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My motherboard will give me the long beep plus 2 short beeps (Award Bios) 99 out of 100 times I restart it. So I literally have to restart it over and over again until it magically works and says it's in "Safe Mode". (Not windows safe mode, but hardware safe mode). I realize from looking it up that this particular beep means it cannot display a video out (which is painfully obvious). If my computer works 100 percent the 1/100 times I can get it not to beep, what is really going on? I'm having to never shut down my computer because i will have to spend an hour trying to get it back. I've tried air dusting all the sockets and reconnecting everything. It's not like when I get the computer to work it crashes, so I can't say I have a faulty video card per say...

Any help will be appreciated, this is the one major problem keeping me from enjoying my first custom build.

Thanks.

Edited by mobobeep, 06 January 2010 - 07:50 AM.

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On board or add on card?
It sounds like your video is failing.
What is the make and model of your system?
Laptop or Desktop?
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On board or add on card?
It sounds like your video is failing.
What is the make and model of your system?
Laptop or Desktop?



I have 8800GTS in an EVGA 650i mobo desktop

The thing is the video card is working fine right now, I'm on the computer with the problem. I just can't ever turn it off because it takes 100 restarts to get back without the 1 long 2 short beeps. Right now I have no problems at all, I can play games, do whatever. At first I thought it was a Ram problem so I got new sticks of Ram that I error checked but that didn't do anything. I have 2 , 1 GB sticks installed.
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  • Please download the Event Viewer Tool by Vino Rosso VEW and save it to your Desktop:
  • Double-click VEW.exe
  • Under 'Select log to query', select (as appropriate):
    • Application
    • System
  • Under 'Select type to list', select (as appropriate):
    • Error
    • Information
    • Warning
Then use the 'Date of events' or 'Number of events' as follows:

Either:
  • Click the radio button for 'Number of events'
    Type 3 in the 1 to 20 box (or any number from 1 to 20)
    Then click the Run button.
    Notepad will open with the output log.

  • Click the radio button for 'Date of events'
    In the From: boxes type today's date (presuming the crash happened today) 13 07 2009
    In the To: boxes type today's date (presuming the crash happened today) 13 07 2009
    Then click the Run button.
    Notepad will open with the output log.
Please post the Output log in your next reply


Download WhoCrashed from the link in my signature below
This program checks for any drivers which may have been causing your computer to crash....

Click on the file you just downloaded and run it.
Put a tick in Accept then click on Next
Put a tick in the Don't create a start menu folder then click Next
Put a tick in Create a Desktop Icon then click on Install and make sure there is a tick in Launch Whocrashed before clicking Finish
Click Analyze
It will want to download the Debugger and install it Say Yes
WhoCrashed will create report but you have to scroll down to see it
Copy and paste it into your next reply
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  • Please download the Event Viewer Tool by Vino Rosso VEW and save it to your Desktop:
  • Double-click VEW.exe
  • Under 'Select log to query', select (as appropriate):
    • Application
    • System
  • Under 'Select type to list', select (as appropriate):
    • Error
    • Information
    • Warning
Then use the 'Date of events' or 'Number of events' as follows:

Either:
  • Click the radio button for 'Number of events'
    Type 3 in the 1 to 20 box (or any number from 1 to 20)
    Then click the Run button.
    Notepad will open with the output log.

  • Click the radio button for 'Date of events'
    In the From: boxes type today's date (presuming the crash happened today) 13 07 2009
    In the To: boxes type today's date (presuming the crash happened today) 13 07 2009
    Then click the Run button.
    Notepad will open with the output log.
Please post the Output log in your next reply


Download WhoCrashed from the link in my signature below
This program checks for any drivers which may have been causing your computer to crash....

Click on the file you just downloaded and run it.
Put a tick in Accept then click on Next
Put a tick in the Don't create a start menu folder then click Next
Put a tick in Create a Desktop Icon then click on Install and make sure there is a tick in Launch Whocrashed before clicking Finish
Click Analyze
It will want to download the Debugger and install it Say Yes
WhoCrashed will create report but you have to scroll down to see it
Copy and paste it into your next reply


before i do this, will this really help? Nothing crashes or is wrong with any software I run... I just can't get the computer to turn on sometimes without mobobeeps that make me restart 100 times
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ok then let's do this a different way. Have you tried a different monitor to see if it is a monitor issue.
Do you have a Xp installation disk?
We can do a repair installation on the OS and see if that will fix the problem.

I have 8800GTS in an EVGA 650i mobo desktop

Does this mean you have a custom system and this is the video card and motherboard model?
I take it the video is built onboard then with this motherboard?
Did you recently update your video card drivers?
Did you recently do any updates to windows prior to this issue starting?
The code beep you are getting is pointing toward a video problem but i don't know if it is a driver problem or the video chips is failing.
Have you tried a different video card to see if the issue goes away?
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ok then let's do this a different way. Have you tried a different monitor to see if it is a monitor issue.
Do you have a Xp installation disk?
We can do a repair installation on the OS and see if that will fix the problem.

I have 8800GTS in an EVGA 650i mobo desktop

Does this mean you have a custom system and this is the video card and motherboard model?
I take it the video is built onboard then with this motherboard?
Did you recently update your video card drivers?
Did you recently do any updates to windows prior to this issue starting?
The code beep you are getting is pointing toward a video problem but i don't know if it is a driver problem or the video chips is failing.
Have you tried a different video card to see if the issue goes away?


I think I have to go over my problem again. It has nothing to do with the monitor, a mobo doesn't make beeps just because a monitor isn't plugged in or doesn't work. Also the 8800GTS is an nVidia graphics card, so no it is not onboard video on my mobo. Yes it is a custom build. This problem is independent of any drivers or operating system as it happens during BIOS POST, so any restoration of Operating system is pointless, same with changing drivers. I have not tried using a different video card.. I should do that.
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The the video card is failing and means eventually it will not start at all.
I suggest a replacement card and maybe keep this card in case of emergencies.
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