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12-08-2004 04:04 PM  13 years agoPost 1
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Hey guys,

I'm having trouble with my desktop computer in my home office, I'm not sure of the specs for it but I know it's an AMD processor. anyway, when I power up the computer all I get is the drive light on steady and a momentary beep from the internal speaker, the monitor acts like there is no signal getting to it, and after a few minutes of the beeping and solid drive light the computer will shut itself off and then you have to wait about 10 minutes before you can power it back up again. I took the cover off the side and both the processor fans are running as well as the fan for the power supply. I tried booting from a disk but that did nothing as well. I even tried switching to a different video card in hopes that was it, no help at all.

I know it's not alot of information but anybody have any ideas and what may be wrong ? by the way, this computer spends alot of time on the internet, I had Norton AV and AVG running all the time plus the AV that my ISP routes through.


thanks,

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12-08-2004 04:17 PM  13 years agoPost 2
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If the lights come on and nobody is home, it means the motherboard isn't powering up because it has detected a problem. You can usually tell what the problem is by the amount of beeps you get afterwards (if any). A beep beep beep then pause beep beep beep means there is a problem with the graphics card, a single beep lasting a second or so means there is a problem with the memory. There are others but i can't remember what they are without hearing them. I'd suggest taking the memory out and putting it back in again, or borrow a stick off somebody to test.

This wasn't caused by virus' or spyware. I only know of one virus' that can damage hardware and that hasn't been around for a while and does something slightly different anyway.


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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12-08-2004 04:49 PM  13 years agoPost 3
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Drunk Monk is right about the memory (RAM)
Every once in a while my laptop will do exactly what you described, upon booting it powers up, I get a beep but nothing on the screen. I turn the power off open up the back, pull both of my 256K memory sticks out, then plug them back in, reboot and everything works fine.

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12-08-2004 04:51 PM  13 years agoPost 4
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You might try substituting a PCI video card.

A couple weeks ago I had one that gave one long beep, and two or three short beeps on start-up - but would promptly shut itself off again.

After a bunch of experimentation, we found that the AGP slot on the mother board had gone bad. Popped in a new mother board, put the same videa card, processor and memory back in, and she ran like new.



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12-08-2004 04:55 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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Yes, I agree with DM except the exact beeping pattern varies among mother board manufacturers. My next move if I was you would be to verify that the monitor itself works on another machine, then the videocard, then on to motherboard issues. Troubleshoot in a logical order verifying each individual component and you can be more sure of your problem.

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12-08-2004 05:39 PM  13 years agoPost 6
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True the beeps do vary between manufacturers, the new asus motherboards have the right idea, they actually talk to you and tell you what the problem is


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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12-08-2004 05:52 PM  13 years agoPost 7
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Hey, thanks guys.

I have tried the reverse of testing equipment, I hooked the cpu up to a different monitor and still get the same thing, I also tried switching the video card for one I know was working in another unit. I will try the memory though. the beep is a rythmic 1 beep--silence-1 beep--silence--1 beep type of deal, the beeps are about 5 seconds apart if that helps.

it could be something is loose, my youngest son said that he accidently kicked a cord and the computer shut off, he tried to restart it and this is how it ended up.

I'll check when I get home for the memory issue.

thanks,

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12-08-2004 05:59 PM  13 years agoPost 8
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That's a memory beep that is, I hear it in my sleep


Stephen

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12-08-2004 06:29 PM  13 years agoPost 9
eSmith

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Ya, it's sounding more and more like it all the time. hope you get it fixed!


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