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Reviving An Old Computer......that Worked A Couple Of Days Ago


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#1 sonic1186

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:23 PM

Hey, okay, I have this problem that I've been workin on for months. I have this pretty old computer. I call her Old Becky. It was the first computer I ever built......anyway, so the problem is this: It doesn't get to the post screen anymore. You turn it on and the lights come on. The CD Drive light flickers like it should and the floppy drive light comes on then goes off like it normally would......but no post screen. The screen LED, however, blinks from green to orange when you push the restart button sometimes. Don't know if that's relevant but I figured I'd throw that in. Also, it makes a beep code. It goes: beeeeep beep beep, high tone low tone. Then it just sits there.

It would probably help if I gave some details on the board, ain't. lol. sorry, my bad. The manual says it's a Soyo SY-5EHM/5EH5 Super 7 Mainboard. The board itself says SY-5EHM V1.1. It runs an AMD-K6-2/450AFX 2.2V CORE/3.3V processor. The BIOS type is AWARD......if that helps any. It also has a removable Graphics, sound, and ethernet card.

What I have tried: I replaced the graphics card with a known working one....no change. I stripped the machine and reassembled it....that worked once about a year or 2 ago when I couldn't get it to start up, not this time. I tried replacing the watch battery. I tried reseting the CMOS. I've replaced the Power Supply....no change.

So...yeah, I'm not sure if this is fixable this time or not. I like to think she has a few more years in her but who knows. So any methods to try or anything would be greatly appreciated because I'm out. Thanks.

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 09:29 PM

Award BIOS beep codes This will help decipher the beeps. If it's been sitting for awhile, I would replace the motherboard battery, remove everything possible, blow clean, and reseat all cards cables, memory, anything you can think of
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#3 sonic1186

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 10:16 PM

thanks for responding.....and researching. It actually wasn't sitting around. lol. My good computer's processor fan had died and I used Becky for a while until I was able to fix that computer. It had Windows ME on it...yeah, I just wanted to mess around and see if I could keep the OS from crashin and burning like it had to alot of people. lol Anyway, I fixed my good computer and decide that I was gonna format the drive and install something else because it had gotten really slow for no reason at all. I then formated the drive and removed the graphics card to use in another computer i was testing stuff on and when I put the card back into Becky a couple days later it wouldn't come back on and it gave me those beeps. So I don't know. Do you have any theories as to why it just suddenly doesn't work any more? I don't get it. Other than it's old. Also, I just removed everything cleaned it off good. no signs of physical damage anywhere. Oh! I reassembled it without the HD, CD, Floppy, and extra stuff and now there's a pause between the beeps........like, it goes: beeeeep beep beep ...........high tone low tone. Not sure if that holds any relevence but I figured it was another piece of the puzzle.

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 10:59 PM

Beeps | Error Message | Description
1 long, 2 short | Video adapter error | Either video adapter is bad or is not seated properly. Also, check to ensure the monitor cable is connected properly.



From the Award website posted earlier. . .I'd check out that stuff.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 02:31 AM

I'd say test the PSU manually.




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