Computer BIOS Beeps Code (AMI, AWARD, PHOENIX)

When there is an error with the Computer, it usually gives a startup beeps code that you can diagnose and follow up, sometimes we don’t understand what the beep means.

These beeps also known as beep POST (Power On System Test) error code.
Every BIOS manufacturer gives different beeps code and below are several leading BIOS manufacturer like AMI, AWARD, and PHOENIX.

BIOS POST beep codes

AMI BIOS POST Beeps Code

Beeps
Error Message
Description
1 short DRAM refresh failure The programmable interrupt timer or programmable interrupt controller has probably failed
2 short Memory parity error A memory parity error has occurred in the first 64K of RAM.  The RAM IC is probably bad
3 short Base 64K memory failure A memory failure has occurred in the first 64K of RAM.  The RAM IC is probably bad
4 short System timer failure The system clock/timer IC has failed or there is a memory error in the first bank of memory
5 short Processor error The system CPU has failed
6 short Gate A20 failure The keyboard controller IC has failed, which is not allowing Gate A20 to switch the processor to protected mode. Replace the keyboard controller
7 short Virtual mode processor exception error The CPU has generated an exception error because of a fault in the CPU or motherboard circuitry
8 short Display memory read/write error The system video adapter is missing or defective
9 short ROM checksum error The contents of the system BIOS ROM does not match the expected checksum value.  The BIOS ROM is probably defective and should be replaced
10 short CMOS shutdown register read/write error The shutdown for the CMOS has failed
11 short Cache error The L2 cache is faulty
1 long, 2 short Failure in video system An error was encountered in the video BIOS ROM, or a horizontal retrace failure has been encountered
1 long, 3 short Memory test failure A fault has been detected in memory above 64KB
1 long, 8 short Display test failure The video adapter is either missing or defective
2 short POST Failure One of the hardware testa have failed
1 long POST has passed all tests

AWARD BIOS POST Beeps Code

Beeps
Error Message
Description
1 long, 2 short Indicates a video error has occurred and the BIOS cannot initialize the video screen to display any additional information.
1 long, 3 short Video card not detected (reseat video card) or bad video card
Beeps repeating endlessly RAM Problem, it could lose contact or broken RAM
Repeated high frequency while PC is running CPU (Processor) Overheat
Repeated beeps alternating high & low frequency  Issue with the processor (CPU), possibly damaged

PHOENIX BIOS POST Beeps Code

1-1-2 would mean 1 beep, a pause, 1 beep, a pause, and 2 beeps.
Beeps
Error Message
Description
1-1-2 CPU test failure The CPU is faulty.  Replace the CPU
Low 1-1-2 System board select failure The motherboard is having an undetermined fault.  Replace the motherboard
1-1-3 CMOS read/write error The real time clock/CMOS is faulty.   Replace the CMOS if possible
Low 1-1-3 Extended CMOS RAM failure The extended portion of the CMOS RAM has failed.  Replace the CMOS if possible
1-1-4 BIOS ROM checksum error The BIOS ROM has failed.  Replace the BIOS or upgrade if possible
1-2-1 PIT failure The programmable interrupt timer has failed.  Replace if possible
1-2-2 DMA failure The DMA controller has failed.   Replace the IC if possible
1-2-3 DMA read/write failure The DMA controller has failed.   Replace the IC if possible
1-3-1 RAM refresh failure The RAM refresh controller has failed
1-3-2 64KB RAM failure The test of the first 64KB RAM has failed to start
1-3-3 First 64KB RAM failure The first RAM IC has failed.   Replace the IC if possible
1-3-4 First 64KB logic failure The first RAM control logic has failed
1-4-1 Address line failure The address line to the first 64KB RAM has failed
1-4-2 Parity RAM failure The first RAM IC has failed.   Replace if possible
1-4-3 EISA fail-safe timer test Replace the motherboard
1-4-4 EISA NMI port 462 test Replace the motherboard
2-1-1 64KB RAM failure Bit 0; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-1-2 64KB RAM failure Bit 1; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-1-3 64KB RAM failure Bit 2; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-1-4 64KB RAM failure Bit 3; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-2-1 64KB RAM failure Bit 4; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-2-2 64KB RAM failure Bit 5; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-2-3 64KB RAM failure Bit 6; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-2-4 64KB RAM failure Bit 7; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-3-1 64KB RAM failure Bit 8; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-3-2 64KB RAM failure Bit 9; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-3-3 64KB RAM failure Bit 10; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-3-4 64KB RAM failure Bit 11; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-4-1 64KB RAM failure Bit 12; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-4-2 64KB RAM failure Bit 13; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-4-3 64KB RAM failure Bit 14; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
2-4-4 64KB RAM failure Bit 15; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed.  Replace the IC if possible
3-1-1 Slave DMA register failure The DMA controller has failed.   Replace the controller if possible
3-1-2 Master DMA register failure The DMA controller had failed.   Replace the controller if possible
3-1-3 Master interrupt mask register failure The interrupt controller IC has failed
3-1-4 Slave interrupt mask register failure The interrupt controller IC has failed
3-2-2 Interrupt vector error The BIOS was unable to load the interrupt vectors into memory.  Replace the motherboard
3-2-3 Reserved
3-2-4 Keyboard controller failure The keyboard controller has failed.   Replace the IC if possible
3-3-1 CMOS RAM power bad Replace the CMOS battery or CMOS RAM if possible
3-3-2 CMOS configuration error The CMOS configuration has failed.   Restore the configuration or replace the battery if possible
3-3-3 Reserved
3-3-4 Video memory failure There is a problem with the video memory.  Replace the video adapter if possible
3-4-1 Video initialization failure There is a problem with the video adapter.  Reseat the adapter or replace the adapter if possible
4-2-1 Timer failure The system’s timer IC has failed.   Replace the IC if possible
4-2-2 Shutdown failure The CMOS has failed.  Replace the CMOS IC if possible
4-2-3 Gate A20 failure The keyboard controller has failed.   Replace the IC if possible
4-2-4 Unexpected interrupt in protected mode This is a CPU problem.  Replace the CPU and retest
4-3-1 RAM test failure System RAM addressing circuitry is faulty.  Replace the motherboard
4-3-3 Interval timer channel 2 failure The system timer IC has failed.   Replace the IC if possible
4-3-4 Time of day clock failure The real time clock/CMOS has failed.   Replace the CMOS if possible
4-4-1 Serial port failure A error has occurred in the serial port circuitry
4-4-2 Parallel port failure A error has occurred in the parallel port circuitry
4-4-3 Math coprocessor failure The math coprocessor has failed.   If possible, replace the MPU

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