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BIOS Beeps - Random Freezings

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June 30, 2012 4:51:26 PM

I made a topic yesterday concerning a few computer problems I have. At random intervals, whether's it's during actual computer time, during startup, during system repairs, during the BIOS, the computer would lock up, freeze, and refuse to do anything. Sometimes it wouldn't freeze up for a few hours, and sometimes it would happen ten seconds in.

A friend pointed me to this link:

And in it it said:

1 long, 3 short - Conventional/Extended memory failure

What does this mean? Is this the reason for my sudden crashes, or is it some other hardware problem (I'm leaning towards a faulty motherboard)?

Here are my specs:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i3 2100 @ 3.10GHz 27 °C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-25)
MSI H67MS-E43 (MS-7678) (SOCKET 0) 28 °C
LCD TV (1366x768@29Hz)
AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
Hard Drives
733GB Seagate ST3750640NS ATA Device (SATA) 27 °C
Optical Drives
ASUS DRW-24B1ST c ATA Device
AMD High Definition Audio Device

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a c 141 à CPUs
June 30, 2012 4:54:53 PM

I would try to test the RAM. How many sticks of RAM do you have? I would also download Memtest 86+ and run it. It will check for RAM errors.
June 30, 2012 5:55:21 PM

That or a faulty memory bank in your mobo. You can only tell by testing your RAM sticks on another computer and the other way round (good working RAM sticks on your mobo).

Good luck.
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June 30, 2012 5:59:30 PM

notlim981 said:
That or a faulty memory bank in your mobo. You can only tell by testing your RAM sticks on another computer and the other way round (good working RAM sticks on your mobo).

Good luck.

Not really all you have to do is test one stick at a time or if you have a dual memory channel test it one pair at a time. Either way you'll be able to troubleshoot and figure out if it's the ram stick(s) or one of the memory slots.
June 30, 2012 6:24:25 PM

Actually, while I was watching a few videos on YouTube, I noticed that it STARTS with a long beep, followed by three short beeps.

On my computer, it's three brief beeps, followed by a longer one (Not really sustained; just not as quick) before the computer loads up the OS and continues on its way.

Is that the same?

I also forgot the mention that the BIOS is broken and distorted, which has led me to believe that it's faulty. =/
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June 30, 2012 6:37:12 PM

No you have to look up your motherboard on the manufactures website and look up what the beep codes stand for. Or call the manufacture and ask them.
June 30, 2012 7:19:50 PM

Okay, two things:

My BIOS wasn't broken after all. It's just that my LCD TV stretched it out so far that it was hardly functional.

And I did what you guys told me to do and tested the RAM sticks one by one. One works. The other doesn't. That's a step in a good direction. =) I'll get back to you with a few more tests.
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June 30, 2012 7:37:27 PM

Ok now if you can get into Windows without having a BSoD run memtest 86+ and see what it comes up with. One of your memory modules are probably bad and have to be replaced.
June 30, 2012 8:01:40 PM

Yeah, one of them is bad, but even though I've removed it (Other is functional), my computer is still freezing. =/

If it helps, it doesn't freeze at all during Safe Mode. XD

I may have to replace the motherboard and the RAM. If those two aren't the problem, then it may be the harddrive... God knows...
June 30, 2012 8:04:17 PM

You must have probably gotten a corrupted/broken system file that is not being loaded on safe mode. IF that is the case, a reinstall could solve your problem

Good luck.
July 1, 2012 7:33:40 AM

Best answer selected by GigaDager.
July 1, 2012 7:34:27 AM

Thanks for the help, guys! It turned out that both sticks of RAM were faulty and had to be replaced.
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July 1, 2012 11:18:15 AM

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