Beeps explained!

  [email protected] 17:10 24 Dec 2003

Nice one for Christmas Eve.My friend just called me with his problem: His PC refuses to boot up after being idle for some months. Win98. It emits regularly a long "beep" which presumably is an indication of some sort,but what? Nothing appears on the monitor but the Hard Drive neon shows activity for a short time.Is anyone able to help,just by pointing in the right direction perhaps.Maybe a quick note to Father Christmas may be the answer! Thanks and Merry Christmas to everyone.

  Big Elf 17:18 24 Dec 2003

A visit to the motherboard manufacturers site should help. Hopefully a list of the error codes will be available. Alternatively the BIOS suppliers site also may have this information available.

  [email protected] 17:24 24 Dec 2003

thanks for the steerage and Merry Christmas.

  powerless 17:27 24 Dec 2003
  Diemmess 17:29 24 Dec 2003

If the graphics card is not fully home in its slot, or the data connection is poor, I think that could be enough to cause this long beep.

The card itself may have gone home, but a Video beep will only occur if there is no protocol handshake which is still valid even when the monitor is switched off.

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