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#1 drksky2103

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:14 PM

I really hope i have this in the right topic, i am sorta confused by all the technical words and such.
Ok here is my problem and any help or suggestions any one can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Due to the help of my son my computer was improperly shut down and when we went to turn it back on nothing happened other then a few beeps, we were able to hear the fan running. We checked all the cords and nothing helped. I had a friends husband bring his tester over, he said it is either the motherboard or memory. My question is how do i tell which it is and is this fixable for someone with VERY LITTLE computer knowledge.
Thank you in advance
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:38 PM

Hi, Anj :thumbsup:.

Hopefully, you have XP installed :flowers:.

<<...and is this fixable for someone with VERY LITTLE computer knowledge...>>

Depends on what the problem is. All due respect to your friend...but there are many situations that don't confine themselves to motherboard/memory choices...which might cause a system not to boot properly.

Sooo...let's pretend that we don't know what the problem is and start from the beginning :trumpet:.

System manufacturer and model?

Nothing at all appeared onscreen?

Desktop or laptop?

Do you have a Microsoft Genuine XP CD?

If desktop...did anyone check the monitor for possible malfunction?

If laptop...did anyone check the panel for functionality...by connected the laptop to a monitor?

The beeps you heard...was that the normal occurrence when you boot the system?

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:54 PM

I would test the memory in another computer and see if it works there, and if it does then its probably the motherboard. Also take RAM that works from a known good PC and test it in the PC thats having the issue.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:59 PM

"I had a friends husband bring his tester over, he said it is either the motherboard or memory"

Any idea what tester was used?

Is the beep pattern one long and three short like beeeep beep beep beep?

Sounds to me like either the video card or memory is loose.
Can you open the case and reseat them?
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:17 PM

ok. here is what i know for sure about the system.

the computer is a desktop, yes we do have the xp disk it was not a pirate version or anything like that. i do not know of the type of tester used.

the beep pattern was three beeps, and no it was not a normal occurrence when we would turn the machine on.

i actually never thought to try it with another monitor, we are currently borrowing my father in laws extra comp so when my husband gets home i will have him hook our machine to this monitor to give it a try.

we have already tried opening the cover and ensuring that everything was hooked up nice and snug.

the parts from our system do not fit into the comp we are using now, wade (hubby) says they do not fit (the computer we are borrowing is very old)

i know nothing of system type and/or manufacturer.

i feel so very confused, thank you so very very much!!
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:20 PM

Is it one long beep followed by 3 short beeps?

That indicates a video card issue.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:47 PM

Thanks for the info, it's all confusing until you work it with it more :thumbsup:. I now bow out to those with the real knowledge.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 08:07 AM

You might need to identify the motherboard

http://www.pcnineoneone.com/howto/moboid1.html

http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/mb/det.htm

http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/...b/CS-030327.htm
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Posted 30 October 2010 - 12:01 PM

WOW!! gotta love computers , seems my motherboard was "fried" as my father in law explained it to me... so now i am on a new computer with windows 7 and i have to say i do not like this version of windows at all. I am currently working on making sure i have all the protection i need. i am thinking AVG and spyguard any suggestions? Thanks!!
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Posted 30 October 2010 - 12:09 PM

I recommend this: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 03:10 PM

For more ideas on protection for the system...you should visit AV, Firewall, Privacy Protection Forum

You may have to remind posters that you now have a system with Windows 7, rather than XP.

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Edited by hamluis, 30 October 2010 - 03:12 PM.





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