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    Beeping Noise on Computer Start-up

    Whenever I turn on my computer, it "beeps" about five or six times during the Microsoft Windows screen, in which there are clouds, etc. There is definitely a problem. Does anyone know how I can go about fixing this error?

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    that's usually a bios error code, but that should happen before the bios hands control to the OS. does your motherboard manual say anything about it?
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    Well, it's unusual that your computer still starts up if you hear beep codes. Usually they are only used in fatal errors.

    You sure it isn't your microwave or beeper? Or maybe it's just Windows.

    Well, you probably won't have a motherboard manual unless you built the computer yourself, but check the BIOS error log by hitting F8 or whatever (it should say like "Hit __ to enter SETUP") and see if you can check it...or, call your computer manufacturer's tech support.

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    I thought the number of beeps normally told you what the error was (i.e. a fairly standard thing).

    Like one time I think I was installing ram and it was dodgy so it beeped a few times, or I was installing a HD and the power cables weren't plugged in correctly so it beeped a few more times.

    I would say it is definitely bios; check the website of your motherboard manufacturer for more info or for a flash upgrade.
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    those beeps are a bios issue. I don't have my reference book here that lists all the beep codes but I can look it up tonight and let you know then.
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    That would be great, kev. It would be most appreciated.

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    when you hear the beeps, press ESC key to get rid of the cloudy windows screen. This will get you back to the main black and white boot screen. Hopefully, some error message will be displayed
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    usually when I hear beeps, it's a memory problem
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    well, the motherboard manual i have here is pretty old, but the only 'beep' code is if your moniters not working

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    The beeps are a code. Sometimes Bios sometimes Video card malfunction, Ram dying. It should tell you in a detailed motherboard book. But the likelyhood of the end user actually having this book is a big no. I would first make sure everything is pushed in all the way - Ram, CPU, bios chip and all cards.

    It will also sometimes happen when a crack occurs on the MB (a small silkscreen wire breaking because of an overheat problem happens more often than the CPU buring out nowadays)

    Best thing to do is contact the MB maker or a local expert.

    Also each bios company has different standard for different bios. Award has one way of doing things while another company will do something entirely different.
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