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My laptop is by dell. I looked up beep error code and found this page. It has 3 beep codes but my computer is making 4 beeps. So perhaps this means something else.

What does 4 beeps mean when you turn on your computer? I googled more and i seen it mention system timer (i have no idea what it means or how to fix it) and forums that mention try take out ram

Any ideas?

-edit- i took out the ram, now i get 2 beeps and looking it up. Why doesnt dell list non 3 beep code or where i may look those up. This is somewhat annoying.

-edit2- I put one ram stick back in and it worked. I put both back in and it work fine... I didnt do anything but take the ram sticks out then put them in. Well... it works now and has been for the last 2hours. No ram causes 2beeps. These beeps may be "Power On System Test (POST)" code. I am unsure tho.

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The beep codes you linked to were for the GX620 (a desktop); there will be an equivalent page for your model of laptop, which should cover what 4 beeps stands for. Sorry, can't be any more specific as you don't state the laptop model. –  Mike1980 Dec 17 '11 at 16:47
-1 I am going to start down voting questions that can only be answered if the OP posts the exact make and model number and does not do so. –  Moab Dec 17 '11 at 21:28
@Moab: The POST codes are not computer specific... I never heard of POST codes until i googled the problem this morning –  acidzombie24 Dec 17 '11 at 22:15
@acidzombie24 they are specific on a Dell, HP, etc. You never heard of post codes but know they are not specific? –  Moab Dec 18 '11 at 0:25
@acidzombie24: What BIOS does your laptop have? Are the beeps equally long? –  Dennis Dec 18 '11 at 1:06

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POST AMI BIOS beep codes include, "4 beeps: Motherboard timer not operational (check all PSU to MB connectors seated)"; "2 beeps: Parity error in base memory (first 64 KiB block)" See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beep_codes

But you will want to check your laptop manual (or edit your post to include laptop model and have us do that) to find the exact answer as the beep codes often are specific for laptop manufacturers. If you don't have the manual right now, you can take a look at the http://www.dell.com Dell official website, the section "drivers and downloads" asks your model number and shows you a list of drivers and manuals for the product.

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