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Windows 7: Beeping from BIOS

29 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
Beeping from BIOS

Hey guys. So, I got this problem moments ago.

A couple of days ago, I "overclocked" my RAM so it runs at what it was supposed to in factory. Yesterday, I installed my CPU fan which is working well. So, today, I was some pics on my PC and then, suddenly, my mobo speaker started to beep. So, I freaked out and rebooted to my Bios and loaded Fail-Safe defaults. Rebooted. All went good. All fans were running, CPU and GPU temp were A-OK. So, I rebooted again to set my settings back to what they were. Re-overclocked to factory settings my RAM, set my mobo to warn me if there's a fan fail, set CPU features, etc. Saved and rebooted. Started Firefox and went to Youtube. It started to beep again.

So, yeah, I went back and SURPRISE! Glitched POST image from Gigabyte and text and BIOS was garbled!! I was able to load Fail-Safe again and rebooted. Upon rebooting there were no garbled lines anymore.

Something's wrong... help?

EDIT

So, I stopped my PC and opened it to move a small plastic thingy (attached to CPU cooler) from touching the RAM and then it teared and read "Warranty Void If Removed". F*. Also, just changed a setting in BIOS where "Warn when fan fail". So, if it beeps again... that's gonna be it.

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29 Apr 2011   #2

Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit/Window 7 VM
 
 

You are playing around with overclocking too much. it is not a surprise that your system is unstable because of an overclock. In my experience RAM never overclocks well (maybe 5-10%) which yields you 0% performance advantage. Leave the RAM where it is and just over clock your CPU that's it.
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29 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

^ Well, my RAM is supposed to clock at 1333MHz but my mobo downclocks it at 1066MHz... it ran fan without a hitch for a couple of days. I never overclock anything habitually. I just wanted my RAM to run at what it is supposed to run at.
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29 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You may try feathering the overclock in; don't try for the full 1333 MHz at first, go up gradually.
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29 Apr 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Most new motherboards allow you to "overclock" RAM by simply changing a bus multiplier. This is a single setting in BIOS, not multiple settings like a true overclock. You must have the "automatic overclock tuner" (or similar) set to AUTO to do this.

If you are attempting a true overclock you need to experiment with settings to find a stable one, as Jonathan says.

The other possibility is bad RAM. It runs stable at 1066 but craps out when you try and run it at the label speed.

What is the beep code being emitted? Most likely it is a RAM beep code, but it could be something else.
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29 Apr 2011   #6

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Some Gigabyte boards have a problem with apparently random beeping anyway. If you set your Windows 7 power settings to maximum performance, this usually goes away.

You can also set the temperature warning ranges in BIOS slightly higher. This stops most apparently "random" beeps. You should not overdo it though, the audible warnings are there for good reason.

"Simple" overclocking of RAM is basically pointless and merely increases the risk of failure. If your RAM wont run at factory specified speeds, then it is possibly defective. Overclocking can also damage the RAM so that it then runs at even lower speeds.

Regards....Mike Connor
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29 Apr 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Can you tell us the sequence of the beeps, long, short, how many before a pause and the sequence starts again.

There should be a beep code list in your motherboard manual.
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29 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
You may try feathering the overclock in; don't try for the full 1333 MHz at first, go up gradually.
It's like... the next multiplier. 1066 is 8x, and 1333MHz is 10x.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Most new motherboards allow you to "overclock" RAM by simply changing a bus multiplier. This is a single setting in BIOS, not multiple settings like a true overclock. You must have the "automatic overclock tuner" (or similar) set to AUTO to do this.

If you are attempting a true overclock you need to experiment with settings to find a stable one, as Jonathan says.

The other possibility is bad RAM. It runs stable at 1066 but craps out when you try and run it at the label speed.

What is the beep code being emitted? Most likely it is a RAM beep code, but it could be something else.
I know what you mean by auto... it's set on that value by default.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
Some Gigabyte boards have a problem with apparently random beeping anyway. If you set your Windows 7 power settings to maximum performance, this usually goes away.

You can also set the temperature warning ranges in BIOS slightly higher. This stops most apparently "random" beeps. You should not overdo it though, the audible warnings are there for good reason.

"Simple" overclocking of RAM is basically pointless and merely increases the risk of failure. If your RAM wont run at factory specified speeds, then it is possibly defective. Overclocking can also damage the RAM so that it then runs at even lower speeds.

Regards....Mike Connor
My Windows 7 Power settings are set to Max already. I actually disabled temperature warn for now though... Well, I was able to run my RAM, stable, for a couple of days no problems before last night.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Can you tell us the sequence of the beeps, long, short, how many before a pause and the sequence starts again.

There should be a beep code list in your motherboard manual.
There's a single short beep at POST. I remember that means "OK". When it happened, it was a mix of short beep and half beeps. And Windows was running perfectly stable.

For the "overclock", I asked the Gigabyte forum before going and do that. Here is the thread : X58A-UD3R downclocking RAM [Plz read!]

I did what they said and exactly changed to this :
Uncore : 20x
Memory Multiplier : x10
DRam Timing : Expert
And set each channel to 9-9-9-24
Of course, the voltage was already 1.5v

Anyway, as of now, there are no problems and memory is running at mobo default of 1066MHz.
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29 Apr 2011   #9

Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit/Window 7 VM
 
 

keep them all at default if you want stable system.
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30 Apr 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

It is possible to OC and get a stable system. Depends on your components, if you spend time testing, and research.
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