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Bios Startup Beep Error Codes

Beep codes are used by the BIOS during the POST to report certain initial system errors.

 

If you're hearing beep codes after you turn your computer on, it typically means that the system has encountered some kind of problem before it was able to display any kind of error information on the monitor.

 

Follow the steps below to determine what system problem the beep code is representing.

  • Power on the computer or restart it if it's already on.
  • Listen very carefully to the beep codes that sound when the computer begins to boot
  • Restart your computer if you need to hear the beeping again. You're not likely to make whatever problem you have worse by restarting a few times.
  • Write down, in whatever way makes sense to you, how the beeps sound. Pay close attention to the number of beeps, if the beeps are long or short and if the beeping repeats or not. There is a big difference between a "beep-beep-beep" beep code and a "beep-beep" beep code.

This is all important information that will help determine what issue the beep codes are representing.

 

What steps you take to solve a particular beep code will differ depending on the BIOS manufacturer.

 

Choose the correct beep code troubleshooting guide below based on your motherboard's BIOS manufacturer:

 

AMI Beep Code Troubleshooting (AMIBIOS)

Award Beep Code Troubleshooting (AwardBIOS)

Phoenix Beep Code Troubleshooting (PhoenixBIOS)

 

AMI Beep Code Troubleshooting (AMIBIOS)

AMIBIOS beep codes are short, sound in quick succession, and usually sound immediately after powering on the PC

 

1 Beep - A single beep from an AMI based BIOS means there has been a memory refresh timer error. The solution is often to replace the RAM in the computer.

 

2 Beeps - Two beeps means there has been a parity error in base memory. This is an issue with the first 64KB block of memory in your RAM. The solution is usually to replace the memory.

 

3 Beeps - Three beeps means there has been a base memory read/write test error. Replacing the RAM usually solves this AMI beep code.

 

4 Beeps - Four beeps means that the motherboard timer is not working properly. A hardware failure with an expansion card or the motherboard itself could be the cause of this beep code.

 

5 Beeps - Five beeps means there has been a processor error. A damaged expansion card, the CPU, or the motherboard could be prompting this AMI beep code.

 

6 Beeps - Six beeps means that there has been an 8042 Gate A20 test error. This beep code is usually caused by an expansion card that has failed or the motherboard that is no longer working.

 

7 Beeps - Seven beeps indicates a general exception error. This AMI beep code could be caused by an expansion card problem, a motherboard hardware issue, or a damaged CPU. Replacing the faulty hardware usually fixes the cause of this beep code.

 

8 Beeps - Eight beeps means that there has been an error with the display memory. This beep code is usually caused by a faulty video card. Replacing the video card usually clears this up.

 

9 Beeps - Nine beeps means that there has been an AMIBIOS ROM checksum error. Literally, this would indicate an issue with the BIOS chip on the motherboard. However, since replacing a BIOS chip is sometimes impossible, this AMI BIOS issue is usually corrected by replacing the motherboard.

 

10 Beeps - Ten beeps means that there has been a CMOS shutdown register read/write error. This beep code is usually caused by a hardware issue with the AMI BIOS chip. A motherboard replacement will usually solve this problem, although it could be caused by a damaged expansion card in rare situations.

 

11 Beeps - Eleven beeps means that the cache memory test has failed. Some piece of failing hardware is usually to blame for this AMI BIOS beep code.

 

Award Beep Code Troubleshooting (AwardBIOS)

AwardBIOS beep codes sound in quick succession and usually immediately after powering on the PC.

 

1 Short Beep - A single, short beep from an Award based BIOS is actually an "all systems clear" notification. In other words, this is a beep code you want to hear and that you've probably been hearing each time your computer comes on since the day you purchased it. No troubleshooting necessary!

 

1 Long Beep, 2 Short Beeps - One long beep followed by two short beeps indicates that there has been some kind of error with the video card. Replacing the video card is usually the most you'll have to do to fix this one.

 

1 Long Beep, 3 Short Beeps - One long beep followed by three short beeps means that either the video card isn't installed or the memory on the video card is bad. Reseating or replacing the video card will typically fix the cause of this Award beep code.

 

1 High Pitched Beep, 1 Low Pitched Beep (Repeating) - A repeating high pitched / low pitched beep pattern is an indication of some kind of CPU problem. The CPU could be overheating or malfunctioning in some other way.

 

1 High Pitched Beep (Repeating) - A single, repeating, high pitched beeping sound means that the CPU is overheating. You'll need to figure out why the CPU is getting too hot before this Award beep code will go away - Important: Turn your computer off immediately if you hear this beep code. The longer your CPU is running hot, the higher the chance that you'll permanently damage this expensive part of your system.

 

All Other Beep Codes - Any other beep code pattern you hear means that there has been some kind of memory problem. Replacing your RAM is the most you'll need to do to fix this problem

 

Phoenix Beep Code Troubleshooting (PhoenixBIOS)

PhoenixBIOS beep codes are short, sound in quick succession, and usually sound immediately after powering on the PC

 

1 Beep - A single beep from a Phoenix based BIOS is actually an "all systems clear" notification. Technically, it's an indication that the Power On Self Test is complete. No troubleshooting necessary!

 

1 Long Beep, 2 Short Beeps - One long beep followed by two short beeps indicates that there has been a checksum error. This means that there is some kind of motherboard issue. Replacing the motherboard should fix this problem.

 

1-2-2-3 beep code pattern means that there has been a BIOS ROM checksum error. Literally, this would indicate an issue with the BIOS chip on the motherboard. Since replacing a BIOS chip is often not possible, this Phoenix BIOS issue is usually corrected by replacing the entire motherboard.

 

1-3-1-1 beep code pattern on a PhoenixBIOS system means that there has been an issue while testing the DRAM refresh. This could be a problem with the system memory, an expansion card, or the motherboard.

 

1-3-1-3 beep code pattern means that the 8742 keyboard controller test has failed. This usually means that there is a problem with the currently connected keyboard but it could also indicate a motherboard issue

 

1-3-1-1 beep code pattern on a PhoenixBIOS system means that there is some kind of issue with the RAM. Replacing the system memory usually fixes this problem.

 

1-3-1-1 beep code pattern indicates some kind of issue with the memory. Replacing the RAM is the usual recommendation for solving this problem.

 

1-4-1-1 beep code pattern on a PhoenixBIOS system means that there is an issue with the system memory. Replacing the RAM usually fixes this problem.

 

2-1-2-3 beep code pattern means that there has been a BIOS ROM error, meaning an issue with the BIOS chip on the motherboard. This Phoenix BIOS issue is usually corrected by replacing the motherboard.

 

2-2-3-1 Beep Code Pattern - A 2-2-3-1 beep code pattern on a PhoenixBIOS system means that there has been an issue while testing hardware related to IRQs. This could be a hardware or misconfiguration problem with an expansion card or some kind of motherboard failure.