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Old 12-01-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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I have an unusual issue and am not sure that I have a problem.

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Win XP SP3 - with all updates
Intel Core 2 Duo 6600
MSI P965 Platinum MB
AMI BIOS ID String - 64-0100-000001-00101111-010507-Broadwater

I don't have any consistent problem. However, occasionally on shutdown, I'll get a Windows error telling me that Explorer has an error and must shut down. I click OK, then shut down again and all is well. Today, the computer wouldn't boot. I got into Safe mode, and did a system restore and all was well.

However, this caused me to, listen for the BIOS beep codes. I'm getting 1 beep, pause, 2 beeps, pause 1 beep. The AMI beep codes don't list this combination but they document 1 long and 3 short as a "Conventional/Extended memory failure". Just in case, I ran Memtest86 and got no failures.

Any idea what this beep code means?
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:02 PM   #2
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This may help or may not. Memtest is more accurate with one stick of ram installed when testing then you swap sticks after testing the previous ram for several passes.

Are you sure the beeps are what you got? and they werent more than that? If they were more than that try another video card if you can.
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greenbrucelee,
Thank-you for the reply.

I'm absolutely sure that the beep code is 1-2-1. I even recorded it and played it back many times just to make sure.

Re Memtest86....
I have 2GB of DDR2 RAM on one stick.

I've never paid much attention to the info on the POST screen until now. I see the following message:
"The MCH is operating with DDR2 CL5/Trcd5/Trp5/Tras15."
I believe that MCH means Memory Controller Hub and I have DDR2 RAM so the message doesn't sound ominous.
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AMI Bios codes:
1 short - DRAM refresh failure
2 short - Parity circuit failure
3 short - Base 64K RAM failure
4 short - System timer failure
5 short - Process failure
6 short - Keyboard controller Gate A20 error
7 short - Virtual mode exception error
8 short - Display memory Read/Write test failure
9 short - ROM BIOS checksum failure
10 short - CMOS shutdown Read/Write error
11 short - Cache Memory error
1 long, 3 short - Conventional/Extended memory failure
1 long, 8 short - Display/Retrace test failed



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Description
1 short DRAM refresh failure The programmable interrupt timer or programmable interrupt controller has probably failed
2 short Memory parity error A memory parity error has occurred in the first 64K of RAM. The RAM IC is probably bad
3 short Base 64K memory failure A memory failure has occurred in the first 64K of RAM. The RAM IC is probably bad
4 short System timer failure The system clock/timer IC has failed or there is a memory error in the first bank of memory
5 short Processor error The system CPU has failed
6 short Gate A20 failure The keyboard controller IC has failed, which is not allowing Gate A20 to switch the processor to protected mode. Replace the keyboard controller
7 short Virtual mode processor exception error The CPU has generated an exception error because of a fault in the CPU or motherboard circuitry
8 short Display memory read/write error The system video adapter is missing or defective
9 short ROM checksum error The contents of the system BIOS ROM does not match the expected checksum value. The BIOS ROM is probably defective and should be replaced
10 short CMOS shutdown register read/write error The shutdown for the CMOS has failed
11 short Cache error The L2 cache is faulty
1 long, 2 short Failure in video system An error was encountered in the video BIOS ROM, or a horizontal retrace failure has been encountered
1 long, 3 short Memory test failure A fault has been detected in memory above 64KB
1 long, 8 short Display test failure The video adapter is either missing or defective
2 short POST Failure One of the hardware testa have failed
1 long POST has passed all tests
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Thank-you joeten & Tyree,

However, I do have the AMI beep codes that you have provided.

My quandary is that my observed beep codes of 1-2-1 don't match the codes listed and am asking is anyone has any suggestions as to what this may be.
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If the codes aren't listed per your Bios there's not much we can do to assist.
You could contact MSI and inquire about that beep series.



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BIOS beep codes.
Author Svet on 24 February, 2012 | Print | Bookmark
I see many users to confused on BIOS beep codes, so ill create a new topic with them (i search the forum for a topic like this but i didn't find anything, but if this topic exists just delete mine.)

AMI BIOS:
1 beep - System boot successfull
*1beep - Refresh failure - (NO VIDEO) memory refresh failure (bad memory)
2 beeps - Parity error - bad memory
3 beeps - Base 64K memory failure - bad memory
4 beeps - Timer not operational - bad motherboard
5 beeps - Processor error - bad processor
6 beeps - 8042 gate A20 failure - bad cpu or mainboard
7 beeps - Processor exception interput error - bad processor
8 beeps - Display memory read/write failure - bad video card or memory
9 beeps - ROM checksum error - bad BIOS
10 beeps - CMOS shutdown register read/write error - bad motherboard
11 beeps - Cache memory bad - bad CPU or motherboard
12 beeps - BIOS rom file incorrect size - The BIOS ROM file found does not match the size of the flash device
13 beeps - BIOS rom image mismatch - The BIOS ROM file layout configuration does not match image present in the flash device
5 short + 1 long beeps - Memory error - No memory detected in the memory slots.
6 short + 1 long beeps - Memory error - EDO memory detected in system
7 short + 1 long beeps - SMBUS error

AWARD BIOS:
1 short - System boot successfull
2 short - CMOS setting error
1 long 1 short - DRAM or M/B error
1 long 2 short - Monitor or display card error
1 long 3 short - Keyboard error
1 long 9 short - BIOS ROM error
*repeated beeps - DRAM error
*repeated short beeps - Power error
*Repeated high & low beeps - Processor is damaged/Overheated

PHOENIX BIOS:
1 - 1 - 2 CPU / motherboard failure Bad CPU / motherboard
1 - 1 - 3 CMOS read/write failure Bad motherboard
1 - 1 - 4 BIOS ROM failure Bad BIOS chip
1 - 2 - 1 Timer failure Bad motherboard
1 - 2 - 2 DMA failure Bad motherboard
1 - 2 - 3 DMA failure Bad motherboard
1 - 3 - 1 Memory refresh failure Bad memory
1 - 3 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
1 - 3 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
1 - 3 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
1 - 4 - 1 Address line failure Bad memory
1 - 4 - 2 Parity error Bad memory
1 - 4 - 3 Timer failure Bad motherboard
1 - 4 - 4 NMI port failure Bad motherboard
2 - 1 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 1 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 1 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 1 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 2 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 2 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 2 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 2 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 3 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 3 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 3 - 3 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 3 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 4 - 1 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 4 - 2 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 4 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
2 - 4 - 4 64K memory failure Bad memory
3 - 1 - 1 Slave DMA failure Bad motherboard
3 - 1 - 2 Master DMA failure Bad motherboard
3 - 1 - 3 Interrupt controller failure Bad motherboard
3 - 1 -4 Slave IC failure Bad motherboard
3 - 2 -2 Interrupt Controller failure Bad motherboard
3 - 2 - 3 <RESERVED>
3 - 2 - 4 Keyboard control failure Bad motherboard
3 - 3 - 1 CMOS batter failure Bad CMOS battery
3 - 3 - 2 CMOS configuration error Incorrect setting
3 - 3 - 3 <RESERVED>
3 - 3 - 4 Video memory failure Bad video card or memory
3 - 4 - 1 Video init failure Bad video card or memory
4 - 2 - 1 Timer failure Bad motherboard
4 - 2 - 2 CMOS shutdown failure Bad motherboard
4 - 2 - 3 Gate A20 failure Bad motherboard
4 - 2 - 4 Unexpected interrupt Bad processor
4 - 3 - 1 RAM test failure Bad memory
4 - 3 - 3 Timer failure Bad motherboard
4 - 3 - 4 RTC failure Bad motherboard
4 - 4 - 1 Serial port failure Bad motherboard
4 - 4 - 2 Parallel port failure Bad motherboard
4 - 4 - 3 Coprocessor failure Bad motherboard or CPU.
9 - 2 - 1 Video adapter incompatibility Use a different brand of video card

NEC:

0200 - failure fixed disk
0210 - stuck key - reconnect keyboard
0211 - keyboard error - reconnect keyboard
0212 - keyboard controller failed - reconnect & restart.
0213 - Keyboard locked
0220 - Monitor type does not match - Start the setup
0230 - System RAM failed at offset
0231 - >> >> >>
0232 - Extended memory failed in address line
0233 - Memory mixing detected
0234 - Single bit ECC error
0235 - Multiple bit ECC error occured
0250 - System battery dead.
0251 - bad CMOS checksum
0260 - System timer error
0270 - Real time clock error.
0271 - check date and time setting
02B0 - A:\ error.
02B2 - A:\ incorrect
02D0 - system cache error cache disabled.
0B1B - PCI System error on bus/device/function
0B1C - >> >> >>
0B30 - FAN1 error
0B31 - FAN2 error
0B22 - Expasion ROM not initialize
0B50 - CPU #1 with error taken off line.
0B51 - CPU #2 with error taken off line.
0B5F - Forced to use cpu with error.
0B60 - DIMM group #1 disabled.
0B61 - DIMM group #2 disabled.
0B62 - DIMM group #3 disabled.
0B63 - DIMM group #4 disabled.
0B6F - DIMM group with error is enabled.
0B70 - The error occured during temp sensor reading.
0B75 - System voltage out of the range
0B7C - The error occured during fan sensor reading.
0BB0 - SMBIOS - SROM data read error.
0BB1 - SMBIOS - SROM bad checksum
0BD0 - 1st SMBUS device address not acknowledged
0BD1 - 1st SMBUS error detected
0BD2 - 1st SMBUS time out
0CC0 - ROMPilot reportserror number xx
Expansion rom not initialized
Invalid system configuration data
System configuration data read error
Resource confict
System configuration data write error
Warning: irq not configured
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Still no 1-2-1 code. I would again suggest contacting MSI.



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Only the phoenix show that as a option so I agree time to ask MSI
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