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  1. ChfTx

    ChfTx Thread Starter

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    Old Gateway 2000.......P1

    When I turn the computer on, it gets about 2 screens into checking the system.........then it shuts down and turns itself off.
    When I first powered this one up, I had to start it 3 times before it would stay on.

    Now that I've done the work I want to the computer, and it's all ready for an owner, it still does it, but only once or twice before it stays on..........?

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks all!
     
  2. Triple6

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    Could be a fualty powersuppl or faulty RAM. Try reseating ALL the cards/componenets/connections. Also try swapping out the powersupply.

    If its an AT style powersupply then the only thing that could do this is a faulty powersupply. Anything else could crash the system but not likely cause it to completely power-off. If ATX, it could almost any component.
     
  3. ~Candy~

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    Sounds like it could be shorting against the case too..................
     
  4. pronute

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    Could be the CDROM drive also, I replaced many CD drives on Gateways try disconecting the CD see if it clears up.
     
  5. ChfTx

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    There was an old modem in there with an audio cable attatched from it to the motherboard.....I removed them both and that seems to have done the trick.......I shut it down, let it cool, and tried it a couple times....ok so far....

    however.......

    There's still a long, continuous beep ( I think it's continuous) when the computer is turned on, but goes away momentarily..........is this normal?

    Thanks!
     
  6. PROJECT

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    I dont know anything about gateway BIOS, but all computers usually have one continuos short beep (about one second long), meaning everything in the BIOS is ok. How long is the beep and are you sure it is only one?
     
  7. ChfTx

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    I'd say it's either 1, 3 sec. beep, or 3, 1 sec. beeps.........if it's 3 beeps, ther're awfully close together
     
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    BIOS Beep Codes

    AMI BIOS Beeps
    Error Message
    Description

    1 short DRAM refresh failure The programmable interrupt timer or programmable interrupt controller has probably failed
    2 short Memory parity error A memory parity error has occurred in the first 64K of RAM. The RAM IC is probably bad
    3 short Base 64K memory failure A memory failure has occurred in the first 64K of RAM. The RAM IC is probably bad
    4 short System timer failure The system clock/timer IC has failed or there is a memory error in the first bank of memory
    5 short Processor error The system CPU has failed
    6 short Gate A20 failure The keyboard controller IC has failed, which is not allowing Gate A20 to switch the processor to protected mode. Replace the keyboard controller
    7 short Virtual mode processor exception error The CPU has generated an exception error because of a fault in the CPU or motherboard circuitry
    8 short Display memory read/write error The system video adapter is missing or defective
    9 short ROM checksum error The contents of the system BIOS ROM does not match the expected checksum value. The BIOS ROM is probably defective and should be replaced
    10 short CMOS shutdown register read/write error The shutdown for the CMOS has failed
    11 short Cache error The L2 cache is faulty
    1 long, 2 short Failure in video system An error was encountered in the video BIOS ROM, or a horizontal retrace failure has been encountered
    1 long, 3 short Memory test failure A fault has been detected in memory above 64KB
    1 long, 8 short Display test failure The video adapter is either missing or defective
    2 short POST Failure One of the hardware testa have failed
    1 long POST has passed all tests


    AWARD BIOS
    Beeps
    Error Message
    Description

    1long, 2 short Video adapter error Either video adapter is bad or is not seated properly. Also, check to ensure the monitor cable is connected properly.
    Repeating (endless loop) Memory error Check for improperly seated or missing memory.
    1long, 3short No video card or bad video RAM Reseat or replace the video card.
    High frequency beeeps while running Overheated CPU Check the CPU fan for proper operation. Check the case for proper air flow.
    Repeating High/Low CPU Either the CPU is not seated properly or the CPU is damaged. May also be due to excess heat. Check the CPU fan or BIOS settings for proper fan speed.




    PHOENIX BIOS
    Beeps
    Error Message
    Description

    1-1-2 CPU test failure The CPU is faulty. Replace the CPU
    Low 1-1-2 System board select failure The motherboard is having an undetermined fault. Replace the motherboard
    1-1-3 CMOS read/write error The real time clock/CMOS is faulty. Replace the CMOS if possible
    Low 1-1-3 Extended CMOS RAM failure The extended portion of the CMOS RAM has failed. Replace the CMOS if possible
    1-1-4 BIOS ROM checksum error The BIOS ROM has failed. Replace the BIOS or upgrade if possible
    1-2-1 PIT failure The programmable interrupt timer has failed. Replace if possible
    1-2-2 DMA failure The DMA controller has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    1-2-3 DMA read/write failure The DMA controller has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    1-3-1 RAM refresh failure The RAM refresh controller has failed
    1-3-2 64KB RAM failure The test of the first 64KB RAM has failed to start
    1-3-3 First 64KB RAM failure The first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    1-3-4 First 64KB logic failure The first RAM control logic has failed
    1-4-1 Address line failure The address line to the first 64KB RAM has failed
    1-4-2 Parity RAM failure The first RAM IC has failed. Replace if possible
    1-4-3 EISA fail-safe timer test Replace the motherboard
    1-4-4 EISA NMI port 462 test Replace the motherboard
    2-1-1 64KB RAM failure Bit 0; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-1-2 64KB RAM failure Bit 1; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-1-3 64KB RAM failure Bit 2; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-1-4 64KB RAM failure Bit 3; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-2-1 64KB RAM failure Bit 4; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-2-2 64KB RAM failure Bit 5; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-2-3 64KB RAM failure Bit 6; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-2-4 64KB RAM failure Bit 7; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-3-1 64KB RAM failure Bit 8; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-3-2 64KB RAM failure Bit 9; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-3-3 64KB RAM failure Bit 10; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-3-4 64KB RAM failure Bit 11; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-4-1 64KB RAM failure Bit 12; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-4-2 64KB RAM failure Bit 13; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-4-3 64KB RAM failure Bit 14; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    2-4-4 64KB RAM failure Bit 15; This data bit on the first RAM IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    3-1-1 Slave DMA register failure The DMA controller has failed. Replace the controller if possible
    3-1-2 Master DMA register failure The DMA controller had failed. Replace the controller if possible
    3-1-3 Master interrupt mask register failure The interrupt controller IC has failed
    3-1-4 Slave interrupt mask register failure The interrupt controller IC has failed
    3-2-2 Interrupt vector error The BIOS was unable to load the interrupt vectors into memory. Replace the motherboard
    3-2-3 Reserved
    3-2-4 Keyboard controller failure The keyboard controller has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    3-3-1 CMOS RAM power bad Replace the CMOS battery or CMOS RAM if possible
    3-3-2 CMOS configuration error The CMOS configuration has failed. Restore the configuration or replace the battery if possible
    3-3-3 Reserved
    3-3-4 Video memory failure There is a problem with the video memory. Replace the video adapter if possible
    3-4-1 Video initialization failure There is a problem with the video adapter. Reseat the adapter or replace the adapter if possible
    4-2-1 Timer failure The system's timer IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    4-2-2 Shutdown failure The CMOS has failed. Replace the CMOS IC if possible
    4-2-3 Gate A20 failure The keyboard controller has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    4-2-4 Unexpected interrupt in protected mode This is a CPU problem. Replace the CPU and retest
    4-3-1 RAM test failure System RAM addressing circuitry is faulty. Replace the motherboard
    4-3-3 Interval timer channel 2 failure The system timer IC has failed. Replace the IC if possible
    4-3-4 Time of day clock failure The real time clock/CMOS has failed. Replace the CMOS if possible
    4-4-1 Serial port failure A error has occurred in the serial port circuitry
    4-4-2 Parallel port failure A error has occurred in the parallel port circuitry
    4-4-3 Math coprocessor failure The math coprocessor has failed. If possible, replace the MPU
     
  9. ChfTx

    ChfTx Thread Starter

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    thanks project. I'll hang onto these for future use.

    Seems the problem is fixed with the removal of that audio wire.

    Thanks All!!!!!
     
  10. ~Candy~

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    Are you using the old modem? If not, yank it out to as to avoid future problems.
     
  11. ChfTx

    ChfTx Thread Starter

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    Nope ...........I took the modem out with gloves on and burned it............:D

    Thanks again
     
  12. ~Candy~

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    Whew, that musta smelled real good :eek:
     
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