1 long bleep 2 short, pc fail to start

  grumpy-git 09:50 24 May 2010

Obviously something is wrong with my Vista laptop.

Nothing appears on the screen. The hard drive activity light flashes a few times, the fan can be heard after a while, but nothing else happens.

Is it a hard drive failure?


  birdface 09:54 24 May 2010

1 long, 2 short Indicates a video error has occurred and the BIOS cannot initialize the video screen to display any additional information.
That is what it means how you sort it I have no idea.

  birdface 09:55 24 May 2010

Googled so some more to have a look at until someone can help.

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  Graphicool1 10:01 24 May 2010

It could be one of the following...

(1) - DMA page register test failed (AST RESEARCH BIOS)
(2) - Video failure (AMI (American Megatrends') BIOS) or (Award BIOS)
(3) - Video error (Compaq BIOS) or (IBM BIOS) or (Quadtel BIOS)

  grumpy-git 10:15 24 May 2010

Thanks, that's a start. In panic mode at the moment - as you can imagine!

I can hear the hard drive start up & spin, which is something I suppose, but no idea where to go from here.

Haven't looked inside the laptop before, so no idea what is in there. It's an Acer Aspire 9300.

  Graphicool1 11:12 24 May 2010

How old is it? If it's still under guarantee, don't mess with it, take it back.

  grumpy-git 11:17 24 May 2010

Just over 2 years, I think I extended the Acer warranty for 3 years. It's a major problem I presume?

  Jollyjohn 11:45 24 May 2010

Do you have a monitor available? You could plug in an external monitor and see if you get a picture. This would then show it was the screen at fault.
Certainly contact Acer for help especially if you have extended the warranty.

  grumpy-git 12:58 24 May 2010

Yes, I have the monitor for my desktop, never thought to try that. No idea if connector will fit, something to try later.

  grumpy-git 13:05 24 May 2010

Tried the monitor, comes up with "no signal".

  Ex plorer 14:35 24 May 2010

My son had same problem with Sam-sung NC10. OS XP.

I tried a external monitor and still no signal to use an external monitor on NC10 was to hit the FN and F4 button simultaneously and that switched on the laptop and external monitor.
I held them down during boot up.

Found this for the Acer Aspire 9300.

Try the "Fn + key" to make sure you have selected the external monitor and then rebooted the computer?

In order for the laptop to recognize the new monitor it has to be installed and configured.

Usually a reboot with it connected will do the trick. You may also have to play with the Fn keys to select the alternative video source. Hope this helps!

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