When your computer beeps, it means that an error has occurred in the hardware . BIOS recognizes internal errors and sends signals in the form of beep sounds, indicating the location of the problem in the hardware. When you start your computer and hear strange beeps in the boot up process, it means trouble. It would be good to understand what the beeps mean. When your computer starts-up to perform a power-on self test or 'POST', then the booting problems are diagnosed with error codes displayed on the monitor. The computer architecture uses beeps to indicate an error in a number of patterns and timings of beeps when nothing is displayed on the monitor. Every BIOS has a unique code of beep. BIOS manufactures AMI and Award (now Phoenix) signal different codes for similar errors.
It is not uncommon to get some beep sounds while starting your computer, and they correspond to different errors that can occur with your hardware. Below you will find a list of the most common errors and what they refer to.
How to recognize the beep errors
Very short beep
This problem is linked to your motherboard. It can also mean that you are facing a problem with your system memory (BIOS AWARD)
Long beep followed by three sequential short beeps.
This issue is linked to your graphics card configurations.
Short beep followed by three sequential long beeps
You are facing a system memory problem.
Beep, pause, beep, pause, two sequential beeps
This error is linked to your CPU.
Three beeps, pause, three beeps, pause, four beeps
You have an issue with the video memory.
One long beep and nine short
Problem with the ROM (Bios AWARD).
Three beeps, pause, four beeps, pause, beep
This is linked to an error with your graphics card.
Four beeps, pause, three beeps, pause, beep
You have a system memory problem.
Five short beeps
You are facing a problem with your CPU.
Long constant beeps
It's a system memory problem.
If your PC beeps after the OS has been launched, it may be due to the fact that your CPU is overheating and that could be a serious matter.
Additional information about the BIOS
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