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aka:PBS
06-04-2008, 07:22 PM
All right puter geeks I have a question. I just got done building a puter......(250 gig HD.........3 gig mem). I plugged it in and ass soon as it started to power up,it started to make high/low beeps. I looked on line and from what i can find it says that the memory is not installed. The mem is installed. Any suggestions oh mighty puter geeks?

Jumpy
06-04-2008, 08:02 PM
All right puter geeks I have a question. I just got done building a puter......(250 gig HD.........3 gig mem). I plugged it in and ass soon as it started to power up,it started to make high/low beeps. I looked on line and from what i can find it says that the memory is not installed. The mem is installed. Any suggestions oh mighty puter geeks?

Is it possible that the memory is defective? And obviously you have checked to be sure it is seated securely, and compatible with your machine.

That is all I have to offer. I've thought about building my own puter, but am skeered to try.

raiderguy8
06-04-2008, 08:16 PM
This will look silly in print but is it like a steady chirping noise or is it like alternating tones like a French police car, dee-doo, dee-doo? Also, does it come on within just a few seconds of turning it on or does it wait a bit before sounding?

If it is right away it most likely is memory related. Could be bad memory. It is possible it is bad right out of the package. Also, as stated above, make sure it is seated and flush in the sockets in the motherboard. It should snap into place and the little arms on the end should be "grasping" it in the notches on the memory.

wilbur
06-04-2008, 08:28 PM
As others have said, it is most likely the memory. Getting bad memory right out of the box isnt all that uncommon, RAM generally has a high rate of defectiveness.

Or could be you got the wrong kind/size etc for your motherboard. Double check that.

aka:PBS
06-04-2008, 08:40 PM
This will look silly in print but is it like a steady chirping noise or is it like alternating tones like a French police car, dee-doo, dee-doo? Also, does it come on within just a few seconds of turning it on or does it wait a bit before sounding?

If it is right away it most likely is memory related. Could be bad memory. It is possible it is bad right out of the package. Also, as stated above, make sure it is seated and flush in the sockets in the motherboard. It should snap into place and the little arms on the end should be "grasping" it in the notches on the memory.

It sounds like a french cop car. As soon as I plug it in,the CPU fan kicks on. It runs for a second and starts to beep.

raiderguy8
06-04-2008, 09:07 PM
I would return that memory for a full refund or exchange.

jediab
06-04-2008, 11:15 PM
If you have 3 gigs then you most likely have more than 1 stick. If the memory is bad, try 1 stick of memory installed at a time to see if you can pinpoint which one it is.

Also try other memory banks if possible. That will also eliminate the possibility that your motherboard is bad too.

Vepr
06-04-2008, 11:23 PM
Also make sure you have it all seated well. If just one stick is not seated fully you will have problems. Also if you are running XP remember that XP will only ever make use of 2 gigs (It should still post though) Vista will make use of all 3 gig (if it is needed). Also make sure you have all the power hooked up to the board. Remember there are two connections if it is a socket 775.

biccat
06-05-2008, 09:57 AM
Hm.. I wasn't aware of the "beeping=bad memory" thing. Thanks for the information.

Unfortunately it means that my motherboard is probably fried.

AlmostThere
06-05-2008, 10:54 AM
What motherboard, memory and video card are you using?

biccat
06-05-2008, 11:00 AM
What motherboard, memory and video card are you using?
The computer has worked fine since I bought it. We had a lightning storm recently and I think my surge protector wasn't up to par. I can get the splash screen, but can't enter the bios, and if I access the post screen, it only counts to 1 mb of RAM.

Since I'm getting a picture, I'm fairly certain that the video card is fine. Since I'm at least starting the boot sequence, the processor is probably fine. The only issue was between the RAM and Motherboard. Since I'm not getting a beeping, I'm guessing it's at least some part of the motherboard.

I already tried reseating the RAM and CMOS battery, no effect.

CUNewbie
06-05-2008, 11:35 AM
A series of beeps can mean issues with only the following:

01. ) RAM/memory incompatibility with the motherboard, defective sticks, not seated well in the slots or in the wrong slots/sequence. Refer to the motherboard manual to find out compatibility and placement.

02. ) Defective video card, incompatibility with the motherboard or not seated well in the slot.

03. ) Both of the above.

aka:PBS
06-06-2008, 08:16 PM
I found the problem.....................DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ordered the wrong ram. I ordered DRAM when I was supposed to order SDRAM. Now I am going to try and get it exchanged for the correct ram.