Why is my Macintosh beeping 3 times when I turn it on?

Macintosh RAM ChipWhat do you do when you hear 3 beeps when you try to turn on your computer? First of all, don’t panic. What this typically means in one of about 3 possible problems. First of all, this usually means that the built-in memory (not where your files are stored), or RAM, is either damaged, not seated correctly, or, the slot that they plug into is malfunctioning. A last dark horse that could cause this triple beeping is a strange bug while running Google Drive software on a Macintosh running 10.6 (Snow Leopard). If you meet this last condition, either deinstall Google Drive or upgrade your Macintosh operating system. See some more suggestions below after the fold below!


If your RAM is causing this beeping, what has to happen first is a reseat of the internal RAM. This means opening the bottom of the computer and removing the RAM chips and reseating them. You will want to have anti-static working conditions for this, such as an anti-static wrist bracelet or mat. This assures that you won’t zap the internal components of your Macintosh with harmful static electricity. Sometime, you will want to only reinstall 1 chip at a time, and through the process of elimination, you can figure out which RAM stick is bad.

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