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Computer won't boot up

My PC has been working just fine until yesterday.  I used it in the morning but when I when to use in the afternoon, the monitor was dead.  I have rebooted and I get one long tone that seems longer than usual, then the power light blinks on and off. I hear the disk drives ramp up and I get an initial seek or two but then it sits with a flashing power light.
I have tried a different power supply and and a spare Ram stick but the results are the same.
I checked the documentation on the Gigabyte site but can find nothing about the beeps or power light.  Any ideas?  I'm thinking the MB is toast.

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  • andydfw Dec 27, 2008

    The MB does not have onboard video but an add-on AGP card.  I removed it to see if anything changed but it operated the same.  I am thinking it is a MB/mP  issue.

  • andydfw Dec 27, 2008

    You win.  I d id try another AGP and it works!!  Thanks.

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A long beep code often indicates the video card is kaput. If this has onboard video (i.e., the monitor plugs directly into the motherboard) then purchasing an inexpensive video card that will fit into your computer will take care of the problem. If you already have a video card, just swapping it with another one will fix your problem. Oh, and another thing, please rate this solution with a fixya rating, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

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    Kevin Shafer Dec 27, 2008

    If the video card is not working, and you remove it, yes it will still give you the same error because the error indicates that it is a video problem. There are two types of beep codes....one for memory (usually two short and one long beep and you've already tried replacing the memory) and one for video (usually one long tone). Since you indicated that you hear one long beep, this indicates to me that the video card is the culprit. Removing the video card, it does the same thing because the computer is telling you that there is no video card or one cannot be seen.

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If you have the following all working/can be heard working:
hdd,dvd/cd drives,cpu cooling fan, but without display and you have tried a good power supply,then the processor socket is blown. This will stop it booting and the screen light will remain at yellow standby. The board needs replacement, not too many about these day in the socket 478 intel pentium 4 format. I can supply these, but you may be better off installing a motherboard upgrade kit comprising a motherboard, cpu,fan,memory either in Intel P4 socket 775 format or AMD,AM2 format.Both options will secure your data on the hard drive, and bring the pc up to date with the latest hardware at a fraction of the cost of a new pc.Hope this helps.
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