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Ravage
19-07-2006, 11:51 AM
Howdy

Turned on computer last night. Wouldn't boot. All fans and harddrive were spinning. Restarted computer and it began to beep. A beeeeep that repeated every 2 seconds or so continuously. I suspected a ram problem (I have 2 x 512 DDR ramsticks, one rated at 333 and the other at 400). I tried removing one and restarting, same problem, swapped it for the other, same problem, ie. neither ram stick seems to work :'(

Checked on bioscentral which confirmed that a repeating beep is a memory problem (Award BIOS). I do not currently have access to another computer that I can put my ram in to test if it is defective and I certainly don't want to put any new ram in my PC until I know what might have caused 2 ram sticks to fail at the same time.

Any ideas what might have caused this to happen? The PC was certainly going fine the night before ;)


Cheers

Ravage

gibler
19-07-2006, 12:19 PM
Well it could be a sign of ya motherboard dying... (or maybe the power supply is faulty). Anyway, until you check the RAM in another system with something like Memtest then you can't conclude they are bad.

pctek
19-07-2006, 02:01 PM
Continuous beep Power supply, system board, or keyboard problem

Dead RAM doesn't usually beep, badly seated RAM does.

Ravage
19-07-2006, 05:13 PM
Howdy

Well I did remove them and replace them several times. I would like to think I put them in right at least once ;)

I should be able to borrow my sisters PC tonight so I can try the keyboard as well as the ram in her PC to get a more definative answer.

cheers

Ravage

rawkus1020
20-07-2006, 05:16 AM
try swaping over ram as you need i think 640 kb for boot process if the first slot of ram f**ked it will not boot

rawkus1020
20-07-2006, 05:21 AM
sorry didnt read through ur message anyway award bios
1 long memory error
1 long 1 short video error
1 long 3 short video failure
continuous beeps memory or video valure

rawkus1020
20-07-2006, 05:24 AM
but award relies on mobo manifactures to make there own beep codes so check your own internal codes on your mobo manual

rawkus1020
20-07-2006, 05:28 AM
also i think well pretty sure if it was a keyboard prob it would come up at boot up time as keyboard has failed or is not found

rawkus1020
20-07-2006, 05:32 AM
it doesnt mean both sticks of ram are gone if the first line of ram is gone it wont boot up at start up as ur computer needs the first line to boot

pctek
20-07-2006, 09:08 AM
You missed the point. I wasn't suggesting you had the ram seated wrong. HINT: Try another PSU.

Ravage
20-07-2006, 11:44 AM
Howdy

Well it definately DOESN't seem to be the RAM sticks.

Tried both sticks in my sisters computer and they worked fine.

Tried her RAM in my PC, same beeping error. (makes same sound if there is no RAM inserted as well)

Tried inserting and reinserting the RAM sticks in different combinations to no avail.

Keyboard also fine.

I shall try Pctek's suggestion and try another PSU tonight when I get home.

Ps. It is a ESC L7VTA socket A motherboard with an AMD Athalon XP 2400+ processor.

cheers

Ravage

Ravage
21-07-2006, 11:22 AM
Howdy

I tried a diiferent PSU on my PC but the beeping problem persists. There is a long beep then about 4-5 second pause then repeats.

I also tried my graphics card in my sister's PC and it worked fine, all the components seem to work fine.

I guess that leaves a problem with the motherboard.

Any way to ascertain for sure that it is the motherboard (short of taking it to a PC specialist)?

If the motherboard does need replacing what kind of motherboard (socket A/462, so I can keep the processor) or motherboard/processor combo would people suggest, keeping in mind that I don't need the latest and greatest mobo out there, and I would want to keep my existing components where possible.

onboard LAN and onboard sound are perfectly acceptable.

Current specs

Athalon XP 2400+ processor (socket A)
2 x 512 Mb 400 MHz DDR RAM
250 W PSU
XABRE 400 graphics card
16x DVD-RW
40x CD-RW
80 Gb hard drive


Cheers

Ravage

Ravage
23-07-2006, 01:16 AM
Howdy

Temporary borrowing sisters PC until the problem is sorted...

Any suggestions for a new motherboard?

cheers

Ravage

Ravage
24-07-2006, 11:05 AM
Howdy

Finally shifted all my useful hardware into sister's PC.

It will do as a temporary (I hope) solution ;)

Still no suggestions for a motherboard?

Cheers

Ravage

Myth
24-07-2006, 01:42 PM
From what I can see there aren't too many Socket A motherboards around. Looking on Pricespy, there are a few Soltek still available with various chipsets. Various other places have MSI or Asrock - neither of which are known as quality mobos (though my MSI has lasted approx 3 years, I seem to have gotten a good one lol). I personally wouldn't recommend ECS (had one, lasted 13 months I think), as Im sure not many in here would either
You may want to look at an upgrade too.. if at all possible

Ravage
24-07-2006, 04:38 PM
Howdy

Unfortunately, when I got my PC (maybe 4 years ago, not long before PC company went under) it was a premade system and I didn't get a choice of motherboards.

With what I know now I wouldn't buy a package deal again and I certainly wouldn't get an ECS board either ;)

Ideally I don't want to get a whole new system as I'm currently saving for a laptop to use at my job (currently using another sister's laptop) but would still like a desktop system to use at home.

I must admit, I also had a bit of difficulty finding a suitable motherboard, my local PC places seem to all have modern mobos with pci express but not AGP slots, DDR2 ram not DDR and SATA but not ATA connections ;)

cheers

Ravage

gibler
24-07-2006, 07:02 PM
Yeah it took a while to track down some older boards where I work.
We had to ring around a few places before finding that one branch of pbtech had something suitable. And one was DOA :badpc:

Ravage
25-07-2006, 01:18 AM
Tell me about it ;)

Was offered a frre board from Uni, just throwing them away, however it would have meant a serious downgrade in proccessor to use it :'(

Ravage

drcspy
25-07-2006, 09:44 AM
Any way to ascertain for sure that it is the motherboard (short of taking it to a PC specialist)?

well you already have done what is necessary.......generally theres No particular 'test' to tell if a motherboard is dying/dead.......simply a process of elimination which you have already done.....as for socket A mobos.......look on trademe theres still new ones for sale there.....

Ravage
26-07-2006, 10:49 AM
Cheers
I'll have a look.

Now I've been having laptop problems, why do computers hate me so ;)

Ravage

Bigmicah27
15-09-2006, 10:08 AM
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what did you do after the beeping Began?

Bigmicah27
15-09-2006, 10:12 AM
Don't know why ravage.

Bigmicah27
15-09-2006, 10:23 AM
Hi Y'all Got a New Problem. I need Help. My Bio ain't beeping, what should I Do

FrankS
15-09-2006, 12:29 PM
Ravage, you say the Ram was OK on your when tested on another computer. For info Grandson just updated memory on a similar age computer, one fairly new stick and one brand new, but it took about 5 attempts with various beeps and blank screens before my grandson used what I thought was excessive force with the motherboard flexing to get the second stick to seat. The computer had been running OK with one of the sticks in slot 1.