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    Default POST BEEP Sound Distorted, Stumbles ?

    I'm placing this question in its own thread, because it has persisted for months now, while I gradually have succeeded in speeding up the POST time in a tricky system to set up (see signature).

    Very important, first of all: this is a SINGLE beep at POST. We are not talking here about multiple beeps or beep-codes. The beep itself is the correct single beep.

    BUT:
    — Always on cold startups it "stumbles" or "hiccups" or "trips over itself" and sounds something like: b-BEEP! or an unpronounceable pbBEEP! or p-B.BEEP! If for any reason the system recycles (i.e. if the Trfc is set too low) the second or subsequent beeps are exactly-right BEEP! sounds.

    — And always, on restarts from Windows XP, the beep sound is the proper BEEP! as well. (Interesting, because then the POST is reduced.)

    I've been told not to worry; the large amount of RAM is being processed and the POST beep is being interrupted at the moment it occurs. I've Googled far and wide, but the only posts I've found have been my own.

    I'm hoping someone who designs these things may see this.

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: POST BEEP Sound Distorted, Stumbles ?

    Sorry to say, but I agree with others you mention.

    I think you should not worry about it really. I mean you are stable, are not getting failed overclock warnings and all is well right?

    It could just be due to the ram amount as you said? Did you ever test with 4GB to see if the same occurs?

    I only plug in case speakers myself if there is issues, so if this really bothers you but you know all is well then you can just remove your speaker like I do until you have some issues. Just a thought :)

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    Default Re: POST BEEP Sound Distorted, Stumbles ?

    Well, if it is OK, I am actually happy. :)

    The catch is that I have one remaining glitch in my BIOS settings. I have set HALT ON NO ERRORS, which means that my BIOS will not show a CMOS Error popup, even if it comes across a CMOS error during POST.

    That means that I am already hiding one problem, because actually in my system a CMOS error WILL be reported every single time that I set the DRAM to any tRFC except the AUTO default (which = 127.5ns).

    This is even though the only two tRFC settings which run things well are 195 and 327.5. So I would like to get things "perfect" because I actually have 2 sniggly little quirks. On the other hand, I am indeed very happy with the way things already are. It has taken me since last November to get this far!

    Thank you for the reassurance.
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    Default Re: POST BEEP Sound Distorted, Stumbles ?

    That just means it wont stop/halt on error as you said, but if you are not seeing a red warning box in the MIT Section when you enter it means your settings are fine.

    That is odd about your tRFC though, have you asked tech support why it gives an error if you raise that? I could see maybe if it error'd on you by lowering it, but raising it should not cause any errors.

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    Default Re: POST BEEP Sound Distorted, Stumbles ?

    No red warning box, so that sounds good.

    Well, I can go back to the person who was advising me about the RMA. He would have given me an RMA number, but I wanted to do further testing. That was just 2 weeks ago. But he was not communicative; I guess he's seen a lot of mistakes by customers. Other people have told me the mobo just can't handle what I have. It is my 2nd ver 1.1, and I am over a year since original purchase.

    EDIT: I should add that I am quite sure the error occurs as soon as I move away from AUTO to MANUAL on the DRAM tRFC. If I recall from a month ago, even if I changed it away from AUTO and made no changes to the settings, this error would occur.
    Last edited by Groonx2; 08-23-2009 at 12:08 AM.
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    Default Re: POST BEEP Sound Distorted, Stumbles ?

    Well it very well could be the board? And a RMA could solve it, but you could also do that for nothing and get a used board back and have the same issues.

    It all sounds fine to me is why I said the things I did, I mean I would just ignore it really as it is not causing you issues or instability

    tRFC, so when you go to manual, does all three settings give you the error and just auto does not? That could just be a BIOS bug if so

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    Default Re: POST BEEP Sound Distorted, Stumbles ?

    Yes, my thinking is exactly the same as yours about the board. I'm not too keen about RMAing it, but I may do so after further enquiries. Trouble is, would Gigabyte see the same problems? They certainly would not be testing the mobo with the same hardware config.

    I'm glad you think my system is basically OK. It is my first build, so I wanted to take it to a point where I could be proud of it. Maybe I am there!

    Yes, just AUTO escapes the CMOS Error popup. I even tried going the other way, to a lower ns. If it is a BIOS error, I might find it ceases to exist when I flash it with the new F10 BIOS today. I can set it to HALT ON ALL, BUT DISK/KEY (which is its way of saying, "Halt on all errors, except ignore diskette or keyboard errors") to check that.

    Thanks again.
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    Default Re: POST BEEP Sound Distorted, Stumbles ?

    Well I doubt they would actually, because they would not have the same hardware you do nor would the likely test it with 8GB. Even if they did it may only happen with your hardware so it could be a waste and risk of getting a used board back that acts the same

    Ya, I think you are good to go really. You dont mention any major issues, only minor things that are really cosmetic in a way. Now if you were unstable due to this or something like that I would be concerned

    Yeap a new BIOS or older could fix the issue, it does sound like a BIOS bug to me. Not many use the Halt features so even in new or old BIOS this bug could always be there is no one had reported it.

    You can leave that setting disabled and you will be fine

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    Default Re: POST BEEP Sound Distorted, Stumbles ?

    Well, that sounds like a good Green Light to me.


    I'm happy. The computer doesn't crash or show blue screens, and all is well. This week I am comparing tFRC 195ns and 327.5, just because I had one single crash awhile ago when I initiated CPU-Z while @ 195. That was the only time, and I had run CPU-Z fine on other occasions. But if 327.5ns seems about as fast, and it is a trifle more stable, I'll stay with 327.5.
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    Default Re: POST BEEP Sound Distorted, Stumbles ?

    Sounds good to me.

    So you don't do stability tests with programs like Memtest86+ and Orthos? Just wondered as you never mention them. If you don't then it very well could be these errors are caused by instability that you are just not testing to find

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