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Computer Crashes then Beeps

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  1. mayzon

    mayzon Thread Starter

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    Hi all, I need assistance with an on going problem i've got, here we go.
    Most times I start the computer it starts fine but then after a couple of minutes it will freeze and the screen would go black this is followed by 1 long beep and 3 short beeps straight after. Sometimes it would repeat this process 3 or 4 times before it finally starts. I've run the error checker and defraged, i've also run a number of other virus scanners such as AVG, spybot and system mechanic but with no luck!
    Any help greatly appreciated
    [​IMG]
    My system:
    Asus P5B duluxe MB
    Radeon xt1900 gpc
    260gb hd
    Windows xp
    Home Edition
    2002 Service Pack 3

    Intel core 6300 @ 1.86 GHz/1.87=GHz
    2.00 GB Ram
     
  2. Claymore

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    Those beeps could indicate faulty RAM. So ...

    First thing I would do is test your RAM. You can do this with memtest, available here:

    http://www.memtest.org/

    To burn a CD, download 'Download - Pre-compiled Bootable iso'.

    For the CD you need to know how to burn an .iso file, as you don't just copy the file to a CD (see below).

    The CD is bootable. Insert the CD and restart the computer.

    If you have more than one stick of RAM, test each independently - remove all but one. Remove, Rinse and Repeat.

    ===================

    If you're unfamiliar with birning image (.iso) files or don't have a utility to do it, then you can get this freeware:

    http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

    Click any of the Mirror sites, Download and install. Use this program to burn .iso files to a CD.
     
  3. Gombot

    Gombot It's My Birthday!

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    What BIOS do you have? For example, with AMI bios, it's probably memory. Award or IBM bios, possibly video card.
     
  4. mayzon

    mayzon Thread Starter

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    Hi Gombot

    I couldn't work out weather it was AMI or IBM but i wrote down what it said on start up:

    PCIE-to-SATAII/IDE RAID Controller BIOS v1.86.22

    ODD8: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H12N

    not sure what it means apart from the date 'v1.86.22'

    Although I think it is a video card prob now you mention it, it has the right beep sequence.
     
  5. mayzon

    mayzon Thread Starter

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    Hi Claymore
    I am having trouble burning discs at the moment, I'm still trying to work out whats causing the problem, it might be related to this issue which i now think is either RAM or video card. I'll have to get the image burned another way.
    Thanks I'll let you know if it works
     
  6. Claymore

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    Hi again,

    For the board type, try this:

    Go to Start => Run and type in msinfo32
    Maximize the window, and in System Summary, on the right-hand side, note down what it says for:
    Processor
    BIOS version

    I'm not sure your problem would prevent burning .iso images, but maybe you can do it on another computer. Remember - you need an image burning program - Windows doesn't provide one.

    Luck!
     
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