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Beep Codes for Gateway ZX-6980

AlanHAlanH Posts: 27Member

Hello:

 

My Acer/Gateway ZX-6980 sometimes refuses to boot, and emits 4 beeps right after I push the power button.  For troubleshooting, does anybody know what this beep code means for this particular motherboard?

 

Thanks in advence,

 

Al

Best Answer

  • Acer-TommyAcer-Tommy Posts: 6,317 Seasoned Specialist
    Accepted Answer

    I believe that system has an AMIBIOS, which shows the following:

     

    4 short     System timer failure     

    The system clock/timer IC has failed or there is a memory error in the first bank of memory.

     

    That one 'blip' is used as a "system ready" sound and will continue booting.

FAQ & Answers

  • Acer-TommyAcer-Tommy Posts: 6,317VIP Seasoned Specialist

    Alan, are they long or short?  What's the sequence?

  • AlanHAlanH Posts: 27Member

    They are four short, evenly spaced beeps.  They occur immediately after pushing the power button and the computer does not boot up . . . sometimes.  Other times, it emits a single blip sound and boots normally.

  • Acer-TommyAcer-Tommy Posts: 6,317VIP Seasoned Specialist
    Accepted Answer

    I believe that system has an AMIBIOS, which shows the following:

     

    4 short     System timer failure     

    The system clock/timer IC has failed or there is a memory error in the first bank of memory.

     

    That one 'blip' is used as a "system ready" sound and will continue booting.

  • AlanHAlanH Posts: 27Member

    Perfect.  Thanks!

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