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    MSI Beep Codes

    My computer, for the first time since I've had it, started beeping (system in sig). Gave 3 series of 3 quick monotone beeps each, paused, then repeated. I was encoding video at the time with TMPEGEnc, and it stopped beeing as soon as I shut it down, so I'm thinking it *might* be temperature related, but the temps really weren't bad- was reading just 46.5C when I launched CPUCool to verify. That's just 1C above the idle temperature, which never changes, no matter what I do. My thermal probe was reading around 35C, which is normal for my PC under load (the thermal probe will vary by about 5C between idle and load, and I think it's more realiable than the onboard sensor).

    What's this beep code mean? I tried to find it in the owners manual, but adobe refuses to do a text search, and I can't find it scrolling through...
    Last edited by grover; July 18th, 2004 at 01:06 PM.
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    MSI Neo2-PLS w/I865PE & SATA @ 4x267=1068MHz
    BFG GeForceFX 5900@485/967MHz = 6284 3DMark2003s; dual-head 21" CRT & 19" LCD

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    Whose BIOS are you using?

    See the attached.

    http://www.pchell.com/hardware/beepcodes.shtml

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    Thanks!

    AMI Bios. 3 short beeps is a memory parity error, huh? I guess my memory was probably overheating then? Time to crank up the ole fan controller I suppose- I paid good money for low-CAS RAM preassembeld with RAM sinks, they'd better do their job, dammit!
    Pentium IV 2.4C Northwood- M0 stepping @ 3.2GHz HT
    Air Cooled w/ SP-94 heatpipe & 92mm Vantex Tornado at 45C
    4x256=1gb dual-channel 2-3-3-6 OCZ PC800DRAM @ 890MHz 3-4-4-8
    MSI Neo2-PLS w/I865PE & SATA @ 4x267=1068MHz
    BFG GeForceFX 5900@485/967MHz = 6284 3DMark2003s; dual-head 21" CRT & 19" LCD

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    Don't jump the gun on the memory module(s)...

    MSI had posted for a number of their mobos not meeting JEDEC specifications.
    You may have to fiddle around with the memory settings if that is the case.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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    Well, here's the thing... I got this PC, got the RAM in, and overclocked those mothers to the point where my PC was stable, but they were giving random errors... and backed it back down a MHz or so at a time until the errors went away. So it's right on the edge, and it wouldn't surprise me if there were a great deal of parity errors if it were to get hotter.

    I've been stable for 4 months though, and this isn't the first time I've been crunching video, so it surprises me that I haven't heard the alarm before. I did burn a backup DVD-R of everything critical... just in case

    One more thing... I think it was my imagination, but I coulda sworn I caught a faint whiff of burnt plastic a few minutes after that alarm silenced
    Pentium IV 2.4C Northwood- M0 stepping @ 3.2GHz HT
    Air Cooled w/ SP-94 heatpipe & 92mm Vantex Tornado at 45C
    4x256=1gb dual-channel 2-3-3-6 OCZ PC800DRAM @ 890MHz 3-4-4-8
    MSI Neo2-PLS w/I865PE & SATA @ 4x267=1068MHz
    BFG GeForceFX 5900@485/967MHz = 6284 3DMark2003s; dual-head 21" CRT & 19" LCD

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    My MSI board beeps twice at start-up but that's when the MSI logo screen is on. If I change the logo screen to just the BIO screen? there is only ONE beep. I don't know why that is.

    Just thought this info might help.
    John

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    grover, I experienced a similar thing with my Corsair RAM a while back.

    It ran at 400MHz 11-3-3 @ CAS3 for many months, when all of a sudden it wouldn't complete a run of Prime95 for more than 5 minutes. Increasing the latency to 11-4-4 allowed me to run it at 400MHz once again, until I dropped my XP-M 2500+ in this board.

    Now, no matter what I do, I can't get 400MHz stable. I suppose it could be due to the northbridge timings because of me using a 133MHz chip, so I think I'm going to give the L12 mod a try.

    Oh, as for the burning plastic smell... that's not good at all. Take note of this picture, which I posted in another thread.



    That's a MSI Neo 865PE.
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    I lost an MSI K7T Pro (KT133) to an upgraded Duron Morgan cpu. The voltage regulator on the board, known to be a weak part, likely failed. It fried the ATX power connection on the board. We could start a Burnt MSI Gallery.

    Grover, does your MSI have the 5 leds on the board for diagnosis? My old K7T had that feature.

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    Yeah I remember you posting about that board DanceMan. Recently, I've heard of loads of stories about MSI boards killing RAM modules.

    Good idea about the "Burnt MSI Gallery". I think that'll be both shocking and funny.
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    Great, I just...

    ...bought a new MSI mobo, waiting for it to arrive. Should I RMA it as soon as I get it? I had a similar problem with my Epox mobo, that is the reason I ordered the MSI. Am I lucky or what?
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    I haven't had any problems since I posted this thread- heard a single two-beep code once, but that was it. I think it was simply a RAM data error brought on by overclocking right to the edge, and heating it past that.
    Pentium IV 2.4C Northwood- M0 stepping @ 3.2GHz HT
    Air Cooled w/ SP-94 heatpipe & 92mm Vantex Tornado at 45C
    4x256=1gb dual-channel 2-3-3-6 OCZ PC800DRAM @ 890MHz 3-4-4-8
    MSI Neo2-PLS w/I865PE & SATA @ 4x267=1068MHz
    BFG GeForceFX 5900@485/967MHz = 6284 3DMark2003s; dual-head 21" CRT & 19" LCD

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    oops, spoke too soon- just ran a prime95 torture test, and it's beeing again.

    beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...


    pause

    beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...


    pause

    beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...


    pause

    beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...beepbeepbeep...


    Stopped immediately when I closed Prime95. Odd thing is, Prime95 didn't record any errors; I'm wondering if this is actually a RAM error code, or something else entirely? Either way, I just backed down the FSB from 267MHz to 260MHz and restarted Prime95, guess I'll see if that makes a difference!

    Edit: nope! Started up again with Prime95 running, even with the FSB down to 250MHz (3GHz clock). Went away soon after I cranked my fan controller back to high speed this time, though. hmmm...
    Last edited by grover; August 4th, 2004 at 08:54 PM.
    Pentium IV 2.4C Northwood- M0 stepping @ 3.2GHz HT
    Air Cooled w/ SP-94 heatpipe & 92mm Vantex Tornado at 45C
    4x256=1gb dual-channel 2-3-3-6 OCZ PC800DRAM @ 890MHz 3-4-4-8
    MSI Neo2-PLS w/I865PE & SATA @ 4x267=1068MHz
    BFG GeForceFX 5900@485/967MHz = 6284 3DMark2003s; dual-head 21" CRT & 19" LCD

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    Try setting your ram to stock and running prime and see if it works if not try putting your cpu to stock and see if that helps.
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    The thing is, if this is a RAM parity error code letting me know my RAM has become unstable and error-prone, why is Prime95's stress test running flawlessly? And why did I not hear the error before, when I was first overclocking, and pushing the RAM far harder than I am now?
    Pentium IV 2.4C Northwood- M0 stepping @ 3.2GHz HT
    Air Cooled w/ SP-94 heatpipe & 92mm Vantex Tornado at 45C
    4x256=1gb dual-channel 2-3-3-6 OCZ PC800DRAM @ 890MHz 3-4-4-8
    MSI Neo2-PLS w/I865PE & SATA @ 4x267=1068MHz
    BFG GeForceFX 5900@485/967MHz = 6284 3DMark2003s; dual-head 21" CRT & 19" LCD

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    ROFL!!!! hahahaha, it wasn't my mobo at all, it was my thermaltake fan controller set to beep when my CPU hit 40C, hahahahahahahahahaha

    Normally, on a cool day, it reads 28C, but spikes up to 35C under typical load. It's really hot here today, and I've put it under worst-case load intentionally. The temp monitor on the chip hasn't changed 1C no matter what I do (idle or full burn, always reads 46-47C) so I've come to distrust it, and trust the thermal probe more. It seems perfectly stable- I had a feeling it was my mobo holding me back with a "mere" 33% overclock, and this just confirms it! Oh well, that's what I've got an SP-94 and a 119cfm fan on there for!
    Last edited by grover; August 4th, 2004 at 09:03 PM.
    Pentium IV 2.4C Northwood- M0 stepping @ 3.2GHz HT
    Air Cooled w/ SP-94 heatpipe & 92mm Vantex Tornado at 45C
    4x256=1gb dual-channel 2-3-3-6 OCZ PC800DRAM @ 890MHz 3-4-4-8
    MSI Neo2-PLS w/I865PE & SATA @ 4x267=1068MHz
    BFG GeForceFX 5900@485/967MHz = 6284 3DMark2003s; dual-head 21" CRT & 19" LCD

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