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http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-010249.htm

Memory error is most common for 3 beeps
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Did you touch the correct 2 pins? There should be 3 pins there for CMOS reset. Usually the middle and left pin are covered with a jumper by default, then you move that jumper to cover the middle and right pin to reset CMOS, then return jumper to original position. I know left and right can be any way depending on how you look at it, so try touching 2 at a time. Only need to hold in place for a sec or two.
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Just take out the stick you put in, reset the CMOS and try booting again.
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The motherboard is Gigabyte, I just checked (sorry for wrong section).

I will try a few other suggestions shortly and get back to you.

EDIT: The PC is quite old, there are only 2 pins for the CMOS reset
Edited by Rawrasaurus - 4/15/11 at 8:50am
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Originally Posted by ChosenLord;13136757 
have you tried the single stick of ram? switching them and the slots? also cleaning the contact points as was suggested earlier?

I have been trying to use the single stick of RAM the pc had before I tried to mess with it since it stopped working. What do you suggest I clean it with?
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Originally Posted by Chuckclc;13136786 
Did you touch the correct 2 pins? There should be 3 pins there for CMOS reset. Usually the middle and left pin are covered with a jumper by default, then you move that jumper to cover the middle and right pin to reset CMOS, then return jumper to original position. I know left and right can be any way depending on how you look at it, so try touching 2 at a time. Only need to hold in place for a sec or two.

The only pins I see nearby the battery are the 2 pins with no jumper on.
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Just take out the stick you put in, reset the CMOS and try booting again.

Can't seem to reset CMOS
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The only pins I see nearby the battery are the 2 pins with no jumper on

That might not be the CMOS reset jumper then. It would really help to know the model of your motherboard.

So when you take back out the stick of RAM you put in it still beeps?
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Originally Posted by Chuckclc;13137241 
That might not be the CMOS reset jumper then. It would really help to know the model of your motherboard.

So when you take back out the stick of RAM you put in it still beeps?

Gigabyte GA-61SME S2L

What do you mean by that? I haven't tried powering it on without RAM in (Not sure how that would turn out..) but yes I have tried re-adjusting it and changing ports numerous times.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rawrasaurus;13137303 
Gigabyte GA-61SME S2L

What do you mean by that? I haven't tried powering it on without RAM in (Not sure how that would turn out..) but yes I have tried re-adjusting it and changing ports numerous times.

No you stated that you added a stick of RAM to upgrade this computer and that it was a different speed. Then the beeps started. So does it work without the stick of RAM you added?
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Originally Posted by Chuckclc;13137329 
No you stated that you added a stick of RAM to upgrade this computer and that it was a different speed. Then the beeps started. So does it work without the stick of RAM you added?

No, it no longer works without the stick of RAM I added. Even with just the original 1 stick of RAM, it does the beeping thing.
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post #30 of 73
I'm going to guess that dust or other goobers have gotten down into the ram slots... when you've added the new ram, it just smashed the stuff down into the slots even more.

Take a few deep breaths, and blow into those slots until you nearly pass out... repeat as needed, or until you see stars. biggrin.gif

Seriously, I just had this problem, and some stiff blowing seemed to cure it. lachen.gif

Also, as the others have stated, make sure the ram contacts are clean as well.
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