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AMI BIOS 1 Beep Error or Normal Boot?


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#1 Justa

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 09:16 AM

AMI lists 1 short beep as a DRAM refresh failure.

http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm#04

So during a normal boot on a machine with AMI BIOS you would hear no beep or would you expect to still expect to hear one short beep from the motherboard check?

And if you had a DRAM refresh failure would you hear one short beep or one short beep followed by another short beep during the boot process?

My confusion came when I saw a post yesterday from a member who had a laptop that did not beep prior to having boot problems and then after having problems he stated that he had a beep.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 11:44 AM

I have an AMI BIOS, and my pc always beeps once on startup, tad confusing that.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 11:50 AM

if you had a DRAM refresh failure would you hear one short beep or one short beep followed by another short beep during the boot process?

You would continue to get a single beep
I have 4 computers. One gives a post beep almost instantly, 2 take a minute, and the last one doesnt give one. Although I should see if the speaker is plugged into the motherboard
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#4 Justa

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 02:05 PM

Thanks for the replies. What seems strange is that if you have AMI bios you would expect one beep for a healthy boot but it could also mean a DRAM refresh failure. So if your machine doesn't boot properly with one beep it could mean a DRAM refresh failure or possibly another unrelated boot issue.

I wonder why they list it as a DRAM failure when it can also mean a normal boot.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 02:15 PM

I have an AMI BIOS on this system...as stated previously, one beep indicates that POST has completed successfully and the system is ready to boot.

Nothing to worry about.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 02:20 PM

Thanks Louis

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 05:10 PM

You would continue to get a single beep


What seems strange is that if you have AMI bios you would expect one beep for a healthy boot but it could also mean a DRAM refresh failure.

What garmanma is saying is that the error code would be a continually repeating single beep (beep, pause, beep, pause, beep), compared with the code for a different error which may be say 3 beeps (beep beep beep, pause, beep beep beep, etc).

A successful post is one beep and the system boots. With the refresh failure, the system can't boot and goes beep, beep, beep until it's turned off.

Edited by Platypus, 01 February 2009 - 05:11 PM.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 05:42 PM

Thanks Plat,
Now it makes perfect sense!




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