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dino9001

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I am trying to help a freind out with their computer as the HDD went bad and I replaced it. It was running WinME on a HP Pavilion xg843/P3957A system. The recovery disk wouldn't work so I installed Win98se. I got everything working but the PCI Multimedia Audio Device and I downloaded a driver and tried to get that to work but it didn't solve the problem. So I went into setup and changed the BIOS setting on the video to PCI and now the monitor will not show anything at all!
When I boot up I get 1 long beep and 2 short beeps and zero screen on the MX50 monitor. What can I do to fix this situation I got myself into?
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That sounds like a video adapter beep code. Try resetting CMOS either by the jumper or removing the CMOS battery. Are you familiar on how to do that?
 

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No I am not, at all. Will this get the monitor to work again and allow me to put the correct setting back in BIOS?
 
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Hopefully yes, it will put your BIOS settings back to the default which should give you your video back. On the motherboard there is usually a plastic jumper or cap that covers a set of pins. It's often but not always located near the CMOS battery (which generally looks like a round watch battery). Unplug your system. The jumper is usually covering pins 1 and 2. Move it to pins 2 and 3 for about 5-10 seconds and then put it back on 1 and 2. This is the "usual" procedure and it's not the same for all mother boards, so post back if it doesn't seem right for your setup. This link may help although it really deals with a different problem. Look at "mechanically removing the password section"

http://www.dewassoc.com/support/bios/bios_password.htm

Once your video is back we can worry about the original problem :)
 

dino9001

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It is too late to do it tonight but I will get back to you tomorrow after I have done this procedure.
Thanks for the information! (y)
Dino
 

dino9001

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Norton850 You are the one! Thanks for the jumper fix - it worked like a charm.
Now how do I go about resolving the Audio problem?
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I went to the HP site to look up info on that system. You may have to help me out on this. It looks like it has an onboard audio chip. Do you know if this is the case or if a separate audio card has been added? Where did you download the audio drivers from?
 

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:) I got the BIOS problem solved and the Sound up and running. The computer is good as new !
Thanks for all your help (y)
Dave :)
 

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Yes it has an onboard sound card. I downloaded a driver from driver-downloads.com and it worked!
Thanks again for your time involving this matter.
Dave
 
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