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Zepe

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My computer has quit working. When I turn it on all the fans run fine, but the screen remains black. I get 1 long and 3 short beeps, but I canít find what they mean. There is an ap that one can down load that checks your computer and tells you the meaning, but since I canít start itÖ..

It started out by randomly shutting off every so often and I could re-start it and it would run fine for a while. This went on for a couple of days and yesterday it died and wouldnít start again.

I gave the power supply a superficial check and the +3.3v, +5v and +12v supplies are good. I couldnít easily get to the -12v line so I didnít check it.

I have a Thermaltake, Tough Power 850 watt power supply so it should be hefty enough. I guestimate that Iím using about 450 watts so the supply shouldnít be working hard. I suspect that something might have gone south in the motherboard or CPU, but Iím obviously not sure. I am going to pick up a power supply taster today since they donít cost much and are easy to use.

Does anyone have any suggestions, or know what the 1 long and 3 short beeps mean? The motherboard is an ASUS Crosshair (the older one) with an AMD A64 x2 6000 3.0G AM2x1M R CPU. The computer is about 2 1/2 years old.

Thanx,
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Hello Zepe...

Two things that can cause this are bad (or loose) memory modules or a misconfigured (or failed) hard drive.

What brand of HDD do you have installed?

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The 1 long and 3 short beeps mean that there could be a memory issue or a video issue.
Start with memory and re-seat the ram. Try only 1 stick if you have more than 1.
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I removed and cleaned the connectors on the memory strips (4) with an eraser and made certain that they're seated firmly, but that didn't have any effect.

The main HDD which contains Drive C I just replaced about a month ago. It's a Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB, model No. WD5000AAVS.

I will try swapping the memory modules around and will also swap the HDDs, I have two. I'll also try swapping out the video card If I still have an old one I can use.

Thanx guys,
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It's up and running again! The problem turned out to be the graphics card. I managed to find my old one, swapped them out and the computer fired right up. So now I'm off to get a new card.

I guess one of the morals here is don't get rid of your old components. I was getting ready to list my old graphics card on Craig's List, I'm glad I didn't.

My thanks to you guys.

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I guess one of the morals here is don't get rid of your old components.

You should see all the old stuff I have.

Glad you got it sorted out and thanks for letting us know.

Congratulations. :) for a successful resolution for your issue. I am happy everything has been worked out for you. With that being said I am happy to say:


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