Computer Freezes and Sometimes Beeps

By jrunser ·
Ok, my question is... my computer will beep every once in a while. When it does, it beeps consecutivley for about 3 second beeps with about 5 seconds between. It is an Award BIOS. Other times though it will start up, but freezes within 30 seconds to 5 minutes. When I run it in safe mode though, it works great. I just need some help!!!!!! thanks!!!!

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See how you go with this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Computer Freezes and Some ...

Check the memory.

You can test the memory by running Windows Memory Diagnostic that can be downloaded from If problems are found check the steps below.

Reseat The Memory

Start by turning off the power to the PC from the wall and remove the power lead from the PC. Remembering to ground yourself by getting into a position that will allow you to access the components without moving your feet and putting the back of your hand on the PSU after you have removed the PC's Cover. By not taking this precaution it is possible that you could inadvertantly cause damage to the PC from an electrostatic discharge. Disconnect the 20-24 pin power connector from the motherboard. Reinsert the 20-24 pin power connector to the motherboard. Remove the Memory and clean the golden edge of the cards with a soft rubber/eraser, remembering not to touch the golden edge.

Check with one stick at a time, remembering to disconnect the power from the PC.

Also check Capacitors around the CPU for swelling or bulging.

Edit: to add the eraser

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Well here Award is a Problem

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Computer Freezes and Some ...

Because we need to know who the M'Board Maker and it's Model Number is so that we can tell you what those Beeps are attempting to tell you.

Here is a Entry from Bios Man about Award BIOS Beeps


The only AwardBIOS beep code indicates that a video error has occurred and the BIOS cannot initialize the video screen to display any additional information. This beep code consists of a single long beep followed by two short beeps. Any other beeps are probably memory problems.

Award BIOS outputs some screen errors. View them here: Award BIOS Screen errors.

For diagnosing an Award BIOS problem, beep codes are not that useful. POST codes are. You will need a POST card to detect these codes. When you purchase a POST card from BIOSMAN, you will also receive a manual of all the POST codes for AMI, Award and Phoenix BIOS.

Visit PowerOnSelfTest for more information on POST codes.

See the full text and Links here

But with the little information available I would be looking at your Video Card not being correctly fitted to the M'Board here or a Problem with it's settings if you have On Board Video.

With quite a few AGP Video Cards even a slight amount of movement will be sufficient to stop the system from working and every time if that is the problem just removing and refitting the Video Card is sufficient to cure the problem well at least till the computer is moved again.


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