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I get 1 long beep followed by 2 short st startup

I reformated my drive and want to re-install windows XP
It does not apparently like my configuration

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    I swapped my ram chips that did the trick!



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The two most common causes for 1 long, 2 short beeps are video and RAM problems. From your post, I'm assuming there is no display on the screen.

(with your computer off) try re-seating your memory (take it out of the slot and re-place it) and reseat your video card as well. If you don't have any luck with that, try taking out all of the RAM sticks except for one...boot and see if it works properly...power off again and put in 1 stick at a time and repeat the process. If you have a bad stick, you can figure out which one has gone bad without having testing equipment in this way.

If your computer was running fine before you reformatted, it's unlikely to be a problem with the motherboard, but with the scenario you've given, it's not likely. If this doesn't work for you, please feel free to comment and expand on the history of the PC.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008

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