There are only seven possible beeps, so I'm wondering if you are hearing four beeps repeated.
Four beeps indicates a problem with the RAM. Look at the motherboard in the area around the RAM module/s for scorch marks. Can you smell burnt electronics inside the case?
Can you boot into Safe Mode? Start tapping F8 as soon as you turn on the computer. A black screen with choices for Safe Mode and other advanced boot options should open.
If you can boot into Safe Mode try running Memtest86.
If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option AB.
If you have only one RAM stick installed...
1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-....iso.zip
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-....iso
4. Download, and install ImgBurn
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn
, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file...
8. Locate memtest86+-....iso
file, and click Open
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:
10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run.
The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:
It's recommended to run 5-6 passes
. Each pass contains very same 8 tests
This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.
The following image is the test results area:
The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.
Edited by dc3, 27 November 2010 - 08:09 PM.