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pc does not pass the P.O.S.T. screen


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racenutalways

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Friends pc died, she kindly brings it to me, HA!!

The story goes, her son decided to add ram to his pc to play a game. Needless to say, he installed some very old 64mb sticks that wasn't compatible. His mother decided, well, maybe I should re-format, pc died on reboot during the install.

Can't get past the POST, it detects all drives, I have un-installed everythig except, ram, video hard drive and cd rom. Had to replace the CMOS battery, it was dead. When I initially went into BIOS settings, it asked for a password, they had this pc since new (2001), she doesn't recall ever placing a P/W there? Oh well, no biggy, I reset the BIOs to default via jumper. I am now able to get in, set "boot from cd" reboot. Can not past POST test, that's where I am now.

When I boot the pc up, split second after I hit that button, I get a short beep. Do PCs beep upon initial start that quickly or is the MOBO telling something like ram problem?
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did the computer come with a manual? because.. those beepy sounds are all identifications on certain problems on the MOBO... i think 1 beep is "everything is O.K."... but im not sure.. i havent looked in my manual in ages.. try going to your local libray and check out a book on COMPUTER UPGRADING AND BUILDING.. taht should tell you waht the beeps mean...
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one short beep, means system ok.

Does anyone know any good tutorials on troubleshooting Boot up problems, also tried some old 128mb ram stick to no avail.
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For the tutorials you could probably just search it up on google. and as for the RAM.. i think you can find them on NEWEGG.COM is you cant find them at your local computer and elctronics store..
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