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27-10-2008, 10:48 PM
I was doing an AVG scan on a mates computer and about halfway through it locked up. I tried ctrl/alt/del to stop the scan which didn't work. I then hit the reset which restarted the comp but it wouldn't boot up.
I get one long beep then two short beeps and then some other strange noise then nothing.
Hunting around the internet I found a list of bios codes. One long and two short means that there is an issue with the videocard.
I reseated the card with no luck. I changed videocards but still get the same three bios beeps.
Is there anything else I can try?
Could the HDD have failed? I think it was a very old drive.
Any ideas?

28-10-2008, 02:36 AM
What you found were the "Generic" beep codes.
On many (not all) newer systems, 1 Long and 2 Short beeps mean "Defective O/B Graphics and/or Mainboard", or DMA Failure. The last can be M/B, CPU, or a peripheral device.

28-10-2008, 03:41 PM
This is an old Intel Pentium 2 so the motherboard is pretty ancient!

28-10-2008, 04:55 PM
AVG eh? Just joking.

28-10-2008, 10:11 PM
Check the memory, or try a new graphics card

HDD failure shouldn't cause it, the PC should still boot and just give an error message on screen, but you could unplug it just to be sure

29-10-2008, 08:00 PM
Found the problem.
It seems to be the memory.
Not too sure if the stick I was using has just crapped itself or if it was the slot. Tried different ram in another slot and away it went.
I'm not going to play with it anymore just incase something else goes on it!
The machine is pretty old. It is only being fixed for my step mums grandson.
Thanks for all of your help once again.