PC Boot-up problem

  Katie's Bloke 15:05 06 Jun 2005

Hi, when I switch on my Packard Bell PC, it beeps a couple of times and then nothing else happens. I've tried using the emergency disk but it doesn't even get as far as reading the A: drive. Has the hard disk failed or is there some other (and less serious) explanation??? Also where's the best place to get it checked out - I'm based in Cambridge.

  Completealias 15:11 06 Jun 2005

How many beeps exactly as they are notifying you of what the problem is

Could be many things

  Katie's Bloke 15:17 06 Jun 2005

first 1 beep on it own then followed by 8 quick beeps.

  Completealias 15:33 06 Jun 2005

According to here click here that is a display test failure.

I would check that my graphics card was seated properly and all the connections to it. Could be that your graphics card has gone

  Completealias 15:37 06 Jun 2005

Do you have another monitor that you check it with?

If you do then connect that up and if all ok then the problem is with your monitor if not I'd say graphics card

  Katie's Bloke 16:49 06 Jun 2005

Ok, thanks, I'll give it a try with another monitor and let you know how it goes.

  Katie's Bloke 17:09 13 Jun 2005

Good news, I opened the computer and made sure all the cards were properly slotted in...I also took out the video card and cleaned it as it very dusty. Switched the computer on and it booted up properly first time!

  Stuartli 18:15 13 Jun 2005

It's the graphics card that was clearly the problem - eight beeps after two slightly longer ones indicate video related involvement.

You can find out what all the beeps signify at:

click here

for future reference.

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