I have an M2A-VM motherboard and stupidly as it turns out especially as I'm an IT professional and should know better, I decided to up rate my memory using memory from a donor machine, now here comes the stupid part, I looked at the RAM and thought that looks right without checking whether it was DDR2, it wasn't. I installed it, powered on the machine and got 1 beep [long] 2 [short] repeating, so I removed the offending RAM. But I'm still getting the 1 beep [long] 2 [short] repeating, and all I did was install that one RAM stick. So I investigated the beep codes for my AWARD bios and this is the closest I can find:
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.
But it cannot be the graphics card as I hadn't touched it and its brand new less than 2 weeks old but I removed and reseated it, just in case but the error reoccurred, so I tried other things without success including:
- Reseating the original RAM
- Installing a new PSU
- Removing the graphics card completely
- Disconnecting everything apart from the CPU fan and CPU power connector
- In desperation even removed the four pin out black and yellow CPU power cable and that's the only thing that stop the beeping
The only thing a haven't tried is reseating the Processor and Fan, but that seems to be major overkill, as it was working perfectly prior to this. There is power getting to the MB, the fans spin, the drives flash, but I cannot find the cause of the error beeps and its driving me
Have I managed to fry my memory or god forbidden the processor?