA failure Bad motherboard
3 - 1 - 2 Master DMA failure Bad motherboard
3 - 1 - 3 Interrupt controller failure Bad motherboard
3 - 1 -4 Slave IC failure Bad motherboard
3 - 2 -2 Interrupt Controller failure Bad motherboard
3 - 2 - 3 <RESERVED>
3 - 2 - 4 Keyboard control failure Bad motherboard
3 - 3 - 1 CMOS batter failure Bad CMOS battery
3 - 3 - 2 CMOS configuration error Incorrect setting
3 - 3 - 3 <RESERVED>
3 - 3 - 4 Video memory failure Bad video card or memory
3 - 4 - 1 Video init failure Bad video card or memory
4 - 2 - 1 Timer failure Bad motherboard
4 - 2 - 2 CMOS shutdown failure Bad motherboard
4 - 2 - 3 Gate A20 failure Bad motherboard
4 - 2 - 4 Unexpected interrupt Bad processor
4 - 3 - 1 RAM test failure Bad memory
4 - 3 - 3 Timer failure Bad motherboard
4 - 3 - 4 RTC failure Bad motherboard
4 - 4 - 1 Serial port failure Bad motherboard
4 - 4 - 2 Parallel port failure Bad motherboard
4 - 4 - 3 Coprocessor failure Bad motherboard or CPU.
9 - 2 - 1 Video adapter incompatibility Use a different brand of
video card

Rick "Nutcase" Rogers wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Those are warning beeps from the motherboard. The manual should be able to
> tell you what they mean, but it's not usually good. Could be something as
> simple as a dead CMOS battery though.
>
Anonymous
February 27, 2005 9:35:15 PM

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"la0" <la0@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:E583BFCE-83AD-4432-BF89-043EFD091EF0@microsoft.com...
> My new PC has been emitting a chirp, beep sound coming from the tower not
> the
> speakers. Is this a warning of some kind or normal for Windows XP/

See
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1223

What combination of beeps are you getting?

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Trish
Dublin, Ireland
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