What's wrong with my computer, motherboard? I don't understand what you're trying to tell me...
By now you’ve used your PC enough to know that when you start it up, it will beep during the computer POST (Power On Self Test) which tests the computer every time you start it up, checking that it meets the necessary system requirements and that all the hardware is working properly before continuing on with the boot process. Occasionally, your PC will fail during the POST, and knowing the BIOS beep code that results during this catastrophic situation would obviously prove useful in troubleshooting, but who the heck ever takes the time to research the codes?
BIOS Beep Codes is a handy little software program that addresses your lack of planning for the future (of really crapping trips to Geek Squad). BIOS beep codes explains the BIOS POST beep codes your motherboard emits. It contains a massive database with beep codes from all major BIOS manufacturers (AMI, AWARD, Phoenix, IBM). Whether you’re on a Gigabyte, Gateway, Lenovo, HP, ASUS or any other machine, this little program will explain the pattern of beeps, for instance, one long and three short, to keep you from having to break out the system manual to try to figure them out yourself. Of course you could always Google it, but, oh wait, your computer won’t turn on…
BIOS Beep Codes also includes a useful lookup tool to search for the codes. All you need to do to figure out the mystery of the busted motherboard is choose your BIOS type and click on the beep code you're hearing, at which point you’ll be given a detailed description of the problem and how to fix it.
The free download is totally portable and takes up hardly any space on your USB thumb drive, so you can always open it on your friends laptop and impress him with your ability to plan ahead (or get criticized for buying yet another piece of crap discounted build).
An essential part of any computer geeks arsenal, BIOS Beep Codes is a fantastic little program and free download to help you figure out your motherboard problems.