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#1 szchris384

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 01:31 PM

When I turn my cpu on it does a POST beep sequence of 1 long, 2 short
AMI Bios on ASUS P4S8000-X

My searches found the AMI Bios Beep codes say it could be video card related.
http://www.bioscentral.com/beepcodes/amibeep.htm
I've change the video card, same beeps
I've taken out the sound card, same beeps
No other cards in the computer
I took out both the video and sound card, same beeps
Shouldn't I get the no video card 8 beeps?
I've swapped the power supply, same beeps

One point, I've had to disable the onboard sound card as it stopped working and had to add a SB sound card
I'm thinking the MB is slowly dying.

After the 1 long, 2 short beeps, I shut the power switch off in the back, turn it back on, hit the power button on the front and it boots without the POST Beeps to a screen that says F1 to enter setup or F2 to load defaults and continue.
If I hit F1, it goes into Bios setup, I hit F10 to save and exit, same beeps again.
If I hit F2 instead, computer boots normally
Only way to boot is to hit F2

As I mentioned earlier, I think the MB is slowly dying, but just want another opinion

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 02:05 PM

If the system has integrated video (most do), try taking the video cards out & see what happens running with the onboard
Also, reseat the memory. If multiple sticks, try them one at a time.
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 02:08 PM

Thanks, did that already, should have mentioned it.

There is no onboard video, just the AGP slot.
Tried each memory chip one at a time in all 4 slots, same beeps.
4 memory chips altogether.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 02:55 PM

Do you actually have video...despite the beeps?

What I see indicates it's a video problem...monitor, connections, motherboard function...would be the suspects.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 03:57 PM

After the F2 route, it boots up like normal, except for some OS (XP) issues.

I've re-evaluated the memory situation.
I stated i tested all the memory individually in each of the 4 slots
They all worked in each slot.
Today I just tried each memory chip with another one
ie 1 and 2 together, 1+3, 1+4, 2+3, 2+4, etc
In each slot configuration, it slot 1,2, 1,3, 1,4 2,3, 2,4 etc
It turns out 1 specific chip won't work with another specific chip
Wierd because I haven't touched the memory in 2 years?
Do chips go bad like this
I ran Memtest86 on all the chips as that was my initial prognosis and all passed

System seems to boot now every time with only 3 memory chips 1.5gb
I've junked the 4th as it seemed to be the issue.

Now that it seems to be a memory chip issue, the OS issues will probably fix them selves as they were not normal OS issues

Thanks for all your help as it spawned my memory testing process again

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 04:40 PM

Although not common, memory can fail.
Everything breaks sooner or later, including us! :thumbsup:

Feel free to post the OS issues if they dont take care of themselves.
Flaky memory can cause all sorts of weird Windows issues.
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