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One long beep, two short beeps on boot

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tkyeo, Feb 11, 2010.

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  1. tkyeo

    tkyeo Thread Starter

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    Hey, I have a problem with my laptop...it won't boot up; as soon as I try, I get 1 long beep, followed by 2 shorter beeps. There is no display on my monitor either.

    I'm really stuck at to what to do...I've done the usual taking out battery, booting without power supply, letting lappy heat up, removed and reinserted both RAM slots, checked the fan was working okay, tried to boot using a different monitor (acted as if PC was on standby)...all to no avail.

    My laptop model is:
    http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/advent/laptop/5401.htm

    It's about 16 months old, so past its warranty, I read that the beep pattern was a BIOS code for Video Card failure, which I now presume is the problem, but just wanted confirmation so I don't end up wasting a bomb of money if I need to get it repaired (diagnosis usually costs at least £50 here :s)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, unfotunately I'm no pro with these things...

    Thanks!
     
  2. Megabite

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    Could be Display adapter problem

    Try starting in safeMode and see if you can get a display

    How to Start in Safemode

    1. Restart your computer.
    2. Before the windows logo you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
    3. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
    4. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
    5. Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode..
     
  3. tkyeo

    tkyeo Thread Starter

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    Thanks for such a fast response.
    However, when I boot, there is absolutely no picture; just a blank screen; same result when I tap f8 to go into menu.
     
  4. Megabite

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    It could be your integrated Video card has failed
     
  5. tkyeo

    tkyeo Thread Starter

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    Any other options? I did just hear the windows start up sound, and pressing keys gave the 'invalid key' sound...but I guess that has nothing to do with Video Card?

    Edit: Any easy(ish) way I can test my Video Card?
     
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