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    Talking Oh Dear Me..... Mac issue/Beeping..sirens...

    the wife just rang me and said "listen to this"

    it was a loud audible beep/siren coming from the macbook.

    all she was doing was turning it on?

    got a grey screen no apple symbol and just the beeps/siren noise

    i'm at work so i am useless to her, i said to attempt start up again and apparently it's on now?

    any ideas what may have been the issue? Battery Low/Very Low?

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    EFI Firmware update, although there hasn't been any in recent memory.
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    Sounds like memory. You can try taking the memory out and reseating it. Or if it has 2 chips in it. Take one out and try and boot.
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    i had the same thing a while ago.. sounds like ram's not working or not in properly...
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    thanks.

    just rang the mrs. working perfectly aparantly, i will take a look tonight.

    Is this where the ram is?

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    thanks.

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    Yeah bad ram, I had the same problem after I upgraded to 4gb

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack112006 View Post
    EFI Firmware update, although there hasn't been any in recent memory.

    This is what I think happened.

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    okay then, came home and booted up the mac, seems okay.

    should i check how the ram is sitting or not.

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    if it aint broke, don't fix. But it still definitely sounds like RAM. The issues are random, it could be instability, machine won't boot, reboot randomly, beach balling, beeping.

    You can run a hardware test and see if that errors out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jack112006 View Post
    EFI Firmware update, although there hasn't been any in recent memory.
    I think there was a recent update (for Macbook Pro at least).

    310 if you can be bothered opening the thing up then I guess it wouldn't hurt to check the RAM, but personally I'd leave it alone. You could also do a hardware test to see if you get a memory error.
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    there was/were indeed recent (10.12.08) EFI and SMC updates for both (current) MB and MBPro

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    If she held down the Power button for too long this will happen. I've been helping customers for 8 years on modern "power button" powerbooks, mbp's and ibooks and its amazing how many people hold the power button down for more then 1 second (It used to be a real problem because most people turned off their machines!!) but now it causes the firmware to check for an update on the hard disk or optical drive.

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    What would be the cause of it. Not saying that he takes the memory out and puts it back in like everyday.. Why would it be the RAM?

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    Time to revive an old thread...

    Does anybody know the solution for three beeps on startup for an Alu iMac? Wife rang me at work to say the machine was frozen and when rebooted immediately gives three beeps and a grey screen. Forcing a power off and restarting doesn't help.

    A knowledge base article I found said something about "no good banks". Apart from recognising the universal truth of that statement it did not help.

    Any ideas?

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    Replace/reseat the RAM. It means no RAM detected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huy View Post
    Replace the RAM. It means no RAM detected.
    replace as in pull it out and reseat it or throw it out and start again?

    It has had the same ram in there since soon after we bought it and threw in a 2 gig stick to add to the 1 gig standard.

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    Reseat (take out, put back in).

    If that doesn't fix it, replace (throw out, get another pair).

    Test both sticks of RAM individually using something like Rember. Perhaps one of them (or both) are dodgy.

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    Turns out it is the original 1 gig hynix stick that came with the iMac that is faulty. The 2 gig stick I bought from epowermac is still going strong. Curiously when I rebooted with just the 2 gig stick and browsed to Mactalk it did not remember my login. Makes me wonder if I have lost anything else that was saved to the ram before the machine shut down...

    oh well - now that ram is so cheap I might as well throw another 2 gig stick in there.

    Thanks for your help Huy.

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