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Desktop boot problem after sound card "meddling"... just a "beep" failure tone.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by joeblurton, Dec 29, 2007.

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  1. joeblurton

    joeblurton Thread Starter

    Dec 29, 2007
    Hey folks,

    My first post on here but I'm in serious trouble. I got a "new" (to me anyway) desktop running XP today and found the audio hardware wasn't working. So I pillaged an old machine for its sound card, and inserted that onto the motherboard. Also connected the Aux and CD lines to the top of the daughterboard.

    Since then, to my horror, the machine has failed to boot. All plugged in, keyboard working, screen on and being used on another box for this very post. All I get now is the usual chirps from the internal soundcard followed by a few very low notes, definitely depressing so I guess they're suggesting something's failed. There's no further action from the CPU, the fan still works, but there is no screen output whatever.

    Have I fried the motherboard without realising?!

    Also, ironically, the last failure tone was delivered by my speakers through the originally non-responsive audio hardware!

    I'd love a bit of help on this one, because my knowledge of computers' insidey bits is pretty poor.

    Many thanks,

  2. norton850


    Mar 8, 2004

    Keep your fingers crossed but the most likely thing is something simple. You may have knocked something loose like your RAM or video card if there is one so check those.

    If that doesn't work take the sound card out and see if you get anything.
  3. Chris A

    Chris A

    May 9, 2000
    Check the memory and video card to see if the got knocked lose. Pull them out and put them back in.

    does hitting F8 do anything during boot?
  4. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    You are not getting the sound from the speaker through the sound card. The speaker is connected to the mb.

    Next follow the above advise. Reseat your ram, video, hard drive, etc connections. Now pull out the sound card and see if it will boot. If it does boot OK, then shutdown and reinstall the sound card.

    When you posted the "audio hardware" was not working, do you mean onboard sound or did it have a sound card you pulled out?
  5. joeblurton

    joeblurton Thread Starter

    Dec 29, 2007
    Hi guys, thanks for all that. Everything is connected up properly, to the best of my knowledge, but my screen output is through the video card as I haven't got the right VGA adapter. I did some fiddling and securing, and the failure tone has now gone. However, there's no real clicking from the processor and the lights on both keyboard and mouse don't work. My next task is to find a VGA adapter but obviously this is tricky over the holidays in a small town! I have a feeling I'd get a better idea of what's going on if I could use the VGA output (male, stupidly) rather than the video out.

    Am I on the right lines?


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