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BIOS beep codes

Unless otherwise indicated, source for all known codes is Gigabyte FAQ (though that text seems to have been copied and pasted from some other source).

code meaning
1. AWARD BIOS
1 short beep System normal
2 short beeps CMOS Error
1 long beep and 1 short beep Memory error
1 long beep and 2 short beeps Graphic card error
1 long beep and 3 short beeps AGP error
1 long beep and 9 short beeps Memory Error
Continuous long beep Memory not correctly installed
Continuous short beeps Power supply unit failed
2. AMI BIOS
1 short beep Memory Error
2 short beeps Memory parity check error.
3 short beeps basic memory 64K address check error
4 short beeps Real Time Clock malfunction
5 short beeps CPU error
6 short beeps Keyboard error
7 short beeps CPU interruption error
8 short beeps Graphic card error
9 short beeps Memory error
10 short beeps CMOS error
11 short beeps CPU cache memory malfunction
UNKNOWN BIOS
4 long beeps, 1 short beep this turned out to be a RAM incompatibility issue
Other events: on-board LEDs light up, fan starts up; all go off after beep sequence; sequence repeats after a few seconds
There was something wrong with the particular brand of RAM; the specs were all correct. Replacing with a supported brand solved the problem.
3 beeps, pause, 8 beeps CPU compatibility issue[1]

Sources

  1. 2007-08-01, Tom's Hardware forum: SOLVED: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P beep codes

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