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howesey
Feb 20, 2006, 06:25 PM
Just booted up my iMac, and every time I get a long beep from the speakers, followed by 3 or 4 flashes of the LED on the front, then the gong goes as normal and then OS X loads. :confused:

Anything to worry about?



CoMpX
Feb 20, 2006, 06:26 PM
Just booted up my iMac, and every time I get a high beep from the speakers, followed by 3 or 4 flashes of the LED on the front, then the gong goes as normal and then OS X loads. :confused:

Anything to worry about?

By any chance did you recently upgrade to 10.4.5? This is a fairly common symptom of it from what I have seen on the forums. Does this happen every time you reboot?

howesey
Feb 20, 2006, 06:27 PM
Yes, 10.4.5 here.

yellow
Feb 20, 2006, 06:29 PM
Sounds like maybe it's trying to update some firmware? I'd check the Apple forums.

Kingsly
Feb 20, 2006, 08:18 PM
On Apple's support site there is a page regarding tones/flashes on startup. it has something to do with bad RAM I believe. Try searching the Apple support site.

Eidorian
Feb 20, 2006, 08:20 PM
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86815

Google got me this in 0.45 seconds.

Kingsly
Feb 20, 2006, 08:21 PM
Found it...
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58442

The power on self-test resides in the ROM of the computer. This test runs whenever the computer is turned on after being fully shut down (the power-on self-test does not run if the computer is only restarted).
If a fault is detected during the test, you will not hear a normal startup chime. Instead, the system will beep as explained below. If you experience one of these beeps, you may call your Apple Authorized Service Provider for additional troubleshooting assistance.

1 beep = no RAM installed
2 beeps = incompatible RAM types
3 beeps = no good banks
4 beeps = no good boot images in the boot ROM (and/or bad sys config block)
5 beeps = processor is not usable

In addition to the beeps, on some computers the power LED will flash a corresponding number of times plus one. The LED will repeat the sequence after approximately a 5-second pause. The tones are only played once.