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Another Pc That Won't Boot


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#1 Izzy

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 05:08 AM

ahtlon 1.5ghz
80gb hardrive
256mb ram

pc won't boot it just beeps at me in threes, beep beep beep pause beep beep beep pause over and over nothings happens. i checked to see if there was anything not connected but everything seems to be in place.
the last thing i saw on the screen was "Windows failed to start and has been shut down to prevent damage"
then there was something about a memory dump and that was it. can't boot from a cd or floppy or nothing.

the beeps sounds like its coming from the motherboard

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 06:04 AM

3 short beeps often means defective memory.
If there's more then one module start playing musical chips :thumbsup:
If it only has a single chip, try moving it to a different slot.
Reseat the video card too (if it's not utilizing on-board that is)
Please post make and model of system, or at least the board manufacturer.
Sometimes the bios is tweaked on an OEM system and beep codes may be slightly different.

Edited by HitSquad, 19 May 2006 - 06:04 AM.


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Posted 19 May 2006 - 07:00 PM

I have some system specs i finally found.

ASROCK K7S41GXAMD MOTHERBOARD
DDR 512MB RAM
CD BURNER (SAMSUNG)
STANDARD FLOPPY
MAXTOR 80GIG HDD 7200RPM
SEMPRON 2400 CPU AND FAN OEM
XP HOME

The PC came with 256mb ram standard this problem happened with this ram, i had a 512mb laying around so i tried that but still does the same, even putting them in the other slot but does the same, there's 2 slots for ram, i tried 256mb in both does the same 3 beeps, tried the 512mb ram in both slots does the same 3 beeps, it is onboard video but i do have a video i can put in as it does have a slot for that. So by the sounds the ram slots may be faulty well the motherboard itself then?

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:36 PM

Her are a couple of diagnostic programs to help to confirm what you have found.

Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic"
MicroSoft's Memory Test

BIOS beep & POST codes

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 01:52 AM

Mentest86 & Microsoft's Memory Test didn't work it won't read from the CD drive or the floppy drive just BEEP BEEP BEEP PAUSE BEEP BEEP BEEP PAUSE continously over and over. It has to be a memory problem but if the ram works in my other computer it's not the RAM itself but the slots that the RAM goes into. I don't know.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 02:23 AM

I found the following..

A memory failure has occurred in the first 64K of RAM. The RAM IC is probably bad



ASROCK K7S41GX AMD motherboard
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Posted 20 May 2006 - 02:47 AM

i was going to send an email to the tech support but they don't have my model in the model type nor do i know the BIOS version. So i am unable to do that.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 03:09 AM

Why are you going to call AMI? They will not help you with a memory problem.
Here is a link to the BIOS tech esupport. Let me know if I can help you further.


http://www.esupport.com/biosupgrades/index.cfm
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Posted 20 May 2006 - 03:16 AM

if the computer won't show a thing because it is pretty much a memeory thing how am i going to find out a BIOS? It won't show zip.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 03:28 AM

On the top of the BIOS chip it's self there is a code that esupport can use, along with knowing it's a Dell, to help you with the BIOS. Why do you need to know your BIOS? It's not bad to know but how will it help you with your memory problem?
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Posted 20 May 2006 - 03:40 AM

what does the BIOS chip look like and the code look like?

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 06:11 AM

Hi Izzy.
On the link acklan left you is the manual for that board.
The bios chip location is on Page 7, #21. The info won't do you any good though. :thumbsup:
The K7S41GX uses PC2700 (DDR333) AND PC2100 (DDR266) only.
If the 512 mb chip you used that you had laying around is not one of the above, it's an inconclusive test.
If the 256mb chip that was in the ASROCK board works in another system, the mainboard is most likely shot.
2 and 3 quick consecutive beeps with an AMI bios is definetly a memory error code.
ASROCK is one of the worst boards out there.
I'm not sure were "Dell" came into this, I don't see it anywhere in the post but most have a set of diagnostic lights on the back of the system. You would need the system manual for descriptions of the light codes in that case.
Those are available at Dell's website.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 04:36 PM

So really, if the board itself is actually having memory errors and classed as one of the "WORST" you can buy. Relistically, i should be looking at getting a decent board and start over. Also there are no lights on the back of the system. I'll go looking at some motherboards and get some prices. If you can reccomend a decent but not expensive board (Australia/Ausie land) would be a help.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 04:39 PM

i found a range at this sight: http://www.shopbot.com.au/c-81-0-0-1.html which is australia. I thought they would be more expensive than that, but obviously it's the CPU that is.




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