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Computer not booting-Only BEEPS!

by DianeK / March 9, 2005 4:18 AM PST

I have an older PC -- Custom built -- Intel Pentium 3, Win98, Maxtor Hard drive, CD-ROM, Floppy....when I turn my computer on, it's getting power, lights on, fans going, lights flash on keyboard, but then the hard drive just gives long beeps and does not boot up. I have disconnected all peripherals except mouse, keyboard and monitor. I just get beeps. Thanks for any suggestions!

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Getting beeps is great, in a way.
by Ray Harinec / March 9, 2005 5:01 AM PST

Multiple beeps can be either bad video card, bad memory, bad CPU. Wouls try any old video card first.

What beep code are you getting??? They can be a series of short beeps, short then long and similar combinations thereof.

Depending on the make of the BIOS you can go to their site to see the beep codes [possibily].

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by DianeK / March 9, 2005 5:52 AM PST

just long beeps-- about 3-4 seconds long with a 1 or 2 second pause in between. I tried connecting a new keyboard, but it didn't work. I think it has a Phoenix(??) BIOS. I will see if I can find anything. Thanks

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Got it working
by DianeK / March 9, 2005 6:48 AM PST
In reply to: Beeps

I looked at sites for Beep codes, looked for any BIOS codes that matched my beep and found somthing that said one long beep meant RAM probem. I popped it out, bew air in the slot, then made sure it was snug again. It worked. Of course I will spend the next couple of hours backing stuff up and praying that it starts up again in the morning. Thanks for your help.

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(NT) (NT) Wonderful!!!!
by Ray Harinec / March 9, 2005 7:28 AM PST
In reply to: Got it working
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Computer not booting-Only BEEPS
by west texas / March 11, 2005 1:48 AM PST

If it happens again try booting up from the 3 1/2 floppy disk that you made when you first installed Windows 98. Sometimes this will do the trick.

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west texas
by billzhills / March 11, 2005 5:34 AM PST

System that produces a beep code is not booting to the BIOS. The BIOS checks critical hardware components and loads into memory the nessary commands to boot the system. (simplifed)

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by GAZOO548 / March 12, 2005 10:41 AM PST

I have had this problem and also know of a few others.When this happens it is usually caused because you need a new keyboard.Try another keyboard or take that keyboard to another computer and see if it does the same thing.Then you will know if it's the keyboard.

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