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One Long Beep (2 secs) PC works, Monitor Doesn't.


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#1 TheFrancisco

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 10:55 AM

Hi Everyone,

 

The title says it all: usually there's one short beep (1/2 sec) and pc is fine, but today I heard a long beep (2 secs), the pc went to work normally but the monitor remained black.

I hard turned it off a couple of times but the result was the same, so I turned the power button off and waited a couple of minutes, then switched it on a it started normally with a short beep.

I've been googling like crazy (more than 2 hours now) but I cannot find ONE post somewhere about a single long beep, a continuous long beep yes, but not a single long one.

What am I facing here? what should I do if it happens again and more pertinently if I fail to start it by using any method?

The site of my motherboard fails to mention, in their "beep sign list" one long beep so I am at lost here :-( ...

My System:

Windows 7, Home Edition

BIOS: Gigabyte, Award Software F9

 

I don't know whether this is of relevance, but I've been having some mouse and keyboard freezes while playing games (and only then) as I'm using a cordless keyboard, mouse hardware from Logitech.

 

I want to solve this before it gets worse, so any help will be appreciated.

 

Regards,

Francisco.

 

PS: It just struck me that it has happened a couple of days ago but the "hard turn off" solved the problem so IT IS getting worse...

 

 



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#2 mjd420nova

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 01:48 PM

A long beep at the start up, as soon as power is applied is usually a memory fault in the very first bank, where on-board video is resident.  That would result in an apparent start but without video to see that it didn't get past the BIOS as the first bank of memory is where the BIOS unloads into.  Reseating the memory may cure the fault but a failure of the connector may be resulting in a complete failure when the board is reseated.  Not an uncommon fault in older machines.



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Posted 26 April 2018 - 03:29 PM

I hear you; so what's your advice? ( and you're right my pc is a bit old, despite some new hardware that I pimped it up...)


Edited by TheFrancisco, 26 April 2018 - 03:31 PM.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 04:31 PM

The normal approach is to remove all but one of the memory modules to see if it then works.  If it does, try the next one and so forth.  If they all work individually, add them back in an organized fashion; though, as a note, it could just be a dirty memory connector where unplugging and replugging fixes it.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 05:20 PM

Let me see if I get this straight:

So, what you're saying (both of you) is that it, definitely, has to do with the ram memory; correct?



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Posted 26 April 2018 - 06:41 PM

You have a slightly unusual symptom; but, it is definitely the highest probability.  I did say; though, that it could be nothing more than dirty contacts and I have seen that several times.


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Posted 27 April 2018 - 02:25 AM

Ok, I'll give it a shot: I'm going to check out those sticks (when I have more time available) and I'll post here my results.






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