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You have a password set on the bios? because you should be able to pull the battery, take the jumper off with the battery still out turn on and off the PC and it should reset. There are programs that can flash the bios in linux, another thing consider is reinstalling a new BIOS worst come to Worse. If anything check the motherboard brand model number and look up a bios.
If your motherboard has an AGP expansion slot you can install any model AGP graphics card in your computer. There are many AGP graphics cards on the market, and depending upon your requirements there is a card to suit eg. a high end APG card with 1Gb of RAM would suit graphics intensive video games. I suggest you identify the make and model of your motherboard then see your friendly compiuter shop and see/ask what graphics card is available that suits your needs.
Without a copy of the diagnostics they did, if it is the video card then they are correct. The video card is a part of the main unit (motherboard). You would need to replace your motherboard, which can be costly.
An alternative is that if you have data you want to keep is that you can put the hard drive in an external hard drive enclosure and get another laptop.
Hey Tony, If you haven't already: pull all pci cards: If you pull the ram, and you get no beeps at post, it's likely the main board. Does the pc beep at all? with or without ram? If not, likely the main board. Sorry. Hope this helps...
I don't know right off hand, my knowledge and experience pertains primarily to laptops, and I generally don't deal with the desk tops that come through my shop, I have a guy for those. If you'll give me until tomorrow afternoon, I'll find out and get back to you. Are you trying to clear a bios password on this or jsut clear the whole thing to default?
Beep problem update - Dell 4700. Last night started computer - cold boot. The screen had just started to light up and then went black and computer started beeping in an interrupted sequence. Fan speed increased considerably (suggesting overheat?) Shut it down and attempted two restarts with no success. This morning I unplugged all cords, opened case, pulled and reset memory cards and vacuumed inside. The computer was very clean so really don't suspect that dust was an issue. Buttoned it back up plugged in plugs and restart successfully accomplished. Have no clue why. Some square electrons, I guess.