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Motherboard beeps, sometimes


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#1 mobobeep

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 02:32 AM

My motherboard will give me the long beep plus 2 short beeps (Award Bios) 99 out of 100 times I restart it. So I literally have to restart it over and over again until it magically works and says it's in "Safe Mode". (Not windows safe mode, but hardware safe mode). I realize from looking it up that this particular beep means it cannot display a video out (which is painfully obvious). If my computer works 100 percent the 1/100 times I can get it not to beep, what is really going on? I'm having to never shut down my computer because i will have to spend an hour trying to get it back. I've tried air dusting all the sockets and reconnecting everything. It's not like when I get the computer to work it crashes, so I can't say I have a faulty video card per say...

Any help will be appreciated, this is the one major problem keeping me from enjoying my first custom build.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:47 PM

Does your video card have a fan?
Is it working?
Do you have the extra power cord plugged into the card?
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 02:20 AM

Does your video card have a fan?
Is it working?
Do you have the extra power cord plugged into the card?


Yes I have the 8800GTS and it has a fan and it works, I can hear and see it and yes I have the power cord plugged into it. My computer was fine for 2 years, same components except for some new RAM I got because I thought that was the problem. 1/100 times I restart the computer will work so I know there is no permanent hardware failure.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:24 PM

The only way to be 100% sure is to try a different video card
You might try to look at yours as closely as possible for any discoloration or bulging/split capacitors
You want to see flat-tops, not dome-shaped
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