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    by daz’n’ash ·

    I have an old MMX 200 pentium 2 PC and without warning it seems to have developed a problem. When it is started, it gives an continual intermittant beeping. Not just a series of short beeps and stops, but continual, it doesn’t stop until it is turned off again. I have checked and rechecked to ensure all cables are connected in the right places, I have ruled out the possibility that the video card is the problem, and it is doubtful that the motherboard could have a problem too as it was in use earlier in the day without a problem. Any ideas what this problem might be and how to resolve it?
    Also, does anyone know where on the web I might find relevant information for such problems?

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    • #3614479

      troubleshooting

      by dklippert ·

      In reply to troubleshooting

      Take a look at:
      http://www.PCNineOneOne.com/howto/bootprob1.html
      (There are no spaces in the URL)
      The second page of the troubleshooting paper deals with beeps with references to manufacturers.

      • #3614386

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        by daz’n’ash ·

        In reply to troubleshooting

        Thank you for your input, but it didn’t really help me a lot. I did find interesting information though. Just not for the continous short beeping problem. If you have any other ideas, please feel free to contact me.

    • #3614471

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      by dmiles ·

      In reply to troubleshooting

      There are a couple of other things that may cause this.
      Memory gone bad will aet off one long beep,check the modules one at a time,replacing the sticks one ata a time
      Disconnect the Keyboard and boot the computer or replace wtih another keyboard
      If you find the above does not clear up your problem then check the CPU.
      Depending on your bios manufacturer look at the following sites for troubleshooting beep codes
      http://www.pcguide.com/ts/x/sys/beep
      http://www.computercraft.com/docs/beeps/html
      http://www.hardwarecentral.com/hardwrecentral/tutorials/13/1
      http://www.hi-tech.net/zones/help-beep.html
      http://www.pchell.com/hardware/beepcodes.shtml

    • #3614364

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      by jdfcomputer ·

      In reply to troubleshooting

      only 3 problems would give this result.

      improperly seated CPU
      improperly configured BIOS
      video problem

      try pulling the RAM and putting it back in
      try clearing the BIOS with the jumper on the motherboard.
      try pulling the video card and seating it in a different slot.

      for more info try searching on google.com for BIOS error beeps

      • #3614343

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        by daz’n’ash ·

        In reply to troubleshooting

        Thank you for answering my question, we have tried all of your suggestions and even tried 2 different video cards, still the problem persists. If you think of anything else, please don’t hesitate to email me.

    • #3615958

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      by damjef ·

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      REMOVE ALL HARDWARE CONNECTED TO THE MOTHERBOARD WITH EXCEPTION OF RAM,CPU&FAN AND THE POWER SUPPLY. RESET THE MOTHERBARD AND POWER UP. IF CONTINUOUS BEEP IS PRESENT THEN RAM OR DIMM,SIMM SLOT DAMAGED, IF SWAPPED & CHECKED AND BEEP STILL PRESENT THEN CPU OR BOARD HAS TO BE AT FAULT ALTHOUGH CONTINUOUS BEEP IS USUALLY ASSOCIATED WITH RAM. IF THE YOU HERE A NICE POST BEEP THEN JUST ADD HARDWARE ONE BY ONE TILL CONTINUOUS BLEEP OCCURS. ITS ALWAYS WISE TO ADD THE VGA CARD AND MONITOR FIRST INCASE THE SYSTEM WANTS TO GIVE YOU ANY CLUES. TECHREPUBLIC IS USUALLY THE BEST PLACE TO FIND ANYTHING OUT.YOU COULD TRY THE SITE OF THE BIOS MANUFACT’ HOPE THIS HELPS, PAUL.

      • #3615752

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        by daz’n’ash ·

        In reply to troubleshooting

        Thank you very much for your answer. We had eliminated all possibility of hardware failure as we tested each individually in another computer and all worked fine. After reading your reply, and upon closer inspection of the motherboard we discovered that the solder is cracked under where the ram chips are seated. So obviously whoever was working on it was a little heavy handed at putting in the ram chips. Thanks again for your help.

    • #3615751

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      by daz’n’ash ·

      In reply to troubleshooting

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