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3 Beep Motherboard (Ameritrends)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by CB4, Mar 29, 2010.

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  1. CB4

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    Okay, So, I get a frantic call from my mother at like 1am saying Windows is spitting out all these error messages and she "HAS" to get her email. So, I go over (yes, at 1:30a), and see all these error messages, so I reboot it and I hear 3 beeps (before the monitor comers on). I let it go and Windows doesn't boot, just sits at a black screen forever... Turns out, she's been impatient and continually hitting the power button if Windows didn't boot fast enough.... I get it to finally get into Windows, and saw "Write Delay Error to H:\" in the corner. I reboot, 3 beeps again, get into Windows, does it again. Then I Powered off. So, I disconnected all the Drives other than 1 dvd and the Windows hard drive. 3 Beeps. I power off again, remove a Ram chip, power on, 3 beeps. Remove a 2nd. 3 Beeps. Remove 3rd...Nothing. No Ram, No Beeps No Post. I (securely) Put a chip back in, turn it on, 3 beeps. Swapped it to another chip, same thing. Removed video card and swapped it with my gf's ... Same deal, 3 Beeps. Removed all PCI devices, powered up, 3 Beeps. Removed battery, re-inserted, 3 Beeps... So, to me, either the Ram chips are dead, or something poached the ram slots themselves... Anyone else have any ideas whatsoever? Right now, the system is running, with the 3-beep errors, it detects all the Ram and does boot into Windows...

    Side note: What the fudge was ATI thinking with those stupid square adapters for their video cards? (you know - 10 years ago, which is still in her system) =)

    System Summary:

    AMD 64 3000+
    Windows XP
    2GB RAM
    ASUS A8V AI series VIA K8T800pro+
     
  2. lawson_jl

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    A quick bit of googling lead me to this on the American Megatrends website.


    Explanation: There is a failure of some sort within the first 64 KB of system memory.
    Diagnosis: The first bank of memory probably has a bad memory chip in it somewhere. It is possible that there is a failure related to the motherboard or a system device as well.
     
  3. CB4

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    I saw that, but I guess my issue is, 3 different chips do it, and doesn't do it without RAM in it at all, but it doesn't post for crap after that. I guess in theory, either all my Ram is pooched, or all the slots are pooched.
     
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