Dead, beeping desktop

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bernsinlanc

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I was working on my daughter's hand-me-down desktop unit I built 5 or 6 years ago. She told me that she was always getting strange error messages, so I updated her a/v, and was in the process of checking for any needed Windows (XP-Pro) and browser updates, when I got the dreaded "Microsoft genuine software?" window. Since I bought that software new from New Egg, when I built the unit, I expected no problem. Well, long story short--the screen goes black, briefly, and then several pop-ups inform me that I do NOT have the genuine Windows software, but that they will gladly sell me some, for $149.95. Nuts to that, so I tried rebooting, and when it tried to restart, I got no sound, no fans running--just a beep every 5 seconds or so. Nothing works, and I had to turn off the rocker switch on the back to stop the beeping. I'm guessing that maybe the power supply failed, or maybe MS can now "ZAP" yer PC into submission if you don't have "genuine" software.
Any ideas?? (I would gladly download/run the TSG info, IF I could get it running.)

Bernie
 
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Date and Time is wrong.
Make sure it's set correctly in the BIOS. Your internal battery may have died (the tiny battery inside the computer that stores the time). This would cause the computer to forget the time.

When you first switch on, press F2/DEL or whatever it says to get into the BIOS. Set the time if it's wrong.
 

bernsinlanc

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To Dave Burnett--sorry to say that reply went right over my head! Got it now tho'. And, now that you mention it, the time WAS wrong in the BIOS, So, I set it. Sheesh. Never thought that would cause what happened. Gotta go find a battery, now. Does every pc mfgr use the same # (2032?). Hmmmm...

Bernie
 
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Hi,
Butting in my 2 cents, it looks there's a chance of life on the Mobo since it is still beeping.
I suggest remove all the RAM Cards and put them back in.
If still failed, try to isolate if one or more RAM card failed or maybe one or more slot on the Mobo.
insert the RAM Cards one by one, see if it will boot with any of the RAM cards. test each RAM slots as well by randomly (random since we are not sure yet which is/are the working RAM card) inserting the card to the slots.

It is recommended that there it is only the monitor connected when doing the test. Make sure cards are properly secure in place before turning the PC on. Keep the RAMs that doesn't produce beeping.
If none of the RAMs or Slots are successful, it could be a Mobo problem then.
 

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If you switch off using the normal switch on the front of the case it should remember the time and date.

You should still get a new battery though. It's nearly always a 2032 but if you want to make sure take the old one out and check.
 
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