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 Post subject: Dell XPS 630i wierd beep code
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:53 am 
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Hi, I have a Dell 630i and sometimes it gets past POST then it freezes so I hold down the power button and restart the computer. Then when it turns on I get a beep code that I cannot find anywhere. it is one long beep (10-15 secs) pause short beep (5 secs) pause short beep (5 secs). Then if i turn it off your about half hour it goes through this again. It has phoenix BIOS. If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Dell XPS 630i wierd beep code
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:16 pm 
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What you are describing actually sounds like 1 beep to me. If that is the case, then I believe you motherboard has failed. I guess you could try installing a new battery. Cheap, quick, and easy. Can you boot into the dell diagnostics partition?

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 Post subject: Re: Dell XPS 630i wierd beep code
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:16 am 
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zeus181 wrote:
one long beep (10-15 secs) pause short beep (5 secs) pause short beep (5 secs)


KevinK37 wrote:
What you are describing actually sounds like 1 beep to me.


Sorry if my math is off (it's late here right now), but it looks more like 3 beeps to me. Long-short-short. In old BIOSes that would mean video card problems, but I don't know exactly what that means in 630's BIOS. However, the first thing I'd do is leave the battery alone and reseat the video board just in case, then remove all memory and put back in just one stick. If the system boots up with that, I'd swap in a different stick and try again. So if the system works with one stick and not another, I'd now which one to throw in the trash. If that didn't help, I'd be carefully examining hard drive connections next.

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 Post subject: Re: Dell XPS 630i wierd beep code
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:11 pm 
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Yeah, weird, don't know how I counted wrong. Anyway, found something interesting:

Dell Beep Code Meanings
1-1-2 Processor Register Failure
1-1-3 NVRam
1-1-4 ROM Bios checksum failure
1-2-1 Programmable Interval Timer
1-2-2 DMA Initialization Failure
1-2-3 Direct Memory Access Page Register Read/Write Failure
1-3-1 - 2-4-4 Memory/RAM Not Properly Identified or Used
3-1-1 Slave DMA Registration Failure
3-1-2 Master DMA Registration Failure
3-1-3 Master Interrupt Mask Registration Failure
3-1-4 Slave Interrupt Mask Registration Failure
3-2-2 Interrupted Vector Loading Failure
3-2-4 Keyboard Controller (Input) Test Failure
3-3-1 NVRam Insufficient Power
3-3-2 Improperly configured NVRam
3-3-4 Video Memory(RAM) Test Failure
3-4-1 Screen Output Initialization Failure
3-4-2 Screen Retrace Failure
3-4-3 Failure Finding Video Read Only Memory
4-2-1 Lack of Time Tick
4-2-2 Shutdown Failure
4-2-3 Failure in Gate A20
4-2-4 Unexpected Interruption in Protect Mode
4-3-1 Memory Address Failure above 0FFFFH
4-3-4 Non Functioning Time Of Day Clock
4-4-1 Serial And/Or Parallel Port Test Failure
4-4-4 Cache Test Failure

Don't know if the above corresponds to any of these.

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 Post subject: Re: Dell XPS 630i wierd beep code
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:42 am 
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Couldn't match any of those, so went looking.

I found an interesting site for BIOS codes. Here's what might be relevant, from their list of Award BIOS beeps codes:

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1 long, 2 short | Video adapter error | Either video adapter is bad or is not seated properly. Also, check to ensure the monitor cable is connected properly.


Perhaps our Dell BIOS just uses generic Award beep codes?

Edit: AMI=>Award; sorry, was looking at one thing and copied/pasted the other.

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 Post subject: Re: Dell XPS 630i wierd beep code
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:06 am 
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Thanks for the help guys, I have looked at the beep codes and its seems to kinda be pointing towards video card problems and I think it might be right because when i take out the video card and boot up it makes the same beeping however when I boot up with no ram it makes a diffrent beep code. But i tested the video card and it works fine in my other computer so could it be the PCIe slot on the mobo that is broken?


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 Post subject: Re: Dell XPS 630i wierd beep code
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:30 pm 
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Did you ever get this resolved? I have the exact same beep codes and no bootup. I swapped video cards and reseated the processor and the memory but it persists. I get the same beep codes with a known good GTX8800 that I kept for trouble-shooting. Same beeps. I suppose I'll have a look at the PCIe slot as well but I don't expect to find anything. One other small detail is that as soon as I plug the computer in it starts running. Is this normal? I don't recall this behavior in any of my previous computers...dead or alive.

1.I'll try one stick of RAM. Haven't tried that yet.
2. I'll take a peek at the PCIe slot...but I've tried the good card n both slots. If Bios didn't find the card in the primary slot wouldn't it check the secondary one for hardware?
3. I'll check the power button to see if it has failed and is continuously closed.
4. I'll Check voltage outputs from the PWS.

After that, iono. I'm just grateful that you folks are here...I looked at those Dell beep codes 20+ times thinking I wasn't reading it correctly because the beep codes I'm getting aren't listed. Wish me luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Dell XPS 630i wierd beep code
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:08 pm 
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If the computer starts running immediately when plugging in the power cord, you have either a bad processor or motherboard. I have seen this on a Dell XPS 420 that I diagnosed and fixed. It ended up being a bent pin on the motherboard CPU socket.

Most likely its the motherboard, as the 630i board is known to be really bad.

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 Post subject: Re: Dell XPS 630i wierd beep code
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:24 pm 
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I am glad i have found this. I have exactly the same beep combination(1 long, 2 short). Removed video card, nothing changed.
Turned out to be a faulty RAM stick(Hynix 2gb DDR2 PC26400)

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