Posted 16 September 2008 - 06:11 AM
How would you describe the beeps? long short, fast slow, how many etc...
Alternatively tho you can try the following isolating steps.
1.Turn on the PC.
2.Listen and write down the beep code. Also note whether the case fan is spinning or making strange noises.
3.Turn off the PC by holding the power button for 5 seconds.
:Note: Perform each of the following tasks, in order, until the beeping stops.
Before starting each task, unplug the power cord and remove the side panel.
After completing a task, replace the side panel, connect the power cord, turn on the PC, and listen for a beep code.
If removing or disconnecting a hardware component is found to prevent the beep code, the associated hardware component is probably causing the problem.
4. If the case fan was not spinning, make sure the case fan is connected to the proper pinouts on the motherboard. Replace the fan if it was making excessive noise or was not spinning. If you had to plug in or replace the fan, replace the side panel, plug in the power cord and turn on the PC. If the beeps persist, go to the next step.
5. Clean cooling components that have become clogged with dust. If beeping persists, continue to the next step.
6. Remove a memory module.
If the PC stops beeping, the memory module may be bad, is the wrong type of memory for the motherboard, or was not fully seated/connected. Try reseating the memory into the socket to see if a connection was the problem, otherwise replace the module.Remove each memory module, replacing the one that was previously removed. Once all modules have been checked, if beeping persists, continue to the next step.
7. If your computer has a graphics card, remove it.
If the beep code changes or continues with the same beep pattern, the video card may still be good. reseat the video card into its socket and continue to the next step. If the beep code goes away, the video card may be bad. Try reseating the video card, making sure it is fully locked into the connector on the motherboard. If problems persist, replace the card.
8. Remove a PCI card.
If the beep code goes away, the card may be bad. Try reseating the card into its connector on the motherboard. If problems persist, replace the card. Remove each PCI card, replacing the one that was previously removed. Once all cards have been checked, if beeping persists, continue to the next step.
9. Disconnect hard drives and CD/DVD drive cables (IDE/ATA) from the motherboard socket.
If the beep code goes away, the cable or socket is probably bad. Look for bent pins inside the IDE socket on the motherboard and straighten any bent pins. Try reseating the cables into the connectors. If problems persist, the drive itself may be bad and may need to be replaced. Disconnect each drive cable, replacing the one that was previously disconnected, until all have been checked. Once all connections have been checked, if beeping persists, continue to the next step.
10. At this point, the problem probably involves the motherboard or processor. Make sure any jumpers on the motherboard have not fallen off their pins and into the case. Make sure jumpers are set correctly.
Hope this makes sense, its a lot to look at but try it step by step.
Any problems just post back
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