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Posted on Sunday, August 6, 2000 - 11:56 pm:   

OK, I NEED HELP BAD. I am pretty good at computers, but this morning i tried turning on my computer only to get a complete black screen. I thought i have tried everything, but it is of course still broke. Once every 4 or 6 power-ups i get beeps, 1 long 4 short, it is an Award BIOS. I have read thru all the other posts related, nothing. i completely changed power supply, replaced battery, i didn't mess with jumpers becuase they were not touched to begin with. i completely took the whole thing apart and rebuilt it twice. New Hard Drive, 30GB. 64mb RAM 66Mhz. AMD K6II 333Mhz. their was actually one time i turned it on, and got the first line, where it explained my processor, but froze their. keyboard lights light up as well as all the rest when i first hit power button. Replaced Video Card with spare one, nothing. Didn't change any Master/Slave settings for they were never changed to begin with. Took monitor to another computer it is fine. I am just soooo confused, and afraid it is my Mother Board, but have no money to buy a new one, hoping to be able to fix the issue. VERY VERY CONFUSED. Does ANYBODY know what this may be caused from.
Thank-you in Advance
Adam Emswiler (Abe)
Posted on Monday, August 7, 2000 - 6:26 am:   

This sounds like a memory issue. If you have other memory that works, try using it instead. According to Award and their beep code list:

The only AwardBIOS beep code indicates that a video error has occurred and the BIOS cannot initialize the video screen to display any additional information. This beep code consists of a single long beep followed by two short beeps. Any other beeps are probably a RAM (Random Access Memory) problem.

Good luck!
Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 - 4:32 am:   

OK, thank you for the advice, i went ahead and reset the RAM, Changed the power supply back to the old power supply for some weird reason, I took a power tester, and ran it thru the entire power supply and mother board, the light always came on, so i know the mother board and everything is getting all the power it needs, but all of a sudden something weird started happening, the beeps started happening everytime, i turned it on, (which is a good thing) but the funny part is yes, it is one beep then around 3 tiny beeps, (hard to count:)) but then about 3-4 seconds later it gives me another type beep, deeper than the others and only two, EVERY TIME, kinda like "beee boooonk". Never heard it before, weird huh? I really appreciate everyones help, especially you Adam. I guess the only reason i am trying to fix it, is one, my roommates computer is always busy, and two, i have no money to buy replacement parts, hoping i can fix it somehow myself. heehee. Well if any other suggestions come up, PLEASE feel free to give me some input.
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 - 11:51 am:   

I have built many many AMD systems, 9 times outta ten I have found that POST errors like this (If not caused by RAM) are the result of an improper CPU setting or RAM setting. Many AMD mobo's require that you set jumpers depending on your RAM voltage. Many AMD MOBO's seem to document this poorly.

I would go to the website for a more detailed manual, or more up to date one. Many times revisions to the manual have been posted.

Look to verify Proper CPU voltage, Multiplier and Speed Settings, as well as jumpers for RAM Voltage, and Speed. Some boards require alot of jumper/dip switch settings. IF you have jumpers on your board,that are not identified, I will bet this is your problem.

It is also a good idea to remove all components but the Mainboard, RAM, Video Card, Power supply, and Floppy Drive until you get a successful boot. This will narrow down your efforts greatly.

Good luck
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 - 11:52 am:   

Err leave the CPU in too, see above message :)
jasper johnson
Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2000 - 11:35 pm:   

i have had some of the same beep codes, sometimes it means there is a loose connection on the system board, but i did have one machine (a damn Packard Bell)that gave me the same codes and i found out the Motherboard was fried so check all connections make sure there snug and maybe buy a Expantion card called MicroScope, it can diagnose your system and maybe boot it up even if it doesnt work plus it gives you error codes to find out the problems

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