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Windows 7: One short beep, one long beep

16 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)
One short beep, one long beep

I was just using my PC yesterday, everything is normal, It was hot around 32 °C I think. Around 3:00 P.M. my PC suffered 2 BSODS, I can't upload the .dmp files because I can't open it. I thought its just overheating so I turned it off and after a few minutes the second BSOD appeared, I restarted my PC and the one short beep and one long beep is sounding. I checked my RAM and tried to switch it to another bank but the beeping is still there. My video card temp was 50-52 °C before the first BSOD happened. What can I do to fix this?
HP Pavilion P6640D (1 year, 9 months)
Pentium® Dual Core CPU E6700 @ 3.20 GHz (1 year, 9 months)
Foxconn 2A8C (1 year, 9 months)
2048 MB RAM Samsung 2rx8 PC3 10600u (1 year, 9 months)
Palit NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 2048 MB (1 month, 2 weeks)
Seagate Barracuda ST3320418AS 320 GB @ 7200 RPM (1 year, 9 months)
Western Digital 32000BEV External HDD 298.09 GB (1 year, 9 months)
Bestec ATX-250-12Z 250 Watts (1 year, 9 months)

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17 Feb 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Is it possible you are hearing 1 long - one short?
That might indicate a BIOS CHECKSUM error, depending on the brand of BIOS.

You can try a ClearCMOS procedure (CLRTC is the same thing):
  • Note all your current BIOS settings
  • Shut down the computer > remove the power cord.
  • Remove the 3v motherboard battery.
  • Move the CLRTC jumper from pins 1-2 to 2-3.
  • Touch a metal part of the case and Press and Hold the reset button for approx. 30 seconds to discharge all power from the board.
  • Put the CLRTC jumper back on pins 1-2.
  • Replace the 3v battery > replace the power cord > boot.
  • Immediately go back into BIOS and reset all your preferred settings. If the CLRTC worked you will need to reset the date and time.
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17 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64

Well, it`s always a process of elimination, but if it was working fine, I`d start with the video card, then the memory. If you have nothing to swap, then you have to get the dump file uploaded so it can be analyzed. It could be something as simple as your video driver, download and reinstall.

32 Celicius is not hot at all, 89.6 F

Clearing the cmos could also be a good starting point. If you`re not sure how, just ask.
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17 Feb 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)

Well I tried to move the ram to another bank but the problem is still there, tried switching from video card to chipset but problem is still there.
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17 Feb 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

I can't find a Foxconn 2A8C listed on the Foxconn site.See post #2, anything?
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17 Feb 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

First I would check the HP support for the beep codes.

Try another PSU, I'm surprised your 250 watt PSU works at all with that video card!
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17 Feb 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

True, the minimum PSU for the GT610 is 300W.
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17 Feb 2013   #8

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

That code is supposed to be for a memory problem:

BIOS Beep Codes HP TouchSmart 600-1290a Desktop PC | HP® Support

Whether it's really as simple as RAM gone bad, or whether it could be due to a motherboard or memory controller (part of the CPU), I don't know.

If you can swap in some known good RAM, that might solve it for you.
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17 Feb 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Try this,

RAM (memory):
This will require memtest on a bootable CD or USB stick.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+
If the machine won't boot, download Memtest from another machine and burn a CD. You don't need w7 for it to run.
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18 Feb 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)

@AddRAM: How do I remove the CMOS battery?
@Bobkn: I have another RAM from an old laptop but its half the size, If it works, how can I remove the RAM from a laptop?, It's an HP laptop.
@Britton30: I can't even turn on my PC to run Memtest86+ since the monitor says "No signal", I'm already using my PC with that card for more than a month.
@Bumpkin: I'm already using my PC with that card for more than a month.
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