Beep codes are the beeps you hear from the
PC speaker when you turn on your computer. They are your computer’s way of letting you
know what’s going on when there is no video signal. These codes are programmed into the
BIOS of the PC.
There is no official standard for these codes due
to the many brands of BIOS there are on motherboards, but two popular brands are Phoenix
and American Megatrends, Inc.. As a result, these beep code formats are the most common,
and will be covered here. If you don’t know who made your BIOS, you can consult the manual
for your motherboard. If you don’t have a manual, simply take off the case and look. Once
you find the BIOS chip(s), just look at the sticker on it and see if it says
“AMI” or “Phoenix”.
Once you have determined your BIOS make, consult
the following to see what’s wrong with your computer.
Normally, a computer with AMI BIOS doesn’t bother
with beeps. It will flash a nice little error message right across your screen. Its when
the video card isn’t working or something rather serious goes wrong that your computer
will start beeping.
AMI BIOS BEEP CODES