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P67A-G45 (B3): 5 beeps, what do they mean?
« on: 08-October-11, 20:51:54 »

So I'm a first time builder, and I recently assembled a desktop with the following parts:

Intel i5 2500K 3.3GHz CPU
MSI P67A-G45 (B3) ATX Intel Motherboard
Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 01G-P3-1370-TR Video Card
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W Power Supply

I got it up and running and it worked great up until I decided to do a performance test with City of Heroes. My PC handled the game beautifully for about an hour before it abruptly shut down. To my horror, pressing the power button only caused the fans and LEDs to lurch and flicker for a split second before immediately shutting down. I started removing components and attempted a boot with just the motherboard, CPU and one RAM stick connected. This time it actually powered on for more than half second, so I shut it down to repeat the process while reconnecting components one at a time.

It seems that the video card is dead; when I connect it and attempt to boot I get the same flicker/lurch as when it failed the other night. When I attempt to boot without the video card my PC successfully powers on and initiates a POST, yielding the standard 2 rapid beeps followed by one of a higher pitch, after which it sounds an ominous 5 beeps. You can hear it in this video (not mine, but sound is almost the same)

Now, my question is: what do these beeps mean? Consulting the manual and google turned up no useful information, but the circumstances seem to suggest that they mean my video card is bad/missing. I'm hoping this is the case as I want to make sure the video card is the only thing I need to replace. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: P67A-G45 (B3): 5 beeps, what do they mean?
« Reply #1 on: 09-October-11, 00:03:28 »

Stu has some information & links on this in his thread;
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Re: P67A-G45 (B3): 5 beeps, what do they mean?
« Reply #2 on: 10-October-11, 08:22:10 »

Test your video card in another system to make sure that it is the one at fault.
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