What does three beeps mean in an asus motherboard

Hello, I have an asus mobo and durring start up I get three quick beeps any ideas on what that is?
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  1. First try reseating the video card and memory, if that dont work try one memory module at a time. It could be a bad memory module.
  2. Base 640K RAM failure. Try reseating RAM modules as advised by D1RTYJU1C3.

    Since most of these boards have only one retaining clip per RAM slot, it may be tricky to install RAM sticks.
  3. Ok so I stripped it down to one stick and reseated the new vid card, now its makin three quick beeps a tiny pause before the next two? All five beeps are pretty rapid?
  4. Try the other stick and then try them in different slots. Possibly a bad slot.
  5. Still doin it! Im starting to think it might be a bad mobo? I replaced the power supply. And I have cycled through the ram in all the slots. Any other thoughts? Is it common for a mogo to go bad? Ive had it since 7/17/06 and this is the model...

  6. It sounds like a bad memory controller. If you know someone who can loan you some memory to make sure, it would rule out the memory.
  7. So could all of my ram have gone bad? I can probably get some ram, then again im rockin 184 pin ram so might actually be tough!
  8. The memory controller is on the motherboard. I would say it is the motherboard before I'd say it was all the memory but you might purchase one stick of memory to rule it out.
    Post your PC configuration so I can find some compatible ram.
  9. Ok what I would do is purchase a stick of 512mb to see if it works.

    Crucial 512MB

    CORSAIR 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400
    If it works just purchase another stick.

    Or purchase what you want and see if it works. If it dont you can return it, but you will have a restocking fee.

    Compatible memory:

    Crucial 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400

    Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400

    CORSAIR 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400

    CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400

    Your rig is pretty old so you might think about updating if you have the money if not try the memory and see if it works.
  10. The thing that sucks about buying old hardware is that some of it is around the same price as the new stuff.
    If you need a motherboard though you can pick one up at newegg from $30 to $70.
  11. Ya im just goin to do a new build, but im on a super tight budget so all I am goin to get is a new mobo, cpu, and ram

    Can you point me in any directions?

    This is kinda what I have in mind but even this is kinda spendy for me right now




    Hopefully I will get to use my new 9600GSO vid card from EVGA and keep the non essential upgrade stuff like HD, Optical, Case, and Power supply which I just replaced for this


    Any thoughts on this build? I dont game and dont do nothin crazy I just like to have a super fast computer for start up and running multiple programs.
  12. Every thing looks good but the memory.
    The board only supports DDR3 and your link is to DDR2.

    Here is some compatible DDR3 for the same price.
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
  13. Oh thanks man, its been a while since ive done a build. Twenty five years old and im feeling out dated already thanks for the save man!
  14. Your new system should walk circles around your old system.
    You might think about this triple core AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz it is only $15 more.

    Here is a good review on it.
  15. Well I gotta try to weight the longevity of this thing, I was hoping my last comp would last me more then five years but that looks like the cap on these things regardless of how you build them or use them. If the CPU I have will work im gonna stay with that cause like I said Im on a budget and I spend way to much money on computers as it is.

    What I really want is this...


    But this too will have to wait in lieu of funding.
  16. The AMD Athlon II X2 250 will be a great upgrade and will perform a lot better then your AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+.
    Good luck, and enjoy the new rig. [:bohleyk:1]
  17. Im sure I will I will post up when its done! Thanks for your help
  18. No problem.
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