Dual P3 ...eight beeps

By sabenfox
Jan 4, 2004
  1. hey, i recently built a dual pentium 3. It had 256 megs of rdram (800) and is dual 600mhz p3's. When i plug the system up it beeps eight times then doesn't do anything. Can anyone help me out ?
    The motherboard in the system is a Gateway Intel (Hawaii) RAMBUS Motherboard.

    The link for the motherboard is
    Thanks for any help in advance !
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    this page says 8 beeps means display memory error, however it doesn't say if the beeps are continuous or not.
  3. sabenfox

    sabenfox TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    ok i did a search for Display memory R/W error on google and the most i could come up with is make sure the memory is corectly seated, which im' sure it is
  4. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    Isn't Rambus finicky on the slots it uses? I know it absolutely needs to be in pairs.....of course, that's an old mind recollecting.
  5. sabenfox

    sabenfox TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    sorry i was wrong, it's 7 beeps total. It beeps like this

    which is 2 short beeps, followed by 5 fast beeps

    gateway says the error is

    Memory failure (number of devices detected does not match SPD data)

  6. sabenfox

    sabenfox TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    and yes rambus has to be in pairs, i have two 128 megs pc800 modules in slot 1 and slot 3
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Some mainboards also require terminator modules to be placed on slots if all memory slots are not in use.
  8. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    Stupid question, have you tried moving the memory around, switching which one is in which slot, and switching slots???
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    It is very possible your system does not like the memory or one of the modules are bad. Make sure you have terminators for the rest of your unused slots as well (Like Mic suggested).

    I would also suggest reseating the memory whether it looks like it is in or not. Sometimes it just doesn't make good contact for some reason.
  10. sabenfox

    sabenfox TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    i've heard of putting terminators in for the cpu but i didn't think that memory modules needed terminators. If i do decide to put them in i'll have to order them from online.

    I have switched the memory to slot 2 and 4 and nothing, and i've also set them memory in more then one time. So i'll see about putting some terminators in, if not that then i guess i'm screwed =P
    Thanks for the help :cool:
  11. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    I have had a couple of intel boards that ran rambus you MUST have continuity module in the sockets that dont have ram in them.

    the link you posted tells you this.

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