Ive been having this problem for a few months now.
When I reboot, or power up the PC, I get error beeps and then nothing.
The beeps happen before anything is displayed on the screen. The beeps are 2 extremely short beeps, back to back, then 6 independant short beeps. Sad to do this but kinda like: "bipbip....Beep....Beep....Beep....Beep....Beep....Beep".
After much fidgetting, i have figured out that i can get it to boot but pressing on the RAM module, or the motherboard in that area before the beeps start, so basically as soon as I hit the reset button I start poking at it and it boots.
When it gets past the point where it normally makes the beeps, i usually makes 1 single beep and tells me there is a keyboard/interface error, or occasionaly i will get an "overclocking failed" error.
There is another sound which is the same as sound the system makes if you hold down keys for too long during boot... a very quick repetitive "clicking". This can also be rectified by pushing on the RAM module/mobo, or it simply goes away by itself by the time the first XP logo comes up.
I tried today to bypass shutting down the PC, instead using standby or hibernate; hibernate yields the same results, and standby worked ok except an error appeared when windows loaded up again stating "Power surge on USB HUB" and then gave me the option to reset the hub after disconnecting the devices (easier said than done since keyboard and mouse are both USB).
If anyone has ANY idea whats happening here, Id be most thankful.
The system is a Pentium 4 2.8Ghz on a Asus P4P800S-SE mobo. Using 512meg of DDRAM (dont have specs will get them if need be). Running a Radeon 9600 graphics card, and there is also a SCSI card and an old D-Link Dialup modem (i will try removing and booting without these as well).
Thanks in advance, and sorry for the essay!