Some Common Beeping Sounds Error Codes
There are many reasons for which a motherboard can start raising audio alerts. To decipher what a error code means, take the following steps:
Make a note of the sequence of the beeps, including the number of beeps and the pauses in between.
Consult the motherboard beep code table to decipher the code. Several restarts may be required in order to hear and document the correct sequence.
Once the error codes are deciphered, a problem can be more easily diagnosed but the beep codes won’t always precisely identify the problem. Lets use the Phoenix BIOS beep codes as an example. This BIOS beeps in three sets of audio alerts. Each sequence of beeps is followed by a pause and then the next set, for example, 3 - pause - 3 - pause 4 - pause. This 3-3-4 beep sequence means that the computer has a problem with the video card.
Here are some other common Phoenix BIOS beep codes:
Code -------- Meaning
1-1-3 -------- The computer can't read the CMOS configuration. The motherboard may need to be replaced.
1-2-2 -------- The motherboard has a critical fault.
1-4-2 -------- Some or all of the memory is bad.
3-3-4 -------- The computer can find a working video card
4-2-2 -------- The keyboard may not be connected, the keyboard port is faulty or the motherboard has issues.