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Understanding Beep Codes on a Dell Notebook PC

Summary: This article is a guide to the various diagnostics Beep Codes used by the various Dell Notebook PCs.

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Symptoms

Cause

Introduction to Beep Codes

 

Dell has a long tradition of building diagnostic indicators into our systems. These indicators can be really useful in helping to diagnose and resolve any issues your PC might experience whilst starting up. I've given a guide to the various codes for each family of notebooks below.

If the display cannot show any errors your computer might emit a series of beeps during start-up.

  1. 3 means 3-3-3-3...That is 3 beeps and 3 beeps and ...: Endless looping until the user presses the power button to shut down the system.

  2. The delay between each beep is 300ms. The delay between each set of beeps is 3 sec, and the beep sound lasts 300ms.

  3. After each beep and each set of beeps, the BIOS should detect if the user presses the power button, if so, BIOS will jump out from looping and execute the normal shutdown process and power system.

Note: If your system also has diagnostic indicator LEDs, you will want to go to the support site to get the appropriate guide for your model.
 
Note: If your system is giving a code that isn't listed on this guide, then please contact your local support to investigate this unknown code further.

If your system is giving a listed code then please use the fault descriptions below to narrow your possible No Post troubleshooting. The No Post guide below will be useful in troubleshooting your issue further.

Alternatively troubleshooting a memory issue may resolve - please see our Memory article  for support


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Resolution

Dell Notebook Systems

 

 

Inspiron Notebooks

Beep Codes.

Power LED Blinking/Beep Code
Beep Code Fault Description Fault(s) Suggested Action
1 Motherboard: BIOS ROM Failure Motherboard, covers BIOS corruption or ROM error Run the Dell Diagnostics
2 Memory No Memory (RAM) detected Troubleshoot the Memory
3 Motherboard: Chipset
  • Chipset Error (North and South bridge error
  • Time-Of-Day Clock test failure
  • Gate A20 failure
  • Super I/O chip failure
  • Keyboard controller failure
Run the Dell Diagnostics
4 Memory Memory (RAM) Failure Troubleshoot the Memory
5 Real Time Clock Power Failure CMOS battery failure Try reseating the CMOS Battery and run the Dell Diagnostics if that does not resolve the issue
6 Video BIOS Video card/chip failure Run the Dell Diagnostics
7 Central Processing Unit (CPU) Central Processing Unit (CPU) Failure Run the Dell Diagnostics
On older systems that are no longer sold
Beep Code Fault Description Fault(s) Suggested Action
8 LCD LCD Failure Contact Technical Support

XPS Notebooks

Beep Code Error Description Suggested Next Step
1 Motherboard, covers BIOS corruption or ROM error Run the Dell Diagnostics
2 No Memory (RAM) detected Troubleshoot the Memory
3
  • Chipset Error (North and South bridge error
  • Time-Of-Day Clock test failure
  • Gate A20 failure
  • Super I/O chip failure
  • Keyboard controller failure
Run the Dell Diagnostics
4 Memory (RAM) Failure Troubleshoot the Memory
5 CMOS battery failure Try reseating the CMOS Battery and run the Dell Diagnostics if that does not resolve the issue
6 Video card/chip failure Run the Dell Diagnostics
7 Central Processing Unit (CPU) Failure Run the Dell Diagnostics
8 LCD Failure Contact Technical Support

Vostro Notebooks

Beep Codes.

Beep Code Description Failure Coverage Suggested Action
1 BIOS ROM checksum in progress or failure. BIOS Chip System board failure, covers BIOS corruption or ROM error Run the Dell Diagnostics
2 No RAM Detected No memory detected Troubleshoot the Memory
3
  • Chipset Error (North and South Bridge Chipset, DMA/IMR/Timer Error for Intel platform); Chipset Error
  • Time-Of-Day Clock test failure.
  • Gate A20 failure
  • Super I/O chip failure.
  • Keyboard controller test failure.
System board Failure
(Power LED Blinking Amber)
Run the Dell Diagnostics
4 RAM Read/Write failure Memory failure Troubleshoot the Memory
5 RTC Power Fail COMS battery failure Try reseating the CMOS Battery and run the Dell Diagnostics if that does not resolve the issue
6 Video BIOS Test Failure Video card failure Run the Dell Diagnostics
7 CPU Failure CPU Run the Dell Diagnostics
8 LCD LCD Failure Contact Technical Support

Latitude Notebooks

Beep Code Description Failure Coverage Suggested Action
1 BIOS ROM checksum in progress or failure. BIOS Chip System board failure, covers BIOS corruption or ROM error Run the Dell Diagnostics
2 No RAM Detected No memory detected Troubleshoot the Memory
3
  • Chipset Error (North and South Bridge Chipset, DMA/IMR/Timer Error for Intel platform); Chipset Error
  • Time-Of-Day Clock test failure.
  • Gate A20 failure
  • Super I/O chip failure.
  • Keyboard controller test failure.
System board Failure
(Power LED Blinking Amber)
Run the Dell Diagnostics
4 RAM Read/Write failure Memory failure Troubleshoot the Memory
5 RTC Power Fail COMS battery failure Try reseating the CMOS Battery and run the Dell Diagnostics if that does not resolve the issue
6 Video BIOS Test Failure Video card failure Run the Dell Diagnostics
7 CPU Failure CPU Run the Dell Diagnostics
8 LCD LCD Failure Contact Technical Support

Precision Mobile Workstations

Beep Code Description Failure Coverage Suggested Action
1 System board, covers BIOS corruption or ROM error System board BIOS ROM failure Run the Dell Diagnostics
2 No Memory/RAM Detected No memory detected Troubleshoot the Memory
3 System board, Chipset Error, Clock failure, Gate A20 failure, Super I/O Failure, Keyboard controller failure System board; Chipset Run the Dell Diagnostics
4 Memory/RAM failure Memory failure Troubleshoot the Memory
5 Real Time Clock power fail COMS battery failure Try reseating the CMOS Battery and run the Dell Diagnostics if that does not resolve the issue
6 Video card/chip Failure Video BIOS Run the Dell Diagnostics
7 CPU CPU Failure Run the Dell Diagnostics
8 LCD LCD Failure Contact Technical Support
Note: Depending on the hardware configuration of your system, you may need speakers connected to the output connecter in order to hear the beeps. If your system does not emit any beeps in a repeated pattern, please check out the guides below for what the diagnostic LEDs mean on your PC instead.
 


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Additional Information

Article Properties


Affected Product

Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, XPS

Last Published Date

20 Jul 2021

Version

7

Article Type

Solution