winodws xp start-up trouble
Posted 17 February 2008 - 01:24 PM
Posted 17 February 2008 - 01:44 PM
What is the make and model of your computer? The beep code meanings differ between systems.
1 long beep almost always indicates a memory problem though. If you have two sticks of memory (RAM) in your computer, you can try removing one and see if it will boot. If not, swap with the other and try again.
Be careful when doing this. Make sure you touch some bare metal to discharge any static buildup before doing anything inside the computer. Also, make sure the power if off!
Posted 17 February 2008 - 02:23 PM
1: Make sure that the cable that connects the computer to the the monitor is well secured at both ends.
2: Switch off the computer and remove the video card (only possible if it's an add-on card). Look if there is another, on-board video connection. If there is, connect the monitor and boot-up.
3: If the computer has just one, on-board card, then try to get an add-on card (even a very old pci card will do), insert it into the computer and reboot. If the computer works then the problem is with the video card.
I am not sure about the terminology. By on-board I mean a video card that is part of the motherboard. By add-on I mean any video card that is not integrated into the motherboard.
Posted 17 February 2008 - 02:30 PM
Posted 17 February 2008 - 04:44 PM
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:13 PM
Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:20 PM
lets make sure its not your memory going bad...get memtest + here....
the lowdown is here...
if you have a floppy drive you can get the 6th one down ...set the bios to boot from the floppy drive A: first...then the cd drive then the Hard drive C:
or you can get the 2nd one down and burn the ISO file to a cd and then boot it from the cd drive...let memtest run for at least 2 hours...if it starts showing any errors during that time then you will have to replace the RAM...no errors after 2 hours just press Esc to end the tests and we will try some other tests
Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:29 PM
Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:38 PM
Repeating (endless loop) Memory error Check for improperly seated or missing memory.
So it still sounds like you have a memory problem.
Do you have any other memory (the old ones you replaced) you can try? Perhaps both the new ones are defective (unlikely but you never know)?
Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:42 PM
Posted 20 February 2008 - 07:13 PM
Has this machine ever been overclocked?
Since it appears you are ok about being inside the machine, let's try resetting the CMOS...I've seen bad BIOS settings cause this issue. To do this, you need to remove the CMOS battery. It's about the size of a quarter and is usually located in the lower right quarter of the Motherboard. Near the battery (either below or to the right on most) you should see 3 small pins with a jumper block on them. It should look like this, where the underscore represents the jumper . . . Move the jumper to the other pins . . . for about 30 seconds and then move it back to it's original position. Put the battery back in, making sure to put it in + side up. Try to boot your machine.
Note that this will clear the date, time, and restore all default settings to the BIOS. You will have to reset any settings you have changed such as Boot Priority. If you are not using a static strap, keep one hand or your arm touching the metal part of the case to prevent static discharge damage to the Motherboard and it's components.
Posted 20 February 2008 - 07:13 PM
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