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simple m-board question

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by aderek, Jan 16, 2002.

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  1. aderek

    aderek Thread Starter

    Jan 16, 2002
    very basics for testing a new board. shouldnt i be able to get bios to post with just power,cpu, and ram..no video card? i know I wont be able to see post screen, but should'nt I get a beep or clicking.
    as of now, i get cpu fan spin and no sounds at all. and yes, internal speaker is hooked up
  2. ETS


    Oct 13, 1999
    Hi aderek,

    You won't necessarily get beep codes if there is a problem on startup. It depends how far in the boot process the system gets. There are critical motherboard components (including the cpu and bios) that must be functioning properly for the POST program to get that far. It's the cpu itself that runs the post and the code for it is located in the bios.
    I've seen motherboards that won't do much of anything without a video card attached. All depends on motherboard design.

    p.s. Keep in mind that basic video functions are usually tested very early during the POST and may precede initialization of the speaker function.
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