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Error code one long beep on startup smells like something burning

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  • Anonymous Oct 12, 2008

    I noticed the problem developing over a couple of monthe. First, the screen would blink on and off after the power saver had turned it off. Then the machine started beeping on boot up, but I didn't record the beeps. I noticed the text on the boot up screen was wrong, eg the "O"'s had dots in the center. Then it went to "In power saver mode" on boot up. Then the beeps stopped. Then it went to one long beep and would not boot until I pushed the power button off and on. It will boot when I push the power back on a 2nd or 3rd time. When it does boot, running in 1200x1600 32 color, it works fine. Sys Diag found a error in video ram and with the CD player.

  • Ernell Ordonez
    Ernell Ordonez May 11, 2010

    have you installed a new hardware earlier? that is most likely the one burning, maybe its not compatible with your system.


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Go down about 1/4 of the page to the heading "AMI BIOS beep codes" and look for your BIOS manufacturer. This should help you solve the problem. Please reply which BIOS model you have for more help.

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