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Old Mar 13th, 2007, 10:16 PM   #1
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macbook makes beeping sound and wont start

Well as the post states, my moms macbook will not start up. She explained as best she could over the phone. There is a white screen, guessing grey, and the computer makes 3 beeps, I think it was 3 anyways. Nothing starts up. Any ideas?

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Old Mar 13th, 2007, 10:21 PM   #2
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3 beeps on startup means there is no valid RAM in the unit - either defective RAM, missing RAM, or defective RAM slots (read: defective logic board).
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Old Mar 13th, 2007, 10:31 PM   #3
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thanks Lars, she definitely did not go into change ram, I will bring it into Carbon tomorrow.
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Old Mar 13th, 2007, 10:52 PM   #4
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It's unlikely as heck, but perhaps the RAM got loose? Perhaps it wasn't stuck all the way in all this time?

RAM is user replaceable/serviceable, you could check on this yourself.


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thanks Lars, she definitely did not go into change ram, I will bring it into Carbon tomorrow.
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It's unlikely as heck, but perhaps the RAM got loose? Perhaps it wasn't stuck all the way in all this time?

RAM is user replaceable/serviceable, you could check on this yourself.
I agree. Check the RAM and slots and reseat the DIMM's before turning her in for repair service.
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Old Mar 14th, 2007, 01:25 PM   #6
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It was the ram, brought it to Carbon, they checked while I was there. Applecare covers it, so they left one 512 mb stick in, and the other 512 is on order.

thanks for your help!
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Old Jun 4th, 2008, 01:22 PM   #7
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Thanks to wonderings, Lars and HowEver -

From South of the Border .. Just wanted to say thanks for your postings back in March 13/14 2007 re Macbook problem with RAM - 3 beeps on startup problem.

Went thru a few sites b4 finding some info and then verifying it on your site/thread ! So many thanks !!

Have come back to Mac with 2 Macbooks now and this one started acting up about 2 weeks ago. Thought I had it resolved but then just failed yesterday. Re-seated the RAM and back in business again.

With that just have one question - What application(s) do you folks use for diagnostics and error code references ?

Thanks again and look forward to hearing from you, if you're still connected.

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