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By pfedynich2 ·
My computer will not boot. I have Windows 2000 Advanced Server installed. I added a second NIC card and additional RAM. When rebooting I got a blue screen that said it was dumping physical memory. It cycled and restarted and again blue screen with another memory dump. I decided to take out the NIC card and RAM I had installed. Now I get nothing but a constant beeping. I tried to boot from the boot disk but start-up does not make it that far. The box is a 650mhz Pentium III 320MB RAM 32G H/D. I am not concerned about losing any info as there are only programs installed that can easily be reinstalled.

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by dmiles In reply to Multiple beeps on start-u ...

The constant beeping is most likely indicating a memory problem that could be caused by memory that is incompatible with the machine.
Make sure that you have the same memory upgrade to match memory already in system and that memory is not mismatched using 133 ecc compared to non ecc.Check memory carefully to insure that it matches
Check the slots and make sure that the memory is seated properly in the slots.
Check the motherboard manual to see how much memory is supported.
One concern is that the BIOS detecting the memory and configuration is set properly.
Reinstall the faster memory in Bank 0,and work from there,by installing one stick at a time.

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by Raffi_ In reply to Multiple beeps on start-u ...

As you have already removed the new NIC and RAM I would suggest that perhaps you may have dislodged something during the install.

It takes only a couple of things to completely diasable a boot process. Check the following:

- CPU firmly seated in the slot?
- RAM firmly seated?
- video card firmly seated?
- All IDE/flooppy cables secure?

If this is so then try this:
- remove all but 1 stick of ram
- Disconnect ALL cables from the motherboard
- remove ALL cards except video

Stillbeeping? Move the RAM to a differnet slot. Try a PCI video card if available.

Still beeping? Chances are your motherboard is toast (sorry).

If you can now get video signal then all is not lost. Try adding back the devices one by one until theboot fails and you have found the culprit.

Regaqrds
Raffi_

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by pfedynich2 In reply to Multiple beeps on start-u ...

I went back in and applied pressure to all connections. Then re-boted with the boot disk. This time it booted. When the OS came up there was a registry problem so I reinstalled W2K and everything appears to be operating fine. Thanks for the input!

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by burns In reply to Multiple beeps on start-u ...

I agree with raffi, in that you probably dislodged something. Those beeps are called "post codes" and mean that something critical is wrong with your machine such as a nonfunctioning (or just dislodged) cpu, memory, or video card.

What you should do is write down exactly how many and how long the beeps are, ie long, short, short. Then look on your motherboard for a pretty small chip rectagular with a silver sticker on it (the bios chip usually located around the edges). Note who the manufacturer is of this chip (award, phoenix, ami). Then you need to go to their website and look up "post code" in the support section. When you look this up, it will tell you exactly what is not functioning. Then try reseating or replacing that component.

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by danpiers In reply to Multiple beeps on start-u ...

I also agree with the second answer above. There is little doubt that you inadvertantly dislodged something while working inside the unit. This happens all the time. Usually the dislodged part is the memory or the video adapter. Simply turn the power off and remove and replace the memory and the video adapter. Restart the system, and you should be in business. If, by some chance, that doesn't do it, turn the system off again, and reseat all cards and connections. Good luck.

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