My G5 tower beeps 50 times every 10 min

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Hello everyone, I recently upgraded my G5 from 4 to 16gig and its working great, much faster the only thing is that every 10 min it beeps 50 or so times. Does anyone know what caused this and how I can fix it?

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Hello everyone, I recently upgraded my G5 from 4 to 16gig and its working great, much faster the only thing is that every 10 min it beeps 50 or so times. Does anyone know what caused this and how I can fix it?

You are probably correct…that your Powermac G5 is beeping 50 times every 10 minutes. But technically it is beeping in a repeating pattern. Since we are talking about a recent ram upgrade…that beeping pattern is probably 3 beeps…then a short pause…3 beeps…short pause…3 beeps…short pause...etc etc.

These beeps mean that there is a problem with the ram. Either it is:

- not seated properly in the ram slots
- the ram is bad/faulty
- its the wrong ram for the computer
- the ram is not installed in matching pairs

I'm not sure how many sticks of new ram you installed. But I would remove all the new ram…and install the old ram. The beeping should stop.

- If the ram is not seated properly. Then the ram needs to be removed…and reinstalled/reseated.
- If the new ram you got is the correct ram…then you must reinstall them in matching pairs. So you could reinstall some of the ram in matching pairs (one pair at a time). And see what happens (beeping or no beeping). Use this process to identify the bad/faulty ram.
- If the ram is the wrong ram…then the ram needs to be returned…and the correct ram purchased.
- And of course check to be sure the ram is installed as matching pairs. And that's matching pairs in the correct ram slots. You should refer to a ram install diagram for a Powermac G5 showing how the ram needs to be installed.

HTH,

- Nick
 
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Tell us about the memory. Did it came from Mac Specialists Crucial or OWC? Macs are very fussy about using the correct, dearer low density modules rather than the general PC high density modules.
 
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50/10 = 5/1 - just sayin' ;)
 

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50/10 = 5/1 - just sayin' ;)

Yes…good math!:)

I'm guessing the OP was probably estimating things…and probably was way off. But in reality (if the OP was actually counting beeps for 10 minutes)...5 beeps/minute probably wouldn't be enough to conform to the "beep fault codes" we Apple users are familiar with.

- Nick
 

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