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    PCCHIPS power up problem (Beep codes)

    Help,
    I'm using a PCCHIPS m585lmr socket 7 motherboard with an
    AMD K6-2 400 MHz CPU with AWARD bios. When I turn on the
    power, It seems like the bios is reporting a failure
    with a constant beep no beep pattern for an error code
    which I can not seem to find any documentation on.
    When I press the reset switch, the error goes
    away and the system boots and operates fine. I have
    already replaced the motherboard with the
    same make and model number and seem to have the
    same problem. I have also replaced the power
    supply with no results. Can any one suggest what
    the problem may be. Thanks

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    The only time I have ever encountered a constant long beep like that is when I had short in the system.

    It wasn't until I removed the cable from the CD Drive and the MB, and removed the CD Drive itself that I got rid of it. I then replaced them and all was well.

    What you might try is removing all hardware that is unnecessary to boot (cables also) and then replace them one by one.

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    AMI-Bios

    Except for beep code #8, these codes are always fatal.
    1 beep Refresh failure
    2 beeps Parity error
    3 beeps Base 64K memory failure
    4 beeps Timer not operational
    5 beeps Processor error
    6 beeps 8042 - gate A20 failure
    7 beeps Processor exception interrupt error
    8 beeps Display memory read/write failure
    9 beeps ROM checksum error
    10 beeps CMOS shutdown register read/write error
    11 beeps Cache memory bad

    phoenixbios

    1-1-3 Your computer can't read the configuration information stored in the CMOS. Replace the motherboard.
    1-1-4 Your BIOS needs to be replaced.
    1-2-1 You have a bad timer chip on the motherboard; you need a new motherboard.
    1-2-2 The motherboard is bad.
    1-2-3 The motherboard is bad.
    1-3-1 The motherboard is bad.
    1-3-3 Same as AMI BIOS 2 beeps. Replace the motherboard.
    1-3-4 The motherboard is bad.
    1-4-1 The motherboard is bad.
    1-4-2 Some of your memory is bad.
    2-_-_ Any combination of beeps after two means that some of your memory is bad, and unless you want to get real technical, you should probably have the guys in the lab coats test the memory for you. Take your computer to the shop.
    3-1-_ One of the chips on your motherboard is broken. You'll likely need to get another board.
    3-2-4 Same as AMI BIOS 6 beeps: keyboard controller failure.
    3-3-4 Your computer can't find the video card. Is it there? If so, try swapping it with another one and see if it works.
    3-4-_ Your video card isn't working. You'll need to replace it.
    4-2-1 There's a bad chip on the motherboard. You need to buy another board.
    4-2-2 First, check the keyboard for problems. If there are none, you have a bad motherboard.
    4-2-3 See 4-2-2.
    4-2-4 One of the cards is bad. Try taking out the cards one by one to isolate the culprit. Replace the bad one. The last possibility is to buy another motherboard.
    4-3-1 Replace the motherboard.
    4-3-2 See 4-3-1
    4-3-3 See 4-3-1
    4-3-4 Time of day clock failure. Try running the setup program that comes with the computer, and check the date and time. If that doesn't work, replace the battery. If that doesn't work, replace the power supply. You may have to replace the motherboard, but that is rare.
    4-4-1 Your serial ports are acting up. Reseat or replace the I/O card. If the I/O is on the motherboard itself, disable it with a jumper (consult your manual to know which one) and then add an I/O card.
    4-4-2 See 4-4-1
    4-4-3 Your math coprocessor is malfunctioning. Run a test program to double-check it. If it is indeed bad, disable or replace it. Disabling is fine, because you probably don't need it anyway.

    for award look here:

    wwwhoenix.com/pcuser/bios-award-postcodes.pdf

    LCPL Twenty


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