Please Help, Can't Get Computer To Start Right

By adidasallstarguy ·
ok so here is my problem, when powering on the fans like to kick on then power down before the whole computer starts. Sometimes I will get one long beep, others I can't even get anything to show up on the screen. I have got a few post codes, it is a Biostar board with award bios. Below are the post codes listed. I have tried 3 sticks of Buffalo Select Ram that I am pretty sure is good, and some new Kingston memory.

(17)Test struck 8259?s interrupt bits; Turn off interrupt then verify no interrupt mask
register is on. Setup video I/O operations.

32)Display the Award Plug & Pla y BIOS extension message(PnP BIOS only).Test
EISA extended memory; If EISA mode flag is set then te st EISA memory found in
slots initialization, T his test is skipped in ISA mode and can be skipped with ESC
key in EISA mode.

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Have you tried your graphics card?.

You might want to check your processor is seated properly. Solution: take out and give a good clean, apply a very very small amount of thermal paste on it an spread evenly around the processor. Next give the heatsink and fan a good clean and replace on top of the processor and lock it down firmly.

Take out your graphics card and replace it firmly, then boot up your computer.

Continuous long beeps:
Graphics card not inserted properly.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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Still not starting right

by adidasallstarguy In reply to Have you tried your graph ...

It has onboard video, I wish I had a card to test on it but I don't. Do you think my onboard is bad? Let me know if you got any more ideas. Thanks.

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The Award BIOS Beep Code is available here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Please Help, Can't Get Co ...


Sounds like the PS has carked it so have you considered testing with a Known Good PS to see what happens?


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Still Not Starting Right

by adidasallstarguy In reply to The Award BIOS Beep Code ...

ok so I tried another power supply and I bought a video card, neither worked, its got to be the cpu,right or is there anything else to try.

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What Causes C1 post error?

by adidasallstarguy In reply to Still Not Starting Right

Award (C1)Memory presence test; OEM specific -test to size on- board memory. Bad SIMM.

This is the error I get most often.

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The RAM is BAD

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to What Causes C1 post error ...

Remove the RAM and look see if the Contact Edge is dirty. Use a soft Rubber/Eraser to clean it and refit 1 stick and try to power on. If you only have 1 stick try it in a different M'Board or try a different stick of RAM in this M'Board to see if that makes a difference.


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by willcomp In reply to Please Help, Can't Get Co ...

What mobo (model #)? Specifics for memory (not brands but specs)?

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by adidasallstarguy In reply to Specifics?

Biostar I945G-M7 Version 2.0 board and 2 sticks of Kingston 1gb memory KVR667D2N5K2/2G Also tried 3 sticks of 1gb memory of Buffalo Select D2U533B-1G/BJ

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by willcomp In reply to Specifics?

Memory should be compatible with a P945 chipset.

Can't get a copy of mobo manual on Biostar web site. "Legacy" products are being added back according to message. They must be revising web site.

C1 error is a motherboard specific error (look in mobo manual) but is supposed to be memory related.

Have you tried single sticks of RAM and different slots? A memory controller or memory slot problem is possible.

Are you using a POST card or does mobo have a POST display?

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C1 error

by Jacky Howe In reply to Hmmmm!

C1 = Memory presence test. (OEM Specific-Test to size on-board memory). I haven't seen that one before but your suggestion above is spot on.

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