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By computab ·
Compaq Presario X1000. When this system starts up it gives a series of beeps, about 35, but almost too quick to count. There is a short delay after the first and about halfway, and the rest are quick. When the Windows XP loading screen comes on the beeps stop, and the system otherwise loads normally. What is the cause of the beeps, is it a short circuit or a hardware fault or what?

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by mjd420nova In reply to startup error

Multiple beeps usually signifies a memory fault.
This could be either in the video memory or
system ram. Because it continues to boot says
the video maybe the fault, and a close check
should be made. Check the video card on the
system tools, device driver to be sure it sees
all of the video that's supposed to be resident
on the card. Another reason could be a stuck key
on the keyboard, possibly a function key that
doesn't represent a character.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to startup error

There is another possibility as well.

Once I built an AMD and it would do this though it worked perfectly and drove me nuts trying to fix it or at least stop the beeping. About 1 month latter a newer BIOS was released which cured the problem but it was a real pain in the meantime.

There is also the possibility that there is some alarm set in BIOS that is malfunctioning on some Server Boards I've seen the same thing happen with CPU Overheat alarms and I don't have a cure for this they just suddenly start acting this way without a reason it could just be to let you know that the internal speaker is still working but when I run into this I just turn off Alarms one at a time until it stops and then go back and turn the others back on just so you have some warning if something goes wrong.

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