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Continuous Long Beeps, No Video During Boot - GA-M61VME-S2 MB

I decided to upgrade my system. Home built GA-M61VME-S2 MB with a 700W ATX PS. 3.5Floppy is connected, IDE connector has the DVD and CD Drives. Ultra 133 PCI Card for my 120GB HD in the bottom slot. CPU is an AMD Anthlon 64.

I'm running Ubuntu 8.04LTS and added two 750GB SATA drives without any problems.

Here is where my problem is:

Old memory Kingston 1GB stick (KVR533D2N/1G). New memory is Kingston 4GB DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz (KVR800D2K2/4GR).

Old video is on-board from the MB. New video is a GeForce 8600GT PCI Express, 512MB DDR2, 128bit.

When I boot the computer I get continuous long beeps (DRAM error?) and no video on the monitor.

I put the old memory back in, left it out, and get the same problem. I have taken the video card out and switched back to the on-board video with the same results. I have taken the CMOS battery out to reset the BIOS (will replace later today). I'll also start the gambit of taking the PCI card out and disconnecting the drives when I replace the battery.

Any ideas? TIA.

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  • longbow32198 Jan 18, 2009

    It’s fixed, WOOHOO!

    Here’s how I did it: I put the 1GB stick in memory slot #2 (DDRII_2) with everything disconnected/removed. The motherboard reset itself. Video came back, one short beep during power-up, and the computer whined about nothing connected.

    I did change the CMOS battery. That most likely didn’t have anything to do with my problem. The remove/install drives and cards made no difference before installing the 1GB stick in slot #2.

    After the reset I put each component back in one at a time, rebooting without any further errors or problems.

    Both solutions fixed the problem. THANKS!


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You don't need to take it apart the long beeps are corrupted RAM. Either it was zapped with Static electricity or your motherboard is frying your RAM or it is not seated properly. I have seen this problem before, where the motherboard is frying the RAM cause it is getting to much electricity. You'll need one more new RAM stick, and install it with nothing else, no PCI cards, no cd rom. You just want to get past boot until you get the single beep. Then add one card back at a time until you find the problem. Or you can do the reverse, leave the RAM in, and take one piece of hardware out at a time, reboot, until you find what is causing the problem.

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Continuous long beeps indicate memory fault. You can try and put your memory in each of the slots. After all, maybe memory slot is faulty, not the memory itself. Clean the slots with a brush and try again. There is no need to remove PCI expansion cards nor any other hardware. If the beeps continue even with memory that you are sure is working, then it is a motherboard problem. You also tried resetting the BIOS and that's good solution. Hope it helps.

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