New iMac - Beeps on startup

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Slinkington, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Slinkington macrumors member

    Slinkington

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    Hi there,

    I just got a new iMac and the first boot up went smoothly. I installed the System Updates and when it restarted, I got a BEEP before the usual Apple chime. I thought nothing of it as it was fine booting up after that, however I just upgraded my RAM to 16GB (4GB in each slot) and I then got 3 BEEPS, three times I think. It continued to boot up fine since then and registered that the 16GB is installed in my system and there appear to be no problems.

    Should I be concerned? Thanks for your time. :)
     
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    The beeps relate to their being no RAM installed from my experience, strange it's beeping but happily turning on, you sure the RAM is 100% pushed in? Can be fiddly and there might be a tiny loose connection confusing the mac upon startup.
     
  3. Slinkington thread starter macrumors member

    Slinkington

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    Just to confirm, the iMac has been booting up fine since the upgrade apart from that one first boot. No beeps since then. :)

    I can take another look - I did notice that I couldn't seem to get the plastic tabs back behind the ram after the upgrade, so I tucked it in-between the two ram sticks...
     
  4. Slinkington thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for that link. So it seems my problem is "RAM does not pass data integrity check" - What does this mean exactly? Also, should these tones play each time I start up if there is an issue? Because it's only done it once since the upgrade.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Make sure your RAM sticks are firmly seated.
     
  6. Slinkington thread starter macrumors member

    Slinkington

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    Okay, I checked my ram this morning (made sure it was all firmly pushed in) and it appeared alright, though it wouldn't boot up at all after this (continuous 3 beeps). So I removed and reinserted the ram and I think I saw a hair fall out of one of the slots, which I think was the problem as everything seems good now!

    Thanks a lot for the help, guys - really appreciated! :)
     
  7. Schtumple macrumors 601

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  8. Bmaintz macrumors member

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    Maybe we should wear hair nets when working on our Macs... :)
     
  9. Samuriajackon macrumors 6502

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    The first thing my Mac did when it booted up and ran updates was a Firmware or EFI update. The long low ton is normal, is that what you heard?
     
  10. thekev macrumors 604

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  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Thanks for that. I grabbed the wrong link. Fortunately, either one worked in this case.
     

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