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System Beeping, What Does It Mean?


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#1 joyce54tx

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 10:59 AM

Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/520380/computer-occasionally-beeps-after-waking-it-up-from-sleep/ - Hamluis.

 

My computer beeps 3 times, pauses and keeps beeping 3 times and pausing at start-up- no screen appears- just beeping. Has anyone else experienced this? It is a Dell Vistro computer


Edited by hamluis, 12 January 2014 - 11:12 AM.
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Posted 12 January 2014 - 11:53 AM

Likely a memory problem. Try reseating the memory. Another quick check if you have more than one memory stick, is to remove

one at a time. If no beeps then the one not installed is the problem.


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 12:27 PM

What is the make and model of this computer?

 

If you have the user's manual, you should be able to find a list of the beep codes.  If you don't have the user's manual I can find the beep codes if you provide the make and model of this computer.


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 06:50 PM

Perhaps you meant Dell Vostro?

 

Need model name and number (i.e., Dell Vostro 420) to lookup Beep Codes.



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 01:05 PM

Is the power switch light amber in color and blinking?

 

I found the beep coeds for the Dell Vostro computers with single digit beep codes.  Three beeps, a pause and then three beeps in a continuous cycle indicates North and South Bridge failure (motherboard), or time of day failure (CMOS battery needs replacing), or a Gate A20 failure (a motherboard keyboard chip controller failure), or a Super I/O Chip failure (interfaces with the South Bridge chip).

 

It looks like there is a problem with the motherboard.

 

Edit:  Edited to correct spelling of Vostro.


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:27 PM

It's DELL VOSTRO and the BEEP CODES differ by model and year of manufacture. We need the specific Dell Vostro Model to accurately diagnose any beeps the user is hearing.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:40 AM

There is the possibility that I am mistaken, but to the best of my knowledge the Dell Vostro uses two types of beep codes.

 

Type 1.  These utilizes a single beep evenly spaced, these range from one single beep to seven single beeps.  Ex.:  1 beep, 2 beeps, 3 beeps, etc.  These beep codes can be seen at this Dell website

 

Type 2.  These use a combinations of sets of three beeps.  Ex.:  1-1-2, 1-1-3, 1-1-4, 1-2-1 through 1-2-4, 1-3-1 through 1-3-4, 1-4-1 through 1-4-4, 2-1-1 through 2-1-4, etc.  These beep codes can be seen at this Dell website.

 

Since joyce54tx posted that the computer beeps 3 times without any indication of any pattern it would be logical to assume that the beep codes would fall under the Type 1 category.


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 05:47 PM

Unfortunatelly I have a Toshiba Satellite with Windows Vista.

I have lots of games in my  laptop but I also use it for work.

My laptop beeps now and then.

I started having problerms with my games, and after several hours and days dealing with unskilled  so called "techs", I finally could talk with some real techs.

They found out that my laptop OVERHEATS BIG TIME, especially playing games, or  using HTML5 programs for design.  That causes the computer to slow down until is freezes completely. They said that eventually it will stop working and die.

I heard those beeps many times while playing games especially. I asume that your computer is trying to warn you: hey, I'm overheating or too much effort to process. Shut me down or I will die in minutes,

It if helps you, design programs and games seem to need lots of processing and you can hear you computer fan making weird noises.

The overheating of Vista is one of the reasons Microsoft dropped Vista for good: no real fix for it.

I recommend that when you hear the beep, shut you computer down for sometime until you can feel your computer is cold again.






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