Computer will not start up

  John Hodges 15:54 22 Feb 2005

My computer was working well. When trying to start up now it beeps three times - and then nothing happens. Power light and HD light show activity - but does not even progress to checking floppy drive let alone activating monitor. Just three beeps - a pause then 3 beeps - and so on ad infinitum. Cannot find an expalnation for the 3 beeps during the POST. Can anyone help?
Currently using friend's computer.
John Hodges

  Happy Soul 15:59 22 Feb 2005

It could be Base 64k mem failure (Bad memory?)

Search for your motherboard to double check the codes.

  MichelleC 16:00 22 Feb 2005

This may help click here

  VoG II 16:00 22 Feb 2005
  georgemac © 16:41 22 Feb 2005

you need to open your pc and have a look at how many memory modules are fitted - remember to take anti static precautions

I always switch the socket off at the wall and leave the cable connected and touch the case first

check the memory modules are firmly seated - if there are more than 1 remove them 1 at a time and try the pc with each one in turn to see if it works

when you have the side off check to see that copious amounts of dust have not gathered inside around the cpu cooler and other components

also look at the motherboard make and model which is usually printed somewhere on the motherboard or post back your system model - this will allow us to identify the bios beep codes. pretty sure it is pointing at memory failure

  georgemac © 16:44 22 Feb 2005

click here guide if you are unsure

  John Hodges 19:36 22 Feb 2005

I have identified the beep code - and it indicates base 64 K RAM failure. Where is this located (presume onboard memory)and am I therefore looking at replacing the motherboard?

  georgemac © 20:53 22 Feb 2005

not on onboard memory - on one of the memory modules - the motherboard is beeping at you telling you where the fault lies - there is every chance it is OK.

  georgemac © 21:03 22 Feb 2005

from a help site "Your computer has memory problems. First check video. If video is working, you'll see an error message. If not, you have a parity error in your first 64K of memory. First check your SIMM's. Reseat them and reboot. If this doesn't do it, the memory chips may be bad. You can try switching the first and second banks memory chips. First banks are the memory banks that your CPU finds its first 64K of base memory in. You'll need to consult your manual to see which bank is first. If all your memory tests good, you probably need to buy another motherboard."

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