PC Won't Boot - 3 Beeps on Startup

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  1. Johno75

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    Hi Guys,

    Just tying to help my parents with their PC. it Gives 3 Beeps When Powered on and won't boot to bios or anything. I have read that it is probably a RAM fault? There are 4 RAM slots and the clips that hold the RAM in place on the first slot are broken. I have tried 3 or 4 sticks of RAM in each of the 4 slots and still can't get it to boot. I think that the first slot (with the broken clips) need RAM in there to enable booting but nothign I do seems to work.

    Any suggestions on what I can do as I really need to get it working.

    Cheers
    Johno
     
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    Specs of the PC please?

    Try with just one stick of RAM in a slot for starters.

    3 beeps from my experience (although it may be different depending on the motherboard) is a graphics error. If the computer has a graphics card, re-seat that.
     
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    Find the details of the motherboard and google what three beeps mean.

    As per below it will probably be the graphics card.
     
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    From memory it's an Intel motherboard and I don't think it has a graphics card just onboard from memory. I'll check again when I go back tomorrow.

    I have tried 4 different memory sticks by themselves and still get the beeps and no boot.
     
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    No it won't matter which slots you use. Don't use the one with broken clips.

    3 beeps that repeat can mean a CPU problem. Do the beeps continue or just run once?
     
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    The beeps just run once.
     
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    Take a picture of the mobo and post (specifically any model/serial numbers) if you can't attain what the make and model is so it can be googled.
     
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    does it sounds like all 3 beeps are the same? or is the first one longer then the second and third?

    If so, (1 long, 2 short for a total of 3 beeps) then it generally indicates a graphics fault. 3 long beeps, is a Ram/Memory Failure.
     
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    Mobo details?
     
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    Here's a photo of the motherboard which hopefully gives model number etc [​IMG]
     
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    865 chipset, getting old now - 478 P4?

    remove all RAM and power up the machine, if the same thing happens you have confirmed RAM beeps.

    In all honesty - start the you need to replace this PC conversation with them, that is most likely a 10 year old PC with DDR and Windows XP.

    As above, Intel had a bunch of boards in this generation that had blown caps all over the shop (normally around the CPU socket).
     
  13. GoneFishin22

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    Agree with JoolzD.

    The bulging caps will be quite obvious and can be the cause of many different issues.

    Pg. 129 of that manual is of interest to you and has the BIOS codes.
    3-First 64 KB memory failure

    Can you take a picture of the whole mobo so we can see the caps and everything else?
     
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