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Hi,

I have a problem with one of my desktop computers. It does not want to start anymore.
We hear a sound 3 times, then it stops, then again the sounds...

And that happened all of a sudden. Has a component died? How can I find which one it is?

Thanx for your help.
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3 Beeps: Base 64K RAM failure

Explanation: There is a failure of some sort within the first 64 KB of system memory.

Diagnosis: The first bank of memory probably has a bad memory chip in it somewhere. It is possible that there is a failure related to the motherboard or a system device as well.
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I forgot to include a link to my source:
http://www.pcguide.com/ts/x/sys/beep/amiB3-c.html

Greetings,

LucF
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If possible, try removing some of the RAM and see if you're able to boot.  If you have two sticks, for instance, remove one and see if it works.  If not, replace it and remove the other.  

It also (often) helps if you remove any extraneous devices (add-in cards, etc.) and unplug any external devices -- in case there is a short of some kind.  If it comes down to it, you can always strip down to the bare minimum.... CPU, RAM, Video and power.  Unplug floppy drives, harddrives, CD/DVD drives, and so forth.  If it begins to work, then add things in one-at-a-time until you see it fail *OR* (what seems to happen more often than not) it just works fine again!  :)

Hope that helps.
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I have only one block of RAM memory (512 Mb). I just removed it and placed it back. Now that works! (frustration...)

Is there a tool to check whether the RAM is ok or not? (I suppose that if it is not OK, then the computer won't work...).

Thanx
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Yes, those tools exists, something like http://www.memtest86.com will do fine.
Note, that if these tools don't give any errors doesn't mean it's good, not everything can be tested. But, if the tool gives errors, you can be pretty sure it's bad.

LucF
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Microsoft also has a tool that is free to download.... the Windows Memory Diagnostic (click the download link)

http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

As LucF stated, it is not guaranteed to find problems with your RAM, but if it does report an error than you're usually guaranteed that something is wrong.  Worth a shot.  You can also try moving that stick of RAM to another slot in your system.
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